Starting an exercise program is a feat that should be congratulated and admired. However, it is also something that should be done with thought and concern. It is important to implement an appropriate exercise program that is safe and conducive to an individual’s health. Often, individuals try to do too much, causing serious injuries when exercising. REMSA would like to remind people of the importance of safety when taking part in a workout routine.
This should be the mantra of anyone starting an exercise program. Whether it’s cardiovascular fitness, increased muscle strength or a combination of the two, your path to success should begin with a health screening at your doctor’s office. During your visit, your doctor will have you perform tests designed to determine whether your body can handle the stress of exercise.
Your doctor will also help you establish health and fitness benchmarks so you can set goals and track improvements in your health over time. Your doctor’s seal of approval will also help you build the self-confidence and sense of security that you’ll need as you begin a new exercise program. You’ll also need to learn about which activities you can safely perform, the types of footwear and apparel you should wear and the best approaches to preventing blood sugar swings – both high and low – during and after exercise.
There are several potentially serious, often hidden, risks involved with exercise. Of these, a sudden cardiac event like a heart attack or arrhythmia is the most dangerous. Fortunately, these events occur only rarely and are largely preventable with appropriate screening for risk factors and treatment. Microvascular complications, like advanced retinopathy, also can worsen during exercise.
Your doctor should assess your predisposition to these risks and help you manage them appropriately. Under close medical supervision, almost anyone can safely engage in structured exercise.
Follow these tips to exercise safely and avoid injury
In order to begin your exercise program safely and effectively, answer the following questions. If you are unsure of any answer, it is recommended that you see a doctor to accurately determine the safety of beginning an exercise program. If have been told by a physician that you have any cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, or metabolic disease such as diabetes, obtain permission from your doctor before beginning or changing your exercise program.