Doctor, First and Then, Exercise
You are planning to start an exercise program. Maybe your start is from sedentary activity. Answering a few short questions comprised of 5-7 questions can help rule out any underlying health concerns that could worsen with exercise.
Here are some things to consider;
1. Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?
2. Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?
3. In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity?
4. Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness?
5. Do you have a bone or joint problem (for example, back, knee, or hip) that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
6. Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs (for example, water pills) for your blood pressure or heart condition?
7. Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?
8. Are you a man over 45 years old 0r a women over the age of 55? Or, are you less than 55 years old and past menopause, but not taking estrogen?
9. Has any male family member died of a heart attack before age 55? Or, has any female family member died of a heart attack before age 65?
10. Do you smoke cigarettes?
11. Has a doctor ever told you have high blood pressure? Or, has your blood pressure been measured more than once at greater than 140 over 90? Or, do you take high blood pressure medicine?
12. Has your doctor ever told you that you have high cholesterol? Or, do you know if your total cholesterol is greater than 200? Or, is your HDL cholesterol less than 35?
13. Do you consider yourself physically inactive at work and during your leisure time?
A YES to any of these types of questions and you should check with your doctor. Your doctor can clear you for exercise before you start. If you have any chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or arthritis) or risk factors (such as smoking or being more than 20 pounds overweight), you should do so before beginning.
Remember when you do start: Start Slowly and Build Up the intensity and duration of your exercise duration ggradually. Trying to make up for lost time, or go from couch potato to exercise maven overnight, is a prescription for problems.