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Why do I need to see a doctor before starting an exercise program?

Why do I need to see a doctor before starting an exercise program?

Prevention: Mainly to asses for any underlying issues (heart disease, arrhythmia, diabetes, etc) that may affect your response to exercise. Also some medicines may change your response to exercise or the types of exercises that are safe. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Program (Definition)

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


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I am 190lbs on a regular exercise program , take my meds regularly and still see my fasting blood sugar range between 7.5 - 8. & 5ft 9" .

I am 190lbs on a regular exercise program , take my meds regularly and still see my fasting blood sugar range between 7.5 - 8. & 5ft 9" .

Need med change: I assume the values you are quoting is your a1c levels as fasting glucose should be around 80-120. You need to have someone re-evaluate your medications, as exercises and diet are critical but can not control your sugars completely. ...Read more

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How many minutes of cardio a day would you recommend for someone starting an exercise program?

How many minutes of cardio a day would you recommend for someone starting an exercise program?

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 more

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I have stress in continence everytime i cough a lil urine leaks out i've been doing kegal exercise is their any meds i can take if so what are they and what kinda doctor do I need to see about this?

I have stress in continence everytime i cough a lil urine leaks out i've been doing  kegal exercise is their any meds i can take if so what are they and what kinda doctor do I need to see about this?

Stress inc.: Kegal exercises are the treatment of choice for treatment of low volume stress incontinence. The medications you have heard of in the past are mostly for urge incontinence. Keep up the good work and weigh a weeks worth of wet pads each week to show your success. Urologists and gyn. Can perform surgery to get you drier. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the best facial exercise program?

I want to know what's the best facial exercise program?

There is no "best": In regards to facial exercises. While it may help, there is just as much a possibility that facial exercises could actually hurt - at least in regards to the "wrinkle" perspective. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i want a good diet/exercise program?

What do you advise if i want a good diet/exercise program?

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

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What is the best health and exercise program in the workplace?

What is the best health and exercise program in the workplace?

Move: Unless your workplace has an exercise facility, this can be difficult. Get up and walk as much as possible, take the stairs whenever given the chance. Take some time at lunch to get in a quick trip to the gym. Another good tip is to not snack on many of the goodies that often are around. Before you know it, the calories have added up! ...Read more

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What diet and exercise program is best for me?

What diet and exercise program is best for me?

An MD: Visit might put one's mind at ease. Coexisting medical conditions often require an adjustment of any conditioning program to lower the potential risks. That said, the best program will be the one that will (1) allow for consistent engagement (usually based on one's interest) and that (2) supports the desired goals..Strength, aerobics, endurance, and/or any combination. ...Read more

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Please describe a good at-home exercise program?

P90, P90X or X2: Carefully researched, targets major muscle groups, provides aerobic and endurance training as well as yoga, stretching and core work. Have fun! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


Dr. James Henning
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Fitness Programs (Definition)

Fitness Programs Exercise and Fitness Programs are offered by healthcare facilities to help their patients learn to improve their fitness level and ...Read more