If you’ve ever been told pain is weakness leaving the body, take note. While a small amount of discomfort is normal while exercising, there are certain warning signs that shouldn’t be ignored and can be an indicator of a larger problem.
Prior to beginning any exercise routine or major change in physical activity, talk with your doctor about your plans. Discuss any past conditions, illnesses or medications that may have an impact on your training.
Once you begin working out, take time to recognize how your body responds to exercise. Listen to what it needs in terms of rest, fuel and hydration. Above all, make sure to start out slowly and learn what is normal for your body.
If you experience any of the warning signs below, slow down immediately and seek medical attention:
– Pain or pressure in the left or middle part of your chest, the left side of your neck, left shoulder or left arm
– Feel dizzy or sick
– Breakout in a cold sweat
– Have muscles cramps
– Feel pain in your joints, feet, ankles, or bones
– If your heart starts racing or beating irregularly
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