As many as 70% of stroke survivors complain about fatigue. Many stroke survivors think that fatigue is the worst thing caused by their stroke.
Stroke survivors should be four times as tired as everyone else, and I can prove it. Research shows that, when you compare survivors to age-matched “couch potatoes," the stroke survivors are in half as good cardiovascular health. Research also shows that most everything (i.e. walking, dressing, bathing etc.) takes twice as much energy after a stroke. Mathematically…
(Twice as much energy needed)
x (half as much energy available)
= (I need a nap)
The best thing you can do is stay in good cardiovascular and muscular shape. This means resistance training and cardio work. It may be counter-intuitive, but exercise increases energy. Other things that will help increase energy levels include
• Eating well
• drinking plenty of water
• sleeping well
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