Be sure you get medical doctor's approval before beginning any exercise program.
The physical exam should include a stress test with an EKG test.
Always work at your own pace.
Communicate and monitor
- Train, don't strain.
- It is better to do too little, than too much.
Talk Test - if you can't talk then you are exercising too hard.
- Be aware of distress or exercise intolerance.
- Encourage them to tell you about discomforts.
Perceived exertion - exercise is more accurately done on how hard
you FEEL like you're
exercising than it is on heart rates.
Warning Signals - Can happen before, during or after class.
Medications, even non-prescription, can be dangerous when combined with
- Listen to your body
- Not always a medical emergency, but possibly a signal to reduce
down, or stop exercising.
- Evaluate the workout and re-adjust as necessary.
- Consult a physician as needed for the following:
- Unusual Fatigue
- Flare-up of arthritic conditions.
- Side stitch (pain in the side)
- Shin splints (stretch the calf muscles)
- Charlie horse - muscle cramp
- Seek medical attention immediately for the following:
- Abnormal heart action.
- Pain or pressure in the center of the chest, the arm, or throat.
- sudden uncoordination, confusion, cold sweat, pallor, blueness, glassy
- dizziness, light-headedness, or near fainting.
- Persistent rapid heart action even after stopping exercise.
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