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Exercise: Before Starting an Exercise Program

Starting a daily exercise program

It is always important to talk to your health care provider before starting an exercise program. This is especially true if any of the following apply to you:

  • Diabetes 

  • Chest pain or pain in the neck and/or arm

  • Shortness of breath

  • A diagnosed heart condition

  • Joint and/or bone problems

  • Currently taking cardiac and/or blood pressure medications

  • Have not previously been physically active

  • Dizziness

  • Obesity

When beginning an exercise program, be sure to start slowly. If you feel any of the following symptoms when you start your exercise program, contact your health care provider right away:

  • Chest pain or pain in the neck and/or arm

  • Shortness of breath

  • Dizziness

  • Joint and/or bone problems

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