Starting an exercise program is a great idea. Whether you are training for something specific or just trying to maintain or start a healthy lifestyle, it is a good idea to check with a doctor before you begin any exercise regimen if you have not been active and in some cases if you have.
If you have already been an active person and are just switching up your exercise routine it is probably not necessary to see a physician before making a small change. If you have been inactive or are making a major change in your exercise regimen, you should probably double check with a physician. If you may be pregnant you should also consult a physician.
Individuals should especially check with a physician before any exercise regimen if they have a history of high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, lung disease or diabetes. Exercise can affect people with these disease processes in different ways. If you have symptoms of a serious disease such as dizziness, shortness of breath, swelling of the ankles or a rapid heartbeat, a physician should also be consulted before beginning any exercise regimen.
If an individual has had a major lifestyle change such as having quit smoking within the last 6 months, a significant weight gain or weight loss or increased stress, a physician should also be consulted before beginning an exercise regimen.
Starting an exercise program is great for your health but be sure you indeed are healthy before you begin!