Pre exercise physical exam

Congratulations on taking your first steps towards weight loss and improving your health.

I am frequently asked, “Should I see a doctor before I start an exercise routine?”

As part of the steps to weight loss, we will be reviewing diet and the addition of movement (and dare I say it,  exercise) into your lifestyle.

Before you start out though, it’s really important to make sure you do not have any medical problems that exercise might make worse.

I always recommend seeing your family doctor before starting exercise, especially if you are in any of  the following groups:

  • Over 40 years old
  • Diabetic
  • Asthmatic
  • If you have high blood pressure or heart disease
  • If someone in your family has heart disease  or has suddenly died unexpectedly
  • if your waist measurement is more then 100cm (40″)
  • If you are taking any medicines prescribed by a doctor or naturopath, or taking any medicines sold over the counter
  • And finally, if it’s been a long time since you have exercised.

If you are in any of the groups mentioned, it’s vital to see your family doctor for a check up before you make any major changes to your lifestyle, your diet or when starting exercise.

To help make it easier, I have created a simple sheet you can fill out and give to your doctor. I’ve also included some suggested screening blood tests and the current guideline for heart assessments from the American Heart Association that your doctor may find useful.

This will help your doctor check you are ready and free from any ailments that may prevent the start of your exercise.

The first page is for you to fill out and share with your doctor.

You can download that file here with a single click
The Pre Weight Loss Medical Review Sheet

With the all clear, you will be able to get started on your way to great health!

Regards

Dr George

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