Topic Overview

Moderate exercise is safe for most people, but it’s always
a good idea to talk to a doctor before starting an exercise program. If you
answer “yes” to any of the following questions, it is especially important to
talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program. He or she may
recommend a supervised or restricted program to meet your specific

  • Do you have heart trouble?
  • Do you
    have pains in your heart or chest?
  • Do you have
    high blood pressure?
  • Do you ever feel
    faint or have dizzy spells?
  • Do you have
    arthritis or other bone or joint problems that could
    limit your physical activities?
  • Do you have
    diabetes? (Increased exercise affects your
    insulin needs.)
  • Do you have risk factors for heart attack and stroke? These include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking.
  • Are you age 65 or
    older and not used to exercise?

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Heather Chambliss, PhD – Exercise Science

Current as ofMarch 13, 2017