A safe and effective exercise program can play an important role in the rehabilitation process following a brain injury. For example, regular physical activity can help improve your balance and coordination, reduce reliance on assistive devices, and enhance your ability to do everyday activities and thus remain independent. Furthermore, following a brain injury, individuals who exercise are typically less depressed and report better quality of life than those who do not exercise. The key is to determine what type of exercise is best for you and to follow a program that accommodates your individual needs and concerns.
Your exercise program should be designed to maximize the benefits with the fewest risks of aggravating your health or physical condition. A certified fitness professional can work with you and your health care provider to establish realistic goals and design a safe and effective program that addresses your specific needs.