Before You Begin…

Before you Begin …

 It is well known that regular exercise can help you control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease, and strengthen your bones and muscles. But before you put on your swim suit, you may want to talk to your doctor.

Although physical activity is perfectly safe for most people, sometimes it’s important to get a doctor’s approval before you exercise.  Most experts in the field of exercise science suggest you talk to your doctor before you start an exercise program if any of the following apply:

  • You have diabetes or heart, liver or kidney disease.
  • You feel pain in your chest, joints or muscles during physical activity.
  • You have poor circulation.
  • You experience problems with your feet.
  • You have arthritis or osteoporosis.
  • You’ve had joint replacement surgery.
  • You experience symptoms such as loss of balance, dizziness or loss of consciousness.
  • You take medication to manage a chronic condition.
  • You have an untreated joint or muscle injury, or persistent symptoms after a joint or muscle injury.
  • You’re pregnant.
  • You have a family history of heart disease before age 55.
  • You have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  • You smoke or you quit smoking in the past six months.
  • You’re overweight or obese.
  • You’re unsure of your health status.
  • You’re a man older than age 45 or a woman older than age 55.

Working with your doctor ahead of time may be the best way to plan an exercise program that’s right for you. Consider it the first step on the path to physical fitness.   Then….join us at myswimcoachonline.com and never train alone again