The key to a healthy lifestyle is keeping physically active. It’s a commitment that comes with the need to overhaul your diet, begin an exercise program, and start going to sleep at a reasonable hour again.
Now that it’s officially summer, many people will start getting active but may not understand that although moderate physical activity is safe for most people, that may not be the case for everyone. KentuckyOne Health suggests talking to your primary care physician before starting a new exercise program, if any of the following apply:
- You have heart, kidney, or cardiovascular disease, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, OR if you have symptoms related to any of these serious diseases.
- You are being treated for cancer, or you’ve recently completed cancer treatment.
- You have not exercised within the last few months or are over the age of 40.
“Exercise is the cheapest prescription that a doctor can write for a patient, and it comes at no cost,” said Traci M. Edwards, MD, KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates. “I constantly remind my patients to move something EVERY DAY, whether you go for a walk, dance with friends, take a Zumba class, or swim laps.”
Don’t be discouraged if you find it difficult to stick to some form of exercise, or don’t know where to start. Which is easy with Dr. Edwards 7 Steps to Keeping Active:
- Start slowly, don’t go from zero exercise to a 5K.
- Make sure to always warm-up and stretch.
- Hydrate before, during, and after your workout.
- Exercise indoors during extreme weather.
- Invest in a GOOD pair of workout tennis shoes.
- Diabetics check blood sugar before beginning a workout
- Be patient, results don’t happen overnight!
Whatever you do, move something. Any little increment of physical activity will be a great boost to weight loss and feeling better. By working with your doctor ahead of time, you can plan the exercise program that’s right for you. And that’s a good first step on your path to physical fitness.