What To Do Before You
Begin To Exercise
Moderate activity is safe for most people, but it makes sense to talk to your health professional before you get started, especially if you have a chronic health condition such as heart disease, arthritis or diabetes.
Discuss which types and amounts of physical activity are best suited to your health needs. For instance, if you already have osteoporosis (thinning, fragile bones), you might need to avoid high-impact aerobics, like running, and activities with a high risk of falling.
If you are recovering from an illness, your physical therapist will be able to give you valuable advice, not only about the kind of exercise to do, but about different ways to adapt equipment, and strategies for, say, getting up off the floor.