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Why Should I Ask My Physician Before Starting Any Fitness Routine?

Feb 4, 2008
Most articles on fitness generally advise consulting an experienced physician before starting any exercise program. This is suggested mainly due to the fact that if exercise is done improperly, it might lead to an injury. Furthermore, it isn't possible to get all the relevant information just by browsing the Internet.

It is always advantageous to consult a physician especially those who specialize in sports medicine - a relatively new field in the world of medicine. They can not only help you check your overall fitness levels but also assist you in defining your goals and achieving them based on your strengths and limits.

One must look for a good and experienced physician who can guide and give the right recommendations suitable to ones purpose. An excellent way of finding the right physician is to check how much experience they have in the relevant field and how helpful their recommendations are to you.

It is also important for a good doctor to be able to explain information in terms that are simple and understandable to the lay man.

While most physicians possess general knowledge about the anatomy, nutrition and proper functioning of the body, only those who specialize in sports and fitness will have thorough and in depth knowledge on the subject of fitness and nutrition. Their expertize will be beneficial in several ways.

The basic aim of any exercise routine is to avoid injury. While a certain amount of discomfort or pain is natural especially when one is beginning or getting back to an exercise routine, constant pain may be a signal that something is wrong. Sometimes it may be due to improper technique or in certain cases it can be something more serious. A well qualified physician will be able to identify the causes of the pain accurately and also develop a routine that avoids it in the first place.

Making the most of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, flexibility, endurance and overall fitness levels first requires a person to understand how different exercise routines will effect them in particular.

Exercise routines differ on the basis of sex, body types and racial groups. Every individual is unique and so they all have a specific body frame, muscular system, different levels of heart and lung capacity along with a distinctive genetic inheritance. Based on the above one should try and find a workout that suits their individual needs.

Always make the time to see an experienced sports physician before beginning a strenuous exercise program as they will help you achieve those goals.
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