Exercising Safely

Tips for exercising safely

  • Always warm up before you begin to exercise. A warmup may take anywhere between 3 to 5 minutes; however, some individuals may need a bit longer. Here is an example of a safe warmup routine.
  • After you complete your exercise session, always complete a cool-down. A cool-down may take anywhere between 3 to 5 minutes; however, some individuals may need a bit longer.
  • Your warm-up and cool-down should feel fairly light (RPE of 11).
  • Always follow the exercise prescription you were given by your Exercise Therapist. This prescription was developed based on your medical history, current fitness levels, and goals.
  • If you are experiencing new symptoms, it is not a good idea to exercise without clearance from your Exercise Therapist or Doctor. If you experience symptoms during exercise, always slow down, and stop exercising if symptoms persist during exercise. Always follow up with your Exercise Therapist.
  • Always take your medications as prescribed. If you have been prescribed emergency medications (or as needed), such as Nitroglycerin spray or inhalers, always carry these with you, especially during exercise. If you have been advised to carry health devices or treatments, always carry these with you during exercise as well.
  • Avoid heavy meals 1-2 hours before you exercise. When you eat a heavy meal, blood travels to your stomach to help with digestion. This reduces the blood available to the heart when exercising and may provoke heart-related symptoms. For more information, view our Keeping Exercise Safe section.
  • While exercising, wear comfortable and breathable clothing. If exercising outdoors, consider reflective gear. It is also recommended to wear well-fitted running shoes during exercise.
  • Always check the “feels-like” temperature before you exercise, and consider indoor alternatives if the weather is too hot, too cold, or has other dangerous conditions. For information on exercising in the heat, view or section on Hot Weather & Exercise. 
  • Let your Exercise Therapist know if you have any symptoms, concerns, recent medication changes, or doctor’s appointments. Regular communication with your Exercise Therapist is key to your safety in this program.

For more information speak to your Exercise Therapist.