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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