Exercise is good for staying healthy, but doing it when you're well may help after you've gotten sick.
A new study in Neurology, a journal of the American Academy of Neurology, studied stroke victims with an average age of 68.
The subjects were questioned about how active they were before their stroke. It seems those who were most active were far less likely to have as severe a stroke as those who reported being least active.
The most active folks also had less severe problems after the stroke too. Doctors also said they recovered better.
For seniors, researchers said many reported such tasks as gardening and light housework is what kept them going.