Exercise advertisements often target simplified exercise routines and spot reduction. Some exercise advertisements sell the belief that one machine will work your entire body and give you the results you need. Some machines are good for cardiovascular conditioning; however, they may not be good for other reasons, such as joint or balance limitations. To establish a proper exercise routine, you need to follow a few basic guidelines.

Before you start an exercise program or routine, a thorough medical history and evaluation are recommended so you and your doctor can identify limitations on certain exercise movements. It is highly recommended that you receive proper instructions for performing these exercises before beginning your exercise routine or program. Anaerobic exercise is not recommended for some people with certain heart or orthopedic conditions. Discuss this with your doctor.

Exercise is only one part of a weight loss program

Along with regular exercise, weight loss requires a dedicated effort to change your eating habits. Weight loss may require many strategies and support from a team of nutritionists or registered dietitians, exercise specialists, and peers. Ask your doctor to speak to a dietitian or exercise specialist if you need any assistance in planning your program. At The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, call the Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Program at 216.444.9353 or 800.223.2273 ext. 49353. They can assist you in a monitored exercise program or exercise prescription.

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To read the AHA exercise guidelines in detail, see Circulation. October 2, 2001 and follow links to Science & Professional (a new browser window will open with this link. The inclusion of links to other web sites does not imply any endorsement of the material on the web sites or any association with their operators.)

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To make an appointment with an exercise specialist, a dietitian, or to join a cardiac rehabilitation program, contact the Cleveland Clinic Preventive Cardiology - 216.444.9353 or 800.223.2273 ext. 9353.