Fitness instructor Scott Keppel explains if a woman should get clearance from her doctor before she starts exercising.
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EmpowHer EmpowHer Asks: If a woman wants to start exercising, should she get a doctor’s clearance? Scott Keppel Nationally Certified Fitness Instructor If you want to start exercising you should definitely get a doctor’s clearance because you don’t know what’s going on internally and exercising is placing stress on your body. When you lift in particular you are tearing muscle and it’s the rebuilding of that muscle that makes the muscle grow. And again it doesn’t mean it’s going to grow and you’re going to get bigger like a football player. It means it’s going to grow and get lean muscle and then muscle is 3 times smaller than fat so that’s the thing to remember is when you’re going to weight training you’re not going to get big and bulky, your going to get lean muscles and become a more efficient basically machine, that’s what we are if you look at it that way. So you want that doctor’s clearance to make sure that okay everything is in check you don’t have asthma, you don’t have high blood pressure, you don’t have diabetes, everything is good. If you do have nay of those it doesn’t mean you can’t exercise but you may need to watch how hard you jump into it because many individuals start off and they are like I’m ready to go, I want to lose this eight. I want to lose this baby weight this— whatever weight it is that I put on this menopause weight, whatever and they’re exciting and good for you. But the last thing you want to do is jump in to it and get hurt, that’s why you should get a doctor’s clearance and then have a professional trainer asses you and say okay this is what you should do and this is how you would go about doing it and then you can get even a monthly check up with a trainer and just have them look at you and reevaluate your goals. Another benefit of having a trainer is that they help keep an individual accountable so you know you have to show someone your food log, your exercise log whatever it may be because they are going to look at it, assess it, and say okay you’re right on track or you know I don’t think you need to be eating this much junk food and you’re not getting in the gym enough.