Surviving a stroke is no excuse for not exercising – but it may require some changes in how you do it. We talked about getting active again to 87-year-old-survivor Lorraine Essig of Loveland, Col.; physiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Frates of Harvard Medical School; and Dr. Dorian Rose, a physical therapist with a PhD in biokinesiology and a researcher in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. The most important thing we learned is that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to exercising after stroke, but any amount of exercise is better than no exercise at all. As Dr. Rose said, “Yes, you’ve had a stroke, but you can choose to be a healthy stroke survivor or an unhealthy one.”
Supplemental Information: Read our full interview on getting active and staying active with Dr. Elizabeth Frates. .
- Interview with physiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Frates of Harvard Medical School; Getting Active, Staying Active
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