Questions to Ask Before Starting a Fitness Program
Moderate exercise is safe for most people, but it's always a good idea to talk to a doctor before starting an exercise program. If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, it is especially important to talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program. He or she may recommend a supervised or restricted program to meet your specific needs.
- Do you have heart trouble?
- Do you have pains in your heart or chest?
- Do you have Reference high blood pressure Opens New Window?
- Do you ever feel faint or have dizzy spells?
- Do you have Reference arthritis Opens New Window or other bone or joint problems that could limit your physical activities?
- Do you have Reference diabetes Opens New Window? (Increased exercise affects your Reference insulin Opens New Window needs.)
- Do you have two or more risk factors for heart disease? Risk factors include Reference high cholesterol Opens New Window, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and a Reference family history Opens New Window of early Reference coronary artery disease Opens New Window.
- Are you age 65 or older and not used to exercise?
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 26, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science