What could prevent me from performing cardio exercise?

First, you should consult your doctor to see if there are any underlying symptoms that could prevent cardiovascular activity such as heart problems, or orthopedic issues. Talking to your physician is recommended for all individuals looking to begin or increase current activity levels because certain populations will need to begin exercising at much lower intensity levels. For example, populations such as those affected with hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, and lung disease will all have adjusted cardiorespiratory intensity recommendations.

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