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Should you consult your doctor before starting an exercise program?

Seven questions to ask yourself.

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Planning a new exercise regiment for the new year can be exciting. Dr. Bich-May Nguyen, faculty in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine tells us what to consider before starting.

Here are some questions to identify your risks before exercising:

  1. Do you have a heart condition and should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?
  2. Do you feel pain in your chest when exercising?
  3. In the past month, have you had chest pain when you're not moving?
  4. Do you become dizzy, lose your balance, or pass out?
  5. Do you have a bone or joint problem that could worsen?
  6. Do you take blood pressure or heart medications?
  7. Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, see your doctor before becoming more active.

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