Make Sure You Know Your Limitations
Making the decision to integrate regular exercise into your daily life can be a life-changing choice for you. It is definitely a smart move to leave lethargy behind and switch into a healthier, more active lifestyle instead of bumming in front of the boob tube while eating chips.
Nevertheless, exercise can be precarious especially for people who have specific health issues and those who have not done any strenuous physical activity for a long time.
Obese people are also advised to consult health specialists before embarking on an exercise regimen. Immediately going on board a demanding type of workout can lead to serious body injury. It is important to be familiar with the steps.
Knowing Your Limitations
If you have not heard of PAR-Q, it is the standard used to gauge fitness safety. This tool is used by health clubs, physical trainers, and even doctors all over the world. The name is short for Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire and it is usually composed of 5 to 7 questions that can help a person determine if there are any health concerns that need to be addressed before undergoing an exercise program. These questions are answerable by yes or no. Here are some of the questions:
Has your doctor prescribed you with drugs for blood pressure control or any hart condition?
Are you suffering from any joint or bone problem which could be made worse if you undergo any strenuous physical activity?
Have you ever lost balance because you felt dizzy? Do you occasionally lose consciousness?
Have you experienced chest pains in the past even if you are not performing any physical activity? Do you feel pain in your chest when you perform physical activity?
Has your doctor diagnosed you as having a heart condition?
Has your doctor ordered you to refrain from doing any physical activity that he did not recommend?
If your answer is yes to any of these questions, it is best to consult your doctor and get cleared before you start with any type of workout.
Aside from this, here are other high risk conditions that require a go-signal from the doctor before the individual begins exercising:
Being 20 pounds overweight
Suffering from arthritis
Having high blood pressure
Other chronic medical conditions
This does not mean that you cannot do exercise if you are hypertensive or diabetic. In fact, exercising is more often than not an essential part of treatment for these types of conditions. However, you may have limitations and your doctor is the best person to help you with these special concerns.
The rule in exercise is to always begin slowly until you have built enough intensity to level up your workouts. Gradual is the name of the game, not abrupt. Doing a hundred sit ups on your first day of exercise (although it is doubtful if you can do it) is a prescription to serious health issues.