Physical activity and exercise are vital to recovery after a brain injury. Whether you are starting exercise for the first time or returning to exercise after injury, strength training and cardiovascular activity can help to improve strength, mobility, cognitive function and overall quality of life.
Recovering from a traumatic brain injury can often be a slow and persevering process filled with many ups and downs. Improving both physical fitness and mental fitness are key when returning to daily activities, work or school, sports and other life events.
Many individuals recovering from brain injury have lower overall fitness levels when compared to individuals of similar age without a brain injury, which can contribute to increased feelings of fatigue, tiredness, headache and dizziness.
Low motivation and mood are also symptoms that are compounded by fatigue, making regular activity more challenging to pursue. As a result, many individuals recovering from a brain injury have difficulty completing tasks involving dynamic balance.
Exercise and physical activity, when done on a regular basis, help restore energy levels, boost mood and improve sleep to improve health outcomes and recovery. Improving one’s strength and conditioning can carry over to better performance of instrumental activities of daily living, while challenging one’s dynamic balance can play a part in falls prevention and gait quality.
Dynamic Balance Exercises
This workout combines the principles of strength training and dynamic balance exercises as we engage in a mindful circuit-based full body workout. Beginning with a dynamic warm up, we move through 3 rounds of strength-based moves and end with cool down stretches.
Brain Injury Recovery & Exercise Professionals
As exercise professionals, we know that everyone can benefit from regular exercise or physical activities when these movements are performed efficiently. This is even true for people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Professional guidance from a certified exercise physiologist, who understands the barriers to movement and exercise, can help you achieve your physical activity goals.
If you are recovering from an injury and have questions or need guidance on starting or getting back to an exercise routine, contact us today for a complimentary consultation and find out how our team can help you.
Shriya MaharajCertified Exercise Physiologist
Shriya believes in finding ways for clients to be active no matter their mobility or fitness level. She uses a combination of education and exercises principles to help clients, including the elderly and those with musculoskeletal, neurological, metabolic and cardiovascular conditions, complete daily activities and manage pain.