Take it from me, pay attention to the warning to take it slow initially and trying to go from couch potato to exercise maven overnight is a great way to have issues. Nice and slow at first. Best way to develop habits that will last while not putting yourself at great risk.
This is a great article. The emphasis on safety and the exercise warning signs are very important. A year ago I would have been a person who just started to exercise and would tough it out. A heart attack was my first sign of heart disease. Now I exercise under guidance from my cardiologist. My target heart rate is lower than usually suggested for my age. My recommended speed of walking is much slower than most people post here on Spark People but it gets me in my target zone and I sweat and breathe hard. I have learned to accept that it will take me 6 days of exercising to burn the calories that Spark People suggests I should be able to burn exercising 3 days for 30 minutes. Everyone is different and it is very important to listen to what our body is telling us.
6/25/2008 10:36:48 AM
I'm pretty sure my heart races every time I work out. Isn't that the point? To make your heart go faster? Also, I usually get kind of sick feeling if I do a strenuous work out, but then it subsides and I'm alive. I guess my point is, some of the "don't exersice if this happens to you" list, seems silly.
Great article. PBS-TV's NOVA featured couch-potato people chosen to train as marathon runners. Tufts University doctors were surprised to find many of them were "skinny-fat", being normal weight on a scale, but having high internal fat and little muscle. This is why a full physical is really important.
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