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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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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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Do I need to talk to my doctor before I start a vigorous walking program?

Do I need to talk to my doctor before I start a vigorous walking program?

Usually not: Are you ill or elderly? Do you have significant heart or stroke problems?Do you have balance problems? If not why not just give him a call and ask if its ok? ...Read more

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I want to start an exercise program and I have arthritis. What should I do?

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 more

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What do you suggest if i want to start a weekly workout?

What do you suggest if i want to start a weekly workout?

Don't recommend: A weekly workout. Workouts need to be more consistent then that when working toward health. ...Read more

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I'm transgender and I want to start hormone therapy . How do I start the process? Do I go into see a doctor or do I talk to a therapist first?

I'm transgender and I want to start hormone therapy . How do I start the process? Do I go into see a doctor or do I talk to a therapist  first?

Best Practices:: Find a trans-competent mental health specialist who'll be able to assess your understanding of the benefits and risks for you of hormone treatment, and who can then refer you to a trans-competent physician to determine which hormone treatment(s) would be most suitable for you. Familiarize yourself with the current wpath standards of care: http://bit.Ly/nwkqv5. ...Read more

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Do I need to ask my regular doctor for a refferal to see a physiatrist?

Do I need to ask my regular doctor for a refferal to see a physiatrist?

Depends on insurance: Your insurance plan may have only your pcp limit your referrals to other specialists including physiatrists. If your insurance does not limit your specialist referrals then you can self refer yourself to a physiatrist. ...Read more

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I want to start an exercise program what precautions should I take before I start?

I want to start an exercise program what precautions should I take before I start?

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

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Why do I need to make a Dr's appointment just to get a referral to an obgyn?

Why do I need to make a Dr's appointment just to get a referral to an obgyn?

Not needed unless...: One can go to see an Ob-Gyn doctor without a referral unless one has a restrictive insurance plan such as an HMO or a POS plan that requires a referral. If one has a PPO plan, a referral is almost never needed unless one has a rare, restrictive plan that requires a referral. For better insurance coverage (less out-of-pocket costs), one should see an Ob-Gyn doctor inside her insurance plan network. ...Read more

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I want to start using anti-baby pills, should i do a hormonal blood test first? Can i discuss this with my family doc or i need to see a gynecologist?

I want to start using anti-baby pills, should i do a hormonal blood test first? Can i discuss this with my family doc or i need to see a gynecologist?

No need for tests: If you are having regular menses, you can start birth control pills the day that you start your menses. You should take them daily and about the same time every day. You can discuss contraception with your family doc. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i would like to start eating healthy and what do you suggest if i would like my entire family to get used to cooking healthy, starting point?

What do you suggest if i would like to start eating healthy and what do you suggest if i would like my entire family to get used to cooking healthy, starting point?

Small changes: make small changes that everyone agrees to. One serving of fresh vegetables with a meal, or a serving of whole grains (brown rice) instead of the processed one is a good start. You can even start with half whole grains and half processed. Ease into it. Go slow, For dessert, consider a fresh fruit. All these are healthy changes. ...Read more

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What to do if i want to make my chest wider. Can you guys suggest a workout routine for me?

What to do if i want to make my chest wider. Can you guys suggest a workout routine for me?

Chest workouts: That stress wide-angle pushups, incline bench press, wide-angle flys + triceps work ail do the trick. Give these exercises a try! ...Read more

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How could I get Phentermine? Do I need to go to my regular doctor? Or a specialist ?

How could I get Phentermine? Do I need to go to my regular doctor? Or a specialist ?

Danger: You don't. Phentermine is a dangerous unhealthy medication that has gotten quite the reputation. It however will not in any way lead you to real or lasting weight loss. Any physician willing to prescribe it for you does not have your best interest in mind. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i want a workout routine for football next year?

What do you advise if i want a workout routine for football next year?

Strength & endurance: You need a program that somewhat balances gains in strength (muscle mass) and endurance. The final balance is largely determined by your position. If you are a ball handler, an even balance is suitable. If you are more like a lineman, than a balance skewed more toward strength is warranted ...Read more

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I want to see a neurologist, but my regular doctor will not schedule me an appointment, what should I do?

I want to see a neurologist, but my regular doctor will not schedule me an appointment, what should I do?

Get second opinion: It may be that a second doctor will agree with you, or it may be that the doctor will agree with the first doctor. If the latter is the case, then you need to decide if you really need to see a neurologist. If so, then you can always pay out of pocket to do so. The care is available, you just have to be willing to foot the bill. ...Read more

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Will i need to change my diet if start an intense workout routine?

Will i need to change my diet if start an intense workout routine?

Probably: Eating sufficient calories is the usual problem for athletes training strenuously. Further, eating throughout the day-every 3-4 hours-will assure adequate "fuel" for your workouts. Protein and essential fatty acids will become important, too. Getting 20-30g of protein in around breakfast time is an appropriate way to start the day. ...Read more

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What doctor recommend exercises should I do before starting to box?

What doctor recommend exercises should I do before starting to box?

It isn't quite that : Simple. You can't actually specifically get rid of abdominal fat by spot reducing. If you lose weight a portion of that weight loss will reduce abdominal fat. Additionally, core toning exercises will help you stand more erect & improve your appearance. To lose weight keep up your physical activity and insure that calories burned exceed calories consumed. Weight training can help build muscle. ...Read more

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What do I need to consider when searching for a doctor?

Many things: Are they board certified in their specialty? (www.Abms.Org) any medical board actions against him/her? (contact state medical board) years in practice, how easy is it to get an "urgent" appointment, how about a physical appointment, what are the different ways to contact that doctor (phone, email, healthtap, etc.), any testimonials from current patients? Etc. Etc. ...Read more

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I need a doctor's excuse to return to work. I like to speak with a doctor.

I need a doctor's excuse to return to work. I like to speak with a doctor.

OK. Doctor I am.: Sometimes return to work requires an exam to establish that you can meet the work requirements outlined by the job description. Not sure. You should talk to your doc. ...Read more

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I need to see a psychiatrist, but I have to work from 8-5 monday-friday. Where can I find a psychiatrist to see me before/after work or on saturday?

I need to see a psychiatrist, but I have to work from 8-5 monday-friday.  Where can I find a psychiatrist to see me before/after work or on saturday?

I offer one Saturday: Each month i offer appointments on one saturday morning each month. I am in san antonio and only accept cash. Wrootmd.Net. ...Read more

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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


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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