4 Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Exercising

You’ve decided to take that first step to improving your health.

You have a meal planner set up.

You have your workouts ready to go.

First things first, if you have previous medical conditions or if this is your first time exercising, then it’s a good idea to pay your doctor a visit. Let’s take a look at the top 4 most important questions you should be asking your doctor before you start a workout program.

  1. “Will my prior surgery / injury interfere with an exercise program?”

On a long enough time line, we’ll all visit our doctor for surgery or an injury. Whether you’re getting your appendix out or you need rehabilitation for a sprained ankle, your doctor is going to know about these incidents best. Surgery and injury is a form of trauma to the body. Depending on how recent your surgery or injury took place, your doctor may have some specific guidelines to follow, which brings us to number 3 on the list.

  1. “What precautions should I take?”

Maybe you had a previous injury or maybe your genetics are working against you in the form of a thyroid issue. Either way, you need to make sure you are taking every precaution you can. The last thing you want to do is begin an exercise program and make an issue worse. When that happens, you’ll be out of the gym even longer and your motivation will plummet.

  1. “What does my blood work say?”

This is going to be excellent information for you to know, especially if you hire a personal trainer. Blood work is your cheat sheet to areas you need to focus on and areas you need to be cautious with. Blood work reveals your cardiometabolic risk factors.

For example, if you have high cholesterol or blood pressure, you’ll know that you need to focus on specific aspects of your diet such as eliminating processed fats and increasing your intake of vegetables and fruits. You’ll also know that your workouts will need to be centered around reaching your target heart rate as opposed to muscular hypertrophy.

  1. “Am I ready to work out?”

Your doctor’s answer will depend on a number of factors that are particular to you and your previous medical history. More often than not, your doctor will say, “Of course.” The catch is he may want to suggest specific types of exercise to suit your needs.This is the “Give it to me straight, doc” question. You are essentially asking your doctor whether or not he or she would recommend you beginning a comprehensive workout program.

You should be asking your doctor all of these questions before beginning any exercise and diet program. Your doctor will be able to help you maximize your exercise benefits while suggesting specific precautions that would set you back. Best of all, this information can be passed to a professional dietician or personal trainer to create a personalized program for your needs.

Tell Us What You Think!

Have you recently visited your doctor with these questions?

What was his or her response?

Share your helpful tips and tricks below!

All Things on Kutting Weight, Straight to Your Inbox

Recent Article

Burn Fat Fast: Starting a Ketogenic Diet for Weight Loss

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these last few years, there’s no doubt that you’ve seen the word keto plastered all over magazines, websites, and supplements.  Short for ketogenic, this diet craze is sweeping over the nation and with...

Rhabdo: The Muscle Destroyer You've Never Heard About

Turn on any fitness infomercial or flip open any health magazine and you’ll notice a common trend: high intensity exercise. The days of the slow-moving treadmill are long gone and high intensity exercise is here to stay. Backed by scientific...

Women & Weight Lifting: 5 Ways Lifting Weights Can Help with Fat Loss

When it comes to weight loss, the LAST thing that women think about is going near the dumbbells and barbells. Traditional strength training programs that use iron clad resistance have long been associated with bodybuilders, power lifters, and all things muscle-related....

Exercise in the Morning for Better Weight Loss? Science Says...

When you think about the ideal training time, you can’t help but picture that washed-up boxer who wakes up before the sun rises. He drinks his shake and he hits the pavement, despite the temperature showing below freezing. The morning...

Here’s How to Use Eccentric Training to Increase Weight Loss Results

How are your weight loss goals coming along? Did you reach your goal weight before beach season started? Or are you still on your way to success? It may be Summer but make no mistake about it: people are still...

4 Weight Loss Exercises that Will Never Die (And Why You Should Use Them)

Pick up any issue of a popular health and fitness magazine and I guarantee that you’re going to see an exercise featured that is guaranteed to blast away fat and build muscle. Funny thing is that the following month, they...

3 Fitness Clothing Trends that Actually Work

Every year, the fitness industry rolls out the newest set of exercise clothes. Some boost performance, others help with weight loss… or so they say. There’s a reason that you rarely see the same exercise clothing trends around two years...

3 Diet Trends that Won’t Help You Lose Weight, Be Healthier

The rise and fall of trends in the fitness industry is like the passing of the seasons. Each year, some new diet or fad explodes all over the news and social media promising big results in a short amount of...

Targeting Belly Fat: Is It Possible? Here’s What Science Says

We all have that one spot that we want to lose a little more from. Sometimes it’s belly fat. Other times, it’s love handles. If only there was a way to zoom in and focus on fat loss in that...

Does Sweating More While Working Out Mean You Had a Better Workout?

We’ve all been there: Stepping out of the gym or exercise class covered from head to toe in sweat. We walk back to our cars feeling great. For many of us, that walk back to the car seems a lot...

Fight Back Against the Flu with the Sauna Suit

The flu is an illness so annoying that it strikes in the winter then makes another surprise visit to many during the summer. For children and the elderly, the flu isn’t just a week with the sniffles, it can be...

Cure a Hangover with the Sauna Suit

You had a rough week at work and so you decide to follow-up with a wild night to forget the memos and e-mail task lists. Maybe you have one too many and wake up the following morning holding on to...

Featured IN
best live chat