If you’re new to jogging, going to your doctor should be a higher priority than choosing a good pair of shoes.


A visit to your doctor is especially critical if any of the following apply to you:


  • You have been sedentary for a year or more

  • You don’t exercise and are over 65

  • Have been diagnosed with heart problems

  • You are pregnant

  • You are overweight

  • You smoke or been a smoker

  • Have high pressure

  • You have diabetes

  • You have a family history with heart disease

  • Have chest pain

  • You have severe dizziness

  • Finally, if you have another medical condition

What should I share with my doctor at my appointment?


At your appointment, share your jogging plan and goals with your doctor and let them comment on your situation. Ask if running can affect your existing conditions.

Discover the health consequences common to runners and how to avoid or prevent them. Also, let him know if you want to lose weight.


What kind of exam can my doctor include?


Your exam should include a stress exercise test (usually on a treadmill) to check for cardiovascular problems that may appear as you push your limits.

When you start running regularly, schedule an annual physical exam to make sure you’re still healthy.