If you have recently started a new exercise regimen, congratulations! There are numerous benefits to getting yourself moving more often. With that said, however, regular exercise can have many impacts on your body. Although most effects are good, sometimes exercising the wrong way for your body’s needs can lead to health problems. For this reason, you should talk to your doctor to find out his or her perspective on your exercise routine. To start, consider these questions.
1. What should my goal weight be?
When it comes to focusing on your fitness, your doctor can be a great resource for many health-related questions. Whether you want to know, “How long does it take for muscle to grow?” or “What should my goal weight be?”, your doctor can help provide medically sound advice for these types of inquiries.
2. Are There Any Activities That I Should Avoid?
If you have concerns about whether there are any types of activities that you should avoid when exercising, this is something else that you should bring up with your healthcare provider. Depending on your previous health, there may be types of exercise that you should limit or avoid to reduce the chances of injury.
3. How Long Should It Take Me To Reach My Weight Loss Goals?
While there can be a multitude of factors that impact weight loss goals, there is usually some predictability with weight loss timeliness if you consistently follow an exercise and diet routine. Talk to your doctor about what your ideal weight is, what he or she thinks it should be and how long it may take to get there by doing what you are currently doing.
4. How Can Losing Weight Impact My Health?
Depending on how much weight you want or need to lose, doing so can have multiple impacts on your health. Usually, losing weight leads to positive impacts such as the reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, but sometimes it can be detrimental to the body’s natural processes, especially if you lose too much weight too quickly.
5. Do Any Current Medications Cause Weight Gain?
Before starting an exercise regimen with one of your goals being weight-related, make sure to talk to your doctor about any medications you are currently taking. In particular, ask him or her if any of your medications cause weight gain. If so, it may be problematic for your weight loss expectations.
6. Do I Have Any Health Conditions That May Impact My Ability To Exercise?
Going back to the importance of ensuring one’s safety, talk to your doctor about any possible health conditions you have that might impact your ability to exercise. If you are unsure or it has been awhile since your last visit, consider scheduling a physical so your doctor can have current vitals.
7. Should I Try Different Exercises?
If you are curious about trying different exercises, this is something else you can bring up on your next visit to the doctor’s office. To receive their medical license, doctors must undergo years of schooling about the human body. As such, they should be able to provide helpful tips on what type of exercises you can try for targeting certain areas of your body.
8. How Often Should I Exercise?
Regular exercise is necessary for long-term results, but not everyone has the same exercise requirements. Figuring out how often to exercise is another thing that a medical professional can help you with. Typically, sticking to a regular schedule is helpful for staying consistent.
9. Why Does Exercising Make Me Feel This Way?
Take note of how you feel after each workout. If you are out of breath, sore or particularly exhausted, tell your doctor and ask what he or she thinks. When you reflect on these feelings, try to pinpoint when you feel this way during your exercise regimen.
There are many benefits to regularly exercising. Consider these questions before your next doctor’s appointment to learn more about improving your current regimen.