Though I think it’s generally a good idea for anyone over 40 who is currently sedentary to get medical clearance before beginning an exercise program, it’s only mandatory if one of the following applies to you:
- You are currently sedentary and have a chronic condition (with or without symptoms), such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc.
- You have a chronic condition, have been exercising regularly at a light to moderate level of intensity with no problems, and would like to exercise at a more vigorous level of intensity.
- You have an orthopedic condition, such as chronic joint pain (tendinitis, osteoarthritis, etc.), hip or knee replacement, spinal stenosis/degeneration, etc.
No matter your status, you will be asked to sign a waiver before starting the first session, regardless of medical clearance.