30 Days To A Healthier, More “Fitter” You Series! (Health/Fitness Questionnaire)

doctorShould You Get a Doctors Okay Before Starting an Exercise Program?

A lifestyle with no exercise (a sedentary or inactive lifestyle) is not considered to be healthy because a person is more at risk for developing disease in the body.  

Regular exercise can also help you control your weight and strengthen your bones, heart and muscles. 

If you are currently active in an exercise program and have never experienced any health issues, you’re probably good to go without a doctor’s approval. 

You should, however, check with your doctor or (energy healer) if you have any of the symptoms or conditions listed on this health history questionnaire.

You can access your health status by marking all TRUE” statements.

Note: If you mark any of these statements in this section, consult your physician or other appropriate health care provider (energy healer) before engaging in exercise.

Most diseases (or dis-eases) have a Spiritual Cause underlying it.  Click here to get a list of some of the most common dis-eases and their Spiritual Causes.

Health History:

You have had:

  A heart attack
  Heart surgery
  Cardiac catheterization
  Coronary angioplasty
  Pacemaker-implantable cardiac
  Defibrillator/rhythm disturbance
  Heart valve disease
  Heart failure
  Heart transplantation
  Congenital heart disease


  You experience chest discomfort with exertion
  You experience unreasonable breathlessness
  You experience dizziness, fainting, or blackouts
  You take heart medications

 Other health issues: 

  You have diabetes
  You have asthma or other lung disease
  You have burning or cramping sensation in your lower legs with walking short distances.
  You have musculoskeletal problems that limit your physical activity
  You have concerns about the safety of exercise
  You take prescription medications
  You are pregnant

 Cardiovascular risk factors: 

Note: If you mark two or more of the statements in this section, you should consult your physician or other appropriate healthcare (energy healer) provider before engaging in exercise. You might benefit from using a facility with a professionally qualified exercise staff to guide your exercise program. 


  You are a man older than 45 years
  You are a woman older than 55 years, have had a hysterectomy, or are postmenopausal.
  You smoke, or quit smoking within the previous 6 months.
  You blood pressure is or is greater than 140/90 hg.
  You do not know your blood pressure
  You take blood pressure medications
  You blood cholesterol level is or is greater than 200 mg/d
  You do not know your cholesterol level
  You have close blood relative who had a heart attack or heart surgery before age 55 (father or brother) or age 65 (mother or sister).
  You are physically inactive (ie, you get less than 30 minutes of physical activity on at least 3 days/week).
  You are greater than 20 pounds overweight

***If you didn’t check any of the above you should be able to exercise safely without consulting your physician or other appropriate health care provider in a self-guided program or almost any facility that meets your exercise program needs.

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Healthy Blessings,

Gena Livings


  1. It is always a good idea to get your doctor’s OK before working out, however, you also have to gauge how YOU feel!
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  2. a nice checklist for all people before starting out any workout. thanks for sharing.
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    • Hi Amar!
      You are welcome! I’m sure that this will prove helpful for many people.

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  3. It is my belief that getting off your buns is important – and that waiting for a doctor’s approval could just provide another excuse not to do it. Overtraining is an issue for everyone – including those that are already active.
    Incorporating walking and yoga are the safest, and easiest, ways to begin exercising immediately – in a safe way.
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    • Hello Sara,
      On one level I agree with you that getting up and moving your body is very important as I mentioned in my article.

      I, however am a Certified ACSM Personal Fitness Trainer and we work closely with people to ensure that they are taking proper procedure to ensure personal safety and work closely with their healthcare team. This team could be a group of holistic practitioners or traditional Western practitioners.

      Waiting for a doctors approval (if they are experiencing anything on the health history questionnaire) is not considered an excuse or a cop out. It is considered to be smart and pro-active.

      The only excuse is “not’ taking action in getting their doctors clearance.

      Walking is considered to be very safe but if someone is extremely overweight, they may need to start out with an exercise that is less weight barring on their joints, like mild forms of swimming. There are very mild exercise programs that we design for people to help build their strength, stamina and endurance in a safe and effective manner.

      Yoga is a wonderful practice as I do it myself but this may not be suitable for all people.

      Healthy blessings

  4. Eek! I need to see a doctor 😉 I think it’s important to get a health check if you’re really unfit, although the doctor will probably just tell you to start exercising, albeit gently to start with… and I think getting a personal trainer before starting anything new is also important to prevent injury from pushing too hard with beginner’s enthusiasm or not knowing the correct technique. Good points for people to consider, and I liked the link to the spiritual diseases. Lots of things there I haven’t got, so I feel really good about myself now 😀

    • Hi Andrea,
      Yes, doctors most always “encourage” exercise unless there is a “serious” condition that would cause concern. If a person is taking medication (for example, blood pressure meds) there are exercises that actually elevate (spike) blood pressure that could potentially be dangerous. This just needs to be understood and most fitness trainers are typically educated on what types of exercises are safe to perform.

      There are also certain pain meds like Opioids that can actually lower blood pressure which can also lead to complications when exercising – like extreme dizziness.

      Just things for people to consider when finding an exercise program that suits their needs and specific requirements.

      Thanks for commenting and I’m so glad to know that you are keeping healthy!! 🙂

      Healthy blessings,

  5. Great survey!

    Thanks for the link to my blog!

    I’m glad to know I’m “good to go” since I am already exercising. 😉


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    • Hi Kathy!
      Yes, if you are currently active in an exercise program and feel good then you are good to go!

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

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