All stroke survivors should have a pre-exercise evaluation done by their doctor before starting an exercise program. The effects of exercise on stroke are less established than those on heart disease, but most studies show benefits. The following are some examples:

  • According to one major analysis, men cut their risk for stroke in half if their exercise program was roughly equivalent to about an hour of brisk daily walking 5 days a week. In the same study, exercise that involved recreation was more protective against stroke than exercise routines consisting simply of walking or climbing.
  • A study of women also found substantial protection from stroke in brisk walking or striding (rather than casual walking).

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