The Doctor Will See You

Weight training can help treat a variety of ailments, especially if combined with a good stretching program and sound nutrition. While we're not going to be so bold as to say that weight training can cure serious maladies like beriberi or foot-and-mouth disease, it often does wonders for an ailing body. Having said that, there are a number of conditions that weight lifting will exacerbate if you lift without medical supervision.

We don't mean to dampen your enthusiasm or frighten you off of the exercise train; in fact, that's the last thing we want to do—well, the second to the last. We're most eager to help you avoid injuries or aggravate a preexisting condition. It may seem obvious, but we'll mention it anyway: When you're having a checkup, make sure to mention any current problems you're experiencing. In other words, don't try to turn the doctor into a mind reader. Once you've had your physical and learned how to safely proceed, find out if the gym you belong to (or are thinking about joining) has trainers who know how to work around your particular condition. (See Chapter 8, "To Supplement or Not?" for more about personal trainers.) Working with a trainer who isn't adept at working with stroke victims or heart patients—if that's your problem—is a big mistake.

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