Before You Exercise (Heart Health)
If you’re about begin a fitness plan, keep in mind that it’s best to start slowly. While you may eventually work your way up to a very intense exercise program, beginners should set attainable goals and think realistically â€” then build on their success. If you are starting a slow, sensible physical activity program, you probably don’t need to consult your doctor. You should talk with your doctor, however, if you:
-Have heart disease or have had a heart attack.
-Take medicine for high blood pressure or a heart condition.
-Want to do a more difficult activity, like jogging, and are over 40 years old if a man, or over 50 if a woman.
-Have more than one risk factor, including high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, or if you’re overweight.
-Have a family history of heart disease (before the age of 45 for men and 55 for women).
Once your doctor gives you the green light, you can begin to incorporate exercise into your healthy new lifestyle.