Increasing physical activity has been shown to increase independence and reduce dependence on others following stroke. A number of studies have demonstrated benefits from both cardiorespiratory and mixed training on participant on several different measures of “disability” and suggest that, following stroke, increased physical activity increases capacity in specific tasks like walking as well as more holistic measures of independence.
Quality of Evidence
Grade A-This recommendation comes from a synthesis of studies in the form of a Cochrane review and thus can be considered of high quality.
Strength of Recommendation
Grade 1- This recommendation comes from a synthesis of studies in the form of a Cochrane review and thus can be considered strong
Supporting increase in physical activity following stroke can result in improvements in function and reduced dependence on others. This may be helpful in empowering people after stroke to feel more in control of their daily lives.
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