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Should I talk to my doctor about starting a strength training program?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Before starting any exercise regimen, it is important to consult your doctor to confirm that you are fit for exercise. Speak to your doctor about how to begin slowly, what options might be best for your current physical condition, and which activities you should avoid. In addition to helping you maintain muscle health, strength training can help reduce your risk of joint injury, deal with chronic illness, battle fatigue, and help you sleep, control weight, and improve your overall well-being.

Yes, before starting any type of training program you should consult your physician and submit to a thorough physical to make sure your body is healthy enough to perform a weight training program and if any modifications may need to be made to reduce the risk of injury to you. If your physician clears you for resistance training programs consult a certified personal trainer to help you devise a sound program to maximize performance.

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