Whenever you are starting a new running program, the first advice that is usually given is to purchase the right running shoes. While this is great advice, more importantly having medical clearance from your doctor should be a bigger priority. A visit to the doctor is critical if you experience any of the following:
- You’ve been sedentary for a year or more.
- You don’t currently exercise and are over age 65.
- You have been diagnosed with heart trouble.
- You’re pregnant.
- You’re overweight
- You’re a current or former smoker.
- You have high blood pressure.
- You have diabetes.
- You have a family history of heart disease.
- You have chest pain, especially when exerting yourself.
- You often feel faint or have severe dizzy spells.
- You have another medical condition.
THE DOCTOR’S VISIT
- Share your running/walking plans and goals.
- Ask how running might affect any existing conditions.
- If you have had any injuries in the past, make sure your doctor is aware of them and ask if he or she has any suggestions on how to prevent a recurrence.
- Find out about any health issues that are common for runners and how to steer clear of them.
- Let your doctor know if you’re also trying to lose weight.
- Your exam should include an exercise stress test (usually done on a treadmill) to rule out any latent cardiovascular problems that might surface if you exercise too hard.Once you start running regularly, keep scheduling yearly physicals to ensure that you’re still in good health.
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RIM GROUP Sports and Rehab specializes in Injury Rehab and prevention using non-surgical procedures and a wellness approach. They help individuals regain their lives and reach their health goals, allowing them to get back to the sport, work, and life they love.
Dr. Zarinah Hud is a highly trained and experienced physiatrist that specializes in Sports and Integrative Medicine with RIM Group and is the owner and CEO of Rebound Sports and Rehab, LLC.