If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to start to exercise more then read on………………..
Ranking in one of the top 3 New Year’s resolutions is to start to exercise regularly. Maybe you have even been given a membership to a gym for a Christmas gift? Whilst in the medical profession we actively encourage regular exercise, for those who have not exercised for any significant time it may be wise to have a simple medical check up prior to starting.
If you feel you are generally fit and well and have no chronic (long term) health issues, a check up may just be a simple visit with your G.P. who will give you the ‘once over’.
However, for people with certain health conditions it is more important that they do indeed get the ‘green light’ before they start any significant exercise. Definitely consult your family doctor if:
You have been sedentary for over a year
You are over 65 and don't currently exercise
You have any history of heart disease
You have had a previous heart attack or stroke
You have been diagnosed with heart conditions
You were born with any heart defects
You have ever suffered unexplained chest pain
You have ever suffered unexplained breathing difficulties
You are pregnant or you're having difficulty getting pregnant
You have diabetes
You are asthmatic
You suffer from ‘dizzy spells’ or have problems with balance
Almost always, whatever your health problem, some type of exercise will still be possible but advice may have to be tailored to your particular needs.