People who exercise regularly, but who then suffer a stroke, make a better recovery and are less disabled long term, new research suggests. The study looked at 673 people who’d had a stroke. They were asked about how much exercise they’d done before they became ill. About half exercised less than once a week. Around 3 in 10 did moderate physical activity between one and three times a week, and about 2 in 10 were more energetic, exercising four times a week or more.
The researchers then looked at how badly disabled people were by a stroke. Immediately after a stroke, people who had done more exercise were less disabled, judging by their disability scores.