Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Workouts Help Stroke Victims; Early Detection Best Form of Defence

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Workouts Help Stroke Victims; Early Detection Best Form of Defence

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Byline: SAMANTHA ELLEY samantha.elley@northernstar.com.au

WENDY TYLER, of Wollongbar, and David Platt, of Alstonville, were gym buddies for a day yesterday - not because they are fitness fanatics but because they've both suffered a stroke.

Wendy's stroke, 12 years ago, affected the left side of her body.

"I got it the week before Easter in 1997," she said. "Now I find it very difficult to walk without help."

Wendy, 56, rides her wheelchair to the gym for a workout session with Danielle Loveless, an independent exercise physiologist.

"We're working on a regular program targeting specific areas while introducing new things," Ms Loveless said. "We do a bit of walking, a workout on the bike and also use light hand weights."

Ms Loveless said Wendy would also be able to use the leg press, as her left leg still has function.

"We work on maintaining what is still functional and bringing awareness back into the body," she said.

"If you don't use it, you lose it," Wendy laughed. …

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