You Don't Seek a Professional Evaluation
In addition to getting medical clearance and a complete physical before starting an exercise program, it’s a good idea to also find a certified and experienced trainer to determine what you should and should not be doing, says Irv Rubenstein, an exercise physiologist and co-founder of S.T.E.P.S. fitness facility in Nashville, Tenn.
“A qualified trainer can help you in terms of the specific exercises, machines, intensity and duration that are best for you,” says Rubenstein. An evaluation not only reduces your risk of injury, but ensures you’ll get results.