Exercise, But Do It Carefully

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

While exercising, I urge you to learn to listen to your body. Is the exercise you’re doing causing pain? Tight muscles? Does it hurt your posture? Is it affecting your sleep? Is it disturbing your breathing, digestion, vision, or other functions not normally associated with fitness?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop immediately.

  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath (unable to carry on a conversation)
  • Jaw pain
  • Arm tingling or numbness
  • Tight feeling in the lungs (bronchospasm)

Be aware of any symptoms that come up during or up to an hour after exercise. If you feel ill, stop and rest. If symptoms persist after three to five minutes of rest, seek medical attention immediately.

Let me stress, however, that some form of exercise is of paramount importance to your health.  It can help improve circulatory problems, reduce triglycerides, and fight chronic hypertension.  Exercise can also help you to maintain good cholesterol levels.  And, believe it or not, just a daily walk around the block goes a long way toward helping you to prevent blood clots, heart attack and stroke. 

For more information on cardiovascular health, visit www.drsinatra.com
 
 

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