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
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
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.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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