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3rd April 2024

The social benefits of exercise

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Social isolation is common following a stroke.

However, this can often be the worst thing for your recovery, with recent research showing that lack of social support and loneliness contribute to an increased risk of secondary stroke and cardiovascular issues.

The importance of group exercise post-stroke

Research has shown that exercising in a group class can have a powerful effect on both your mental and physical health.

In a group, you’re more likely to exercise consistently, complete a longer session and have higher motivation towards intensity during the workout!

The Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology published a study investigating the ‘Kohler effect’ of exercising alone versus in a group.

They performed the first series of five exercises alone, holding each position as long as they could and after a rest period, repeated alongside a partner of the same gender.

Those who exercised with a more-capable partner increased their plank time by 24%! The Kohler effect demonstrates that when we exercise in a group, we tend to perform better than when training alone.

Regular exercise is essential following a stroke to improve strength, cardiovascular health, mobility, balance and much more. It is important to remember that exercise classes come in many different forms, so it is key to choose one that you ENJOY!

The endorphins your body produces when exercising, combined with the mood boosting effects of socialisation can be a winning combination.

How can an Exercise Physiologist help?

An Exercise Physiologist can support your exercise needs following a stroke, while also promoting a space to socialise and connect with like-minded people.

Whether you are completing your own individual exercise program in a group environment, or participating in group-style classes such as yoga, Tai Chi or boxing, an Exercise Physiologist is trained to support you.

The Brain x Body Fitness Studio at Unley and Woodville offer group exercise classes with individualised exercise programs alongside yoga, dance, mat Pilates and boxing.

Click here to find out how to get started! Otherwise find a local Exercise Physiologist on the Exercise Sport Science Australia website and type in your postcode: