When to Visit Your Doctor

You may want to dive in head first into your new exercise regime, but sometimes it’s best to consult your doctor before you start this new lifestyle.

Regular exercise can help you control your weight, strengthen bones and muscles, and reduce your risk for chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and more.  

If it’s been a while since your last visit to your primary care physician, now is the time to touch base on current health concerns and conditions.

When to check in with your doctor

Activities as simple as brisk walking is safe for most individuals, but for physical activities such as strength training or strenuous cardio should be consulted with a doctor for conditions such as:

  • Asthma
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Those undergoing cancer treatment

You should also check in with your doctor if you experience concerning symptoms of heart disease such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizzy spells or fainting

Are you currently dealing with or maintaining these health conditions?

Here are a few questions that will help you determine if you need to consult with your physician for underlying health concerns.

  • Do you feel chest pain when you’re engaging in physical activity?
  • Do you have balance problems, or are you unsteady on your feet?
  • Have you ever fainted, or have dizzy spells?
  • Do you have bone or joint complications that could worse with strenuous activity?
  • Do you take medication for a heart condition?
  • Are you over the age of 50?

Working with your doctor ahead of time can help you determine if this new exercise program is right for you.  The doctor can help you go over red flag symptoms and guide you on next steps with starting your new lifestyle.

If you are looking to start a new fitness program and want to consult with a physician, look no further than Instant Urgent Care.  Our physicians are well seasoned in providing quality care to our patients to maintain and improve lifelong health.  

For more information about our primary care services, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at (408) 687-4806.