It is always important to consult your physician before starting an exercise program. This is particularly true if any of the following apply to your current medical condition:
chest pain or pain in the neck and/or arm
shortness of breath
a diagnosed heart condition
joint and/or bone problems
currently taking cardiac and/or blood pressure medications
have not previously been physically active
If none of these apply to you, start gradually and sensibly. However, if you feel any of the physical symptoms listed above when you start your exercise program, contact your physician right away.
If one or more of the statements listed above applies for you, see your physician before beginning an exercise program. An exercise-stress test may be used to help plan your exercise program.
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