Regular physical activity can help to reduce your risk of stroke. Regular physical activity raises the level of “good” cholesterol (HDL) in your body. It makes muscles — including your heart — more efficient, and helps your blood to circulate.

Physical activity can also help you reduce stress, control your blood pressure, prevent or control diabetes, and maintain a healthy body weight.

Most people can reduce their risk of stroke by being physically active. As a person with stroke, you will have to work with your doctor, physical therapist, and other members of your stroke rehabilitation team to decide what sort of activities you can safely do and how hard you should exercise. The following video highlights the numerous benefits of exercise.