Get a Physical Before You Get Physical

Safely Train for that Next Race

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Warmer weather always encourages people to engage in more physical activity but before you sign up for a marathon, or begin any new exercise regimen, we recommend getting the okay from your health care provider-especially if you are over 40.

Getting a thorough physical beforehand can help you avoid any unnecessary injuries or health concerns that can arise with new exercise programs. If you aren’t sure what to discuss with your health care provider, no sweat, below are some topics to get your conversation started.

Talk to your health care provider about:

Any new changes in your body

That might mean a sore back, sleeping troubles, frequent headaches or any other complaints that you notice throughout your day. You should also discuss any recent weight changes that might have occurred. Changes could indicate a larger problem, or just something to be aware of when acclimating your body to a new routine.

Your family history

Letting your doctor know if your family history contains cases of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other conditions will help them watch for any indicators in your health that might need to be monitored.

Your numbers

Knowing your blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol and blood sugar numbers are all a necessary part of your well-being. These numbers can help determine your intensity and frequency of activity when making lifestyle changes.

Screenings and immunizations

Make sure your records are up-to-date for all screenings and immunizations, including prostate for men, pap and mammogram for women, colon screenings and tetanus vaccinations.

Your abilities

It’s important to be honest about what you can and can’t do. Your health care provider can help you formulate a plan based on your age, ability and fitness goals. Getting to where you want to be in a healthy, safe way is just as important and reaching your goal.

Start your journey to a healthier life by making an appointment with your health care provider or finding a primary care physician now so you can get the go-ahead to get physical.