The Intensive Group Stroke Exercise Program runs three days per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8am to 9 am. It is a 12 week program that starts a new cycle once registration fills. The program is supervised by Certified Exercise Physiologists (CSEP-CEP) with help from Kinesiologists and kinesiology student volunteers. Exercises will be performed in a circuit style which will limit the amount of rest time between exercises. This circuit style will also keep everyone active and engaged the entire time. The program will consist of strength, balance, and cardiovascular training to help improve all aspects of physical fitness.
Increasing physical activity (including exercise) after stroke will improve fitness and improve common post-stroke functional problems such as: fatigue, cognition problems, balance, gait, mobility, etc.
Physical activity also has the potential to provide psychosocial benefits, particularly through group activity and has been proven to increase quality of life and decrease depression. Furthermore, because physical inactivity and cardiorespiratory fitness are risk factors for first-ever stroke; physical activity and exercise may also have a role reducing the chance of recurrent stroke and other comorbid conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc.
A group setting for stroke exercises is not a new thing. However, FSWC will use our methods to add more intensity and innovation to the program. Currently the other programs in Canada are the Together In Movement and Exercise (TIME™), the Fit for Function: A community wellness program for persons with stroke, and Fitness and Mobility Exercise (FAME) program. These other programs are offered in Ontario, British Columbia, and New Brunswick, however the only group program currently available in Saskatchewan is in Saskatoon.