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Recovering From Stroke: Which Activities Help Regain Cognitive Performance?

A lot of people get into cognitive testing because of a specific disruption, such as a stroke, and want to monitor how effective recovery efforts are.

A new review of the research suggests that exercise is an effective stroke recovery effort. Not a surprising result, perhaps, but every new scientific confirmation of physical activity's benefits can provide a bit more motivation to get moving and hope for recovery.

Which kind of exercise is best? A mix of cardiovascular exercise and strength training yielded the biggest impact on cognitive recovery in this review. Here's a summary of the research from the American Heart Association.

Nobody is immune to disruptions to cognition, such as stroke. By having an ongoing record of your cognitive performance, you have a “normal” level of cognitive performance to maintain. If anything does happen, that data can help formulate specific recovery goals, and prove the personal effectiveness of recovery efforts such as exercise.

It’s never too early to start tracking your cognition and exercise by logging in to Cambridge Brain Sciences.

This post was written by Mike Battista, a staff scientist at Cambridge Brain Sciences.