7 Reasons Why Every Stroke Survivor Is an Athlete

7 Reasons Why Every Stroke Survivor Is an Athlete

All stroke survivors are athletes, but not all stroke survivors behave like athletes.

And that’s where the potential lies.

By focusing on the following 7 similarities, you can focus on what’s important, which will take your recovery to the next level.

Repetitive Practice

Similarity #1: Both athletes and survivors use neuroplasticity to improve their physical (and mental) performance.

We talk about neuroplasticity a lot here on the blog. For the newbies, neuroplasticity is how your brain heals itself after injury – and it’s only made possible through massed practice.

As you repeat a specific movement over and over, it strengthens the neural connections in your brain responsible for making those movements.

That’s how practice leads to perfect.

Damn Good Vision

Similarity #2: Both athletes and survivors wildly benefit from gargantuan goal-setting.

Those top-notch athletes only make it to the Olympics because they have their eyes fixed on one gargantuan goal: getting to the Olympics.

We can all benefit from gargantuan goals, and here’s how to do it right:

  • Set a big, hairy goal (a full recovery, perhaps) and write it down
  • Break it down into tiny steps (write those down too) and start there first
  • Make sure your goals are outcome-oriented, and read them every day

When you do these things without skipping any, you WILL see physical results.

And it speeds the recovery process up, too.

Mental Practice

Similarity #3: Both athletes and survivors can increase their gains by combining physical practice with mental practice.

The art of mental practice is greatly underrated, which could explain why athletes who use it far exceed the rest. (Think, Michael Phelps.)

To use mental practice, simply visualize yourself doing the movements that you want to master. It will trigger neuroplasticity the same way that physical exercise does, which will help you recover faster.

Refer to our other article to learn 2 more specific techniques for mental practice.

Love for Cardio (Yes, Really)

Similarity #4: Both athletes and survivors can benefit from cardio and weight training.

Athletes use it for endurance and excellence in their sport. Survivors use it to regain coordination and energy.

Yes, cardio increases energy! Although it seems counterintuitive, exercise stores energy, and the more stored energy you have in your muscles, the less fatigue you will experience.

That’s one reason why exercise gets easier as you continue to practice every day.

Massive Action

Similarity #5: Both athletes and stroke survivors benefit from massive action.

In the beginning, massive action is hard. But in time, it gets easier.

The part that matters the most is the intention to take massive action. Every athlete and survivor knows that exercise will make them better, but actually doing exercise is what sets the champions apart.

Start small, but aim big! And once you get moving, you’ll keep moving.

Burning Desire

Similarity #6: Both athletes and stroke survivors have the desire to move better.

This isn’t anything new.

The difference, however, lies in what that desire does to your gains. Those who have a burning desire to achieve their goals will naturally be more motivated to take massive action than someone who doesn’t.

It’s the internal game, which is completely new.

This article on reprogramming your mind for growth can help with that.

Stubborn Beliefs

Similarity #7: Both athletes and survivors cannot afford to let limiting beliefs get in their way.

Limiting beliefs like the plateau and nocebo effect only serve one purpose: to trip you up. They play dirty, and you don’t need limiting beliefs hanging around messing up your chances of success.

Instead, athletes and stroke survivors need perseverance, resilience, and downright stubbornness.

Successful, stubborn stroke survivors have damn good vision, and they read their goals every morning to keep that vision fresh in their mind. They also take massive action (and take plenty of naps because of it), which leads to mammoth results.

Even before they go to bed, they mentally practice for the next day, because they’re so focused on winning that they eat, sleep, and breathe a successful stroke recovery. And it works because they’re stubborn about the right things.

Are you ready to take some massive action? Use our free resources to get started: