However, just to be safe, let us take some sensible precautions. Most of us tend to ignore symptoms. But, we want you to be fit and healthy. So, just think for five minutes. In the course of your normal activities, you may have rushed to answer the doorbell or telephone, hurried up the stairs. After doing so, have you felt dizzy or faint?
Got slight pains in the chest? Developed flu-like symptoms? Had an upset stomach? Found difficulty in breathing? There is nothing to panic about – but do consult your doctor. Explain that you want to start exercising and ask him or her to guide you on the activity you choose and how intensely you can do it. Take any test he advises you to. If the thought of visiting your doctor at his dispensary puts you off, you could enrol yourself in a gym that has a medical practitioner attached to it. It is worth the expense as you will be put on the right track of health and fitness suited to your individual circumstances.
Moreover, if you are over 35 years of age and have never exercised, it is better to get a doctor’s green signal to get into aerobics.
Most fitness books advise you to exercise under medical supervision if you have a heart problem, diabetes, are a heavy smoker, are highly stressed out or are extremely obese. Clearly, such factors need careful medical monitoring. To these we would like to add one more condition – the state of your eyes. Are you myopic? In other words, are you short-sighted where you have high minus-number glasses? If so, before embarking on an exercising programme, consult an ophthalmologist, an optometrist or a vitreo-retinal surgeon and have your retina checked out. Your eye doctor should be highly trained in binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy. Retinal detachment can be aggravated by lifting weights or sudden jerky movements.
Being myopic does not automatically put you in the retina detachment department, but the risk exists. Hence, it’s wiser to consult a specialist. However, don’t use your short-sightedness as an excuse – where you do not make an appointment with your eye doctor, and put off exercising indefinitely. Make that call today. Even a person who has undergone retinal surgery is advised to lose weight after the healing and convalescing period. The reason being that that extra load of fat puts a strain on the retina.