Do You Need to Talk to Your Doctor Before You Start an Exercise Program?
Specific Questions to Ask Yourself
- Do you have a heart condition?
- Do you have chest pain or discomfort when you are physically active? Do you have this pain even when you are not exercising?
- Does your heart often beat too fast or too slow when you are at rest?
- Do you become lightheaded, lose your balance, or lose consciousness? During the past year, have you fallen more than 2 times?
- Do you have problems with your bones or joints? If so, does this problem become worse when you exercise? Do your legs or buttocks hurt when you walk?
- Do you take medications to treat a heart condition or a blood pressure problem?
- Do you have any wounds on your feet? Do these wounds take a long time to heal?
- During the past six months, have you had unexplained weight loss?
- Can you think of any reason why you should not get involved in an exercise program?
American Council on Exercise http://www.acefitness.org
The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports http://www.fitness.gov
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology http://www.csep.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Before you start an exercise program. American Council on Exercise website. Available at: http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy%5Fliving%5Ffit%5Ffacts%5Fcontent.aspx?itemid=2612. Accessed December 9, 2015.
Coronary artery disease (CAD). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 26, 2015. Accessed December 9, 2015.
Physical activity guidelines for Americans EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 9, 2013. Accessed December 9, 2015.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2015 -
- Update Date: 12/09/2015 -