Talking to your doctor is very important before you begin any new fitness and exercise regimen, especially if you have been quite sedentary until now. Here are some tips to help you prepare so you can leave your next appointment with the best answers possible.
Bring up the topic of fitness and exercise yourself. If you wait for your doctor to mention it, the subject may not come up. Some doctors are reluctant to bring up fitness and exercise because they don’t want to hurt their patients’ feelings.
Prepare your questions ahead of time. Your doctor has budgeted only a certain amount of time to spend with you. You can make your appointment run more quickly and smoothly by writing down your questions ahead of time. When your appointment starts, let your doctor know that you have a list of questions. That will indicate to your doctor that you are seeking specific information and they will usually give you the opportunity to work your way through the list.
Ask about what kinds of exercise you should be doing. Your doctor will know your medical history and will know if certain types of exercise would be unwise for you to try. They may be concerned about you getting injured. If you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications, that might affect your ability to do certain exercises.
Ask about your resting heart rate and what your target heart rate should be. Your doctor can explain these to you. Your doctor will be able to tell you what your target heart rate should be based on your age and medical condition. He or she can also show you how to easily calculate your heart rate.
If you want to lose weight, this is a good opportunity to discuss a reasonable weight-loss goal with your doctor. He or she will be able to tell you what a realistic weight loss would be for your condition. They can also help you determine your ideal weight.
Ask about diet and nutrition. Your doctor can tell you how many calories you should be eating each day to stay healthy and may recommend certain foods to improve and maintain your health.
Take notes. While your doctor is speaking, take notes of their answers. With so much information being thrown at you, it will be impossible to remember all of it. You may also want to bring along a friend to ask any questions you didn’t think of and to help remind you of important details after you leave.
Your doctor is an important partner in your health care. By taking this advice, you will be able to start a meaningful conversation with your doctor and gain helpful information.