We encourage you to reduce your stress by exercising during the holiday season instead of waiting to start as a New Year’s resolution. However, you may be wondering if you should see a doctor before you begin to exercise? It is a great idea to have a yearly physical exam, but for light to moderate exercise such as walking, it may not be necessary to wait for that physician appointment before you begin activity.
Below is a link to The American College of Sports Medicine website for the most recent guidelines to follow. Answer the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire to assess your readiness for exercise. Seek your physician if you answer yes to any of these questions, have a medical condition, or have heart disease risk factors. You may also simply feel more comfortable consulting with your doctor before you begin exercising.
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