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Is It Okay for Me To Walk?

Answer the following questions before you begin a walking program:
  • Has your doctor ever told you that you have heart trouble?

  • When you exercise, do you have pains in your chest or on your left side (neck, shoulder or arm)?

  • Do you often feel faint or have dizzy spells?

  • Do you feel extremely breathless after mild activity?

  • Has your doctor told you that you have high blood pressure?

  • Has your doctor told you that you have bone or joint problems, like arthritis, that could get worse if you exercise?

  • Are you over 50 years old and not use to a lot of exercise?

  • Do you have a condition or physical reason not mentioned here that might interfere with an exercise program?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please check with your doctor before starting a walking program or other form of exercise.

How Do I Start a Walking Program?

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last updated: 10 February 1998

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