When starting an exercise program, keep the following precautions in mind:
Pace yourself by alternating exercises. Rotate light workouts, such as short walks, with more strenuous exercises, such as low-impact aerobics or swimming.
Avoid exercising outdoors in extreme temperatures or high humidity. When the weather is bad, try exercising indoors at a gym or walking at a mall.
Avoid exercises that require or encourage holding your breath, such as push-ups, sit-ups, and heavy lifting.
Do not take hot or cold showers or sauna baths after exercising. Moderate temperatures are best, because very hot or very cold temperatures can be dangerous.
Ask your doctor about continuing your exercise program if your medicines change. New medicines can affect how you feel when you exercise.
Do not take naps after exercise, because that reduces exercise tolerance.
Take your pulse frequently or wear a heart rate monitor, and keep your pulse within the parameters your doctor sets. Watch your pulse when walking up hills or stairs.
Make sure you adjust your exercise program if it is interrupted for more than just a couple of days. Gradually increase to your regular activity level as tolerated.
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