New Year, New Exercise Goals

It's once again time for resolutions. But are you physically ready to get back into the gym?

The standard goal of losing weight seems so common that it has practically elevated itself to "goes without saying" status for most of us. We have the best intentions to eat a little less and do a little more as January 1st rolls around every year. And while that's all well and good, going gangbusters from day one may be asking for trouble – especially if you've been out of the game so long you don't even know where your running shoes are anymore.

Jumping into an exercise routine, especially something as rigorous and demanding as the popular Crossfit workouts, can lead to serious injury. We've all seen the standard label urging us to "consult a physician before starting any exercise program." The reason for that is if your body is not ready for a sudden barrage of moderate to heavy activity, the chances of it breaking down with an injury are dramatically increased.

With that thought in mind, here's a quick checklist from the American College of Sports Medicine that will give you an idea if you're a candidate for a physical before you get physical.

  1. Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?
  2. Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?
  3. In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity?
  4. Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness?
  5. Do you have a bone or joint problem (for example, back, knee or hip) that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
  6. Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs (for example, water pills) for your blood pressure or heart condition?
  7. Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, come see us at AppleCare Immediate Care and we'll get you checked out from head to toe.