It can be hard to be completely honest with your doctor – missing off a few drinks when calculating your weekly amount for example! Whilst you should always be honest about things that may affect your health, most people may not think to bring up their exercise regime with their doctor. Surely exercise can only be a good thing? Well of course it is, but there’s certain things that may affect your workout that can easily be handled by your GP. We’ve outlined some major points you can bring up at your next checkup – so get asking!
There may be exercises you need to avoid.
Obviously, your doctor knows your whole health history (or they should do!) They can make recommendations on which exercises you may need to avoid due to any conditions you may have or recent injuries. For example, someone with diabetes may need to adjust their diet or medication to account for workouts. If you have no known pre-existing conditions and no recent injuries, there’s no reason to rush and make an appointment – just ask at your next check up, or go to your doctor if any symptoms arise when you exercise.
Medications can affect your workout.
Certain medications can cause side effects that mess with your workout. Medications for everything from asthma, depression to even ADHD can cause your body to react differently to physical exercise. Make sure to ask your doctor which, if any, of your medications could affect your workout and what you can do about it.
Medications can even cause injury!
Most recently, it’s been found that some kinds of antibiotics can cause tendon damage – something you definitely need to avoid, especially when running! So if you’re an avid runner and you come down with a nasty infection that requires antibiotics, bring your running up with your doctor.
Speak up if you’re light-headed/dizzy/shaky after a workout.
Symptoms such as dizziness, light-headedness or shakiness can all indicate conditions like anaemia or low blood sugar. If you experience any symptoms like this, it’s always best to check up with your doctor, who can test you for these conditions and either rule them out or help you to treat them!
Endurance training can change your heart.
If you’re a serious runner (I’m talking at least an hour running a day!) you may be at risk of ‘Athletic Heart Syndrome’. Over a long period of endurance training, the resting heart rate of an athlete slows, due to the heart becoming larger. Each beat pumps more blood, allowing the heart to slow down. While not life-threatening and rarely a problem, it’s something your doctor needs to know about. If they don’t know about your endurance running, they could take your slower heartbeat as something different and dangerous – avoid a potential health scare by keeping them up to date with your training!