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How to Walk - Are You Healthy Enough to Start?

When to Get a Medical Check-up Before Starting a Walking Program


Updated August 18, 2014

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Contact your medical provider for a check-up or consultation before you begin your walking program if any of these apply:

  • You have been sedentary for a year or more. Definition of physical inactivity
  • You don't currently exercise and are over age 65.
  • You have been diagnosed with heart trouble.
  • Pregnant
  • High blood pressure.
  • Diabetes
  • You have chest pain, especially when exerting yourself.
  • You often feel faint or have severe dizzy spells
  • Other medical conditions.

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