Take the test: Are you ready for an exercise regimen?

SINGAPORE - Are you ready for an exercise regimen? How do you know if you are ready to start an exercise programme?

Dr Cindy Lin, staff attending physician in sports medicine and rehabilitation medicine at Changi General Hospital, recommends going through the physical activity readiness questionnaire below.

1. Has your doctor said that you have a heart condition or that you should take part in physical activity only as recommended by a doctor?

2. Do you feel pain in your chest during physical activity?

3. In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing any physical activity?

4. Do you lose your balance from dizziness? Do you lose consciousness?

5. Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?

6. Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs for your blood pressure or a heart condition?

7. Do you know of any reason you should not take part in physical activity?

If you answered yes to one or more questions, are over 40 years old and have recently been inactive or are concerned about your health, consult a physician before taking a fitness test or substantially increasing your physical activity.

If you answered no to each question and do not fit the criteria listed, then it is likely that you can safely begin exercising.

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