Exercise is good for everyone. Keys to getting the most out of exercise is making sure the activities are safe and don't have a negative impact on your health.
Before you begin your exercise program, consider any health concerns or problems you might have. Ask yourself the following questions:
|Has a doctor ever told me that I have a heart condition and recommended only medically supervised exercise?||Yes||No|
|Do I know of any other reason I need medical supervision when I exercise?||Yes||No|
|Do I get chest discomfort when I exercise?||Yes||No|
|Have I started to get chest discomfort in the last week?||Yes||No|
|Do I get dizzy spells that cause me to fall or lose consciousness?||Yes||No|
|Do I have a bone or joint problem that could get worse by exercising?||Yes||No|
|Has a doctor ever recommended medicine for high blood pressure or a heart condition?||Yes||No|
|Do I have glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or any other eye problems that could get worse by doing certain exercises?||Yes||No|
|Has my doctor or other member of my care team ever told me that I have problems with feeling in my feet?||Yes||No|
|Have I ever had a foot ulcer or wound that was hard to heal?||Yes||No|
|If I have diabetes, do I have problems controlling my blood sugar levels?||Yes||No|
You can print this list of questions and take it to your doctor or nurse. Before beginning your exercise program, it's a good idea to discuss your answers with a member of your health care team. He or she can work with you to choose the kinds of exercises that will benefit you the most.