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I Want To Start An Exercise Program And I Have Arthritis What Should I Do
What you like to do: There are many choices for someone with arthritis embarking on an exercise program, and exercise is hugely beneficial to patients with arthritis. One should always pick something he or she enjoys and clear it with his personal physician. Some commonly recommended exercises are walking, swimming, other aerobic water exercises, cycling, yoga, and tai chi. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There are many benefits to being active during pregnancy. You may not feel great every day of your pregnancy, but exercise should make you feel better overall and may help prepare you for labor and childbirth. There are some conditions or symptoms that may make exercising during pregnancy inadvisable. Talk with your health care provider about the exercise that ...Read more
Start slow: I would get a physical to make sure you have no underlying medical problems i would start 3x /wk or every other day with either walking/ swimming or cycling and gradually build up to 20-30 minutes each time if you start walking, you should gradually try to incorporate a few minutes of jogging into your exercise as tolerated until you can run for the full time then gradually increase your time. ...Read more
I have a low back injury and would like to start an exercise program. What is a safe program to do?
A lot!: Lifestyle changes are important like not smoking, weight control with regular exercise. You can use medication if no contraindications, try a back support, & activity modification. If no better, then see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment. Exercise can include walking, elliptical and stairmaster machines to start and then increase it along with gentle stretching and core strength. ...Read more
Go easy: Take it easy over the next few weeks. Build slowly by just walking a bit. Throw away all holiday treats that may be lying around the house into the garbage. When you are completely recovered, then begin. Glad you are feeling better! ...Read more
Cardio start up: Length of cardio at your beginning of a program depends upon your present level of conditioning (muscle, heart, muscle adaptations, CV adaptions to physical exercise), AND intensity of what you do. My personal perspective based on experience is start with 15-20 min of moderate cardio exertion. Pace carefully. Warm up for 3-4 min, slow down for 5 min. Steady cardio for 15 min. Add 5 min ev. 2 wks ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please tell me how long it takes for to get noticeable results when starting a diet/exercise program?
It depends: On the program. The more carefully you eat, the more consistently (not vigorously) you train, the more rested you are the quicker results will begin to show. Remember, results will show more quickly for people who (1) don't have a lot of weight to lose, (2) eat healthfully , (3) and are in better general shape initially. That said, dramatic results can occur in a matter of weeks! ...Read more
Diet exercise advice: First, a discussion with your physician as to your goals. Supervised physician programs are more successful. Some patients are candidates for specific medications that can help with blocking fat absorption, metabolism or appetite. Second, a app and/or device to help you like myfitnesspal and/or a fitbit. Third, a discussion with a dietician to follow your progress. Lastly, through away the scale. ...Read more
Is it normal to gain weight when on or after your menstrual time and is it normal to gain weight when starting a exercise program?
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