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Staying Fit and Healthy

General Guide to Fitness and Health

Health and fitness are closely connected. For example, did you know that walking two miles a day for 5 days a week can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 28 percent? See how easy it is to stay fit and healthy? Walking (outdoors or on a treadmill at home or in the gym) is an excellent way to improve your health, and it's easy to fit into most lifestyles.

Exercise Injury vs. Health Risk of Obesity

Most fitness experts say that, compared to the health risks of prolonged inactivity or obesity, exercise involves minimal health or injury risks for someone in good health or those following a doctor's advice. However, there are times when it's important to have a health-check before exercising.

When to Have a Health-Check Before Exercising

If you are under 35 and in good health, you don't need to check your health with a doctor before beginning an exercise or fitness program. If you are over 35 and have been inactive for several years, you should check with doctor before embarking on any kind of fitness plan. Your doctor may recommend an exercise-test.

Physical Conditions Which May Restrict Exercise

In addition, if you suffer (or suspect you may suffer) from high blood pressure (hypertension), cardiovascular heart problems, family history of premature stroke or heart attack, dizzy spells, breathing difficulties after mild exertion, arthritis or bone trouble, muscular, ligament or tendon problems, you should definitely check your health status with your doctor.

Sources include:
- President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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