You don’t need a doctor to tell you that exercise is essential for a healthy life. But if you don’t already exercise, your doctor may need to advise you if it’s safe to start.
Most people can safely take up walking and gentle exercise, but it’s best to check with your doctor before starting if:
- you are extremely unsteady on your feet;
- you have dizzy spells or take medicine that makes you feel dizzy or drowsy;
- you have a chronic or unstable health condition, such as heart disease (or several risk factors for heart disease), asthma or another respiratory ailment, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, or diabetes.