When to check with your doctor first

Whether it’s running your first race or starting an exercise program, keeping physically active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But sometimes it’s best to check with your doctor before you start your program. 

When to check with your doctor: 

According to Dr. Cathy Cantor, a board-certified Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Sports Medicine physician at Mercy Health – Perrysburg Family Medicine, people who are not used to regular exercise should meet with their doctor to assess their overall health. Consult with your doctor if you have:

  • suffered from a heart attack
  • asthma or any other lung ailment
  • diabetes or disease of the liver, kidneys, and heart
  • the sensation of pain in your chest, muscles, or joints whenever you participate in exercise 
  • have suffered or are currently suffering from arthritis
  • have recently or in the past experienced a loss of balance, fainting, or dizziness 
  • are experiencing joint pain
  • pregnant 
  • are not sure of your current blood pressure or cholesterol levels

Seeing a physician ahead of your new running program or exercise routine will put you in a better position to deal with or treat any minor condition before it becomes a major one. As a rule, if something doesn’t feel normal, see a doctor. Even if you do not have the beginning of a serious condition, your physician can help.  

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cathy Cantor, visit mercy.com. 

About: The Toledo Glass City Marathon is one of the nation’s marquee races. In existence since 1971, the GCM has grown to be in the top 25 fastest marathon courses. This year’s marathon takes place on Sunday, April 25th, and kicks off at the University of Toledo’s campus with separate start lines for the marathon/marathon relay and half marathon.

Mercy Health Sports and Orthopedic Team of physicians and Running Medicine Specialist are available to assist you during your training as well as on race weekend. Access to our Sports Medicine Physicians, typically within 24 hours, allows for quick diagnosis and assistance in returning to your regular training plan as well as referral to a physical therapist that specializes in running if needed.  Our running medicine specialists can perform a musculoskeletal evaluation as well as a video running analysis that will assist in changing running mechanics to reduce loads on soft tissue and joints.

Our Mercy Health orthopedics, sports medicine, and emergency services teams are also proud to work alongside our community partners to provide medical aid and support for the thousands of runners and spectators along the course. Each aid station, response vehicle, and bicycle team along the course will be staffed with a variety of medical professionals who will work together to ensure the health and safety of all.