Before you start a course of exercise
Published 18/01/2010 | 12:29
If you don't currently exercise regularly, you should read these questions carefully.
Has your doctor ever said you had heart trouble?
Have you ever had pains in your chest?
Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
Has your doctor said your blood pressure is too high?
Has a doctor said that you might have bone or joint problems?
Or any problems that might be aggravated or made worse by exercise?
Have you been in hospital in the last three years?
Are you currently taking any medication?
Are you pre- or post-natal?
Do you suffer from asthma or breathing difficulties?
Do you suffer from an allergy?
If ‘yes’, do you take medication for it?
Is there a good physical reason not mentioned here why you should not follow an activity programme?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to one or more of the above questions, consult your doctor before increasing your physical activity and tell your doctor which questions you answered ‘yes’ to.
If you feel unwell, or experience pain, dizziness or injury while exercising, you should stop immediately and consult a medical professional.
To lessen the chances of injury, always dress appropriately and wear suitable footwear, and always warm-up and pre-stretch as listed in the programmes.
Thanks to Lorraine Ho and Bootcamp Ireland