Health Tip: Before You Start an Exercise Program
(HealthDay News) -- Although exercise should help improve your health, a medical checkup before you start an exercise program can help ensure a safe beginning.
The womenshealth.gov website offers this list of potential risk factors that should be evaluated by a doctor before you start exercising:
If you are at increased risk of cardiovascular problems, especially if you've had a stroke or heart attack.
If you're at increased risk of developing or worsening diabetes.
If you're overweight or obese.
If you're pregnant.
If you've recently become injured or have had chronic pain.
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