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04-23-2010, 01:37 AM
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densetsu
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You and your doctor are familiar with your physical condition. You and your doctor are the best judge of whether or not you need a physical, not a bunch of strangers on a messageboard. That said...

In general, men between 20 - 40 should have a physical exam every five years, and after that every 2 - 3 years. Existing medical conditions or concerns may call for more frequent exams.

If you are already in moderately good physical shape and have a blood pressure under 140 / 90, I wouldn't be too concerned about having an endurance test. If you have 140/90 or higher, you suffer from hypertension and caution is warranted and I'd suggest seeing your doctor before starting an exercise regime or sports season.

Other conditions may also warrant a physical exam and/or endurance test before starting exercise. Other heart conditions besides prehypertension, lung/breathing conditions (smoking, asthma), diabetes, previous injuries to joints, recent surgeries, muscle pain... the list goes on.

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Personally, I'm in my late 20's and have had two full physical exams in my 20's, in addition to seeing my GP annually for a quick checkup. However, since I have exercised regularly for the past five years and have a good sense of my physical condition -- and regularly monitor biometrics like blood pressure and pulse -- I haven't undergone any endurance tests, and my GP doesn't deem them necessary.


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