If the only exercise you get during the day is moving your mouse, you may benefit from the profusion of web fitness sites on the web, some of which offer a personalized diet and fitness plan. Such cybertraining can be an accessible and affordable way to have a personal trainer help get you into better shape. But to have a safe and worthwhile experience with cybertraining, keep these guidelines in mind:
· If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, or other chronic health problem, or if you are pregnant, you should check with your doctor first, and take a couple of sessions with a personal trainer and dietician first before going online.
· Some fitness sites may sell products such as nutritional or herbal supplements, or exercise-enhancing supplements, or other diet and exercise products. Be wary if the site''s information insists you cannot get full benefit from their program without purchasing these products. And check with your doctor before taking any supplement or herbal product. Some of these may have serious interactions with other prescription medicines you are taking, or may be generally unsafe.
· Check out the source of the information provided on the site. There are many reputable sites, including ones run by such groups as the American Dietetic Association and the American Heart Association and the US National Institutes of Health. Compare the advice you are given with the information from other professional or government health sites.
· Web site trainers and dieticians haven''t seen you. They don''t know your body type, your tolerance for exertion, your food preferences, and can''t correct your form if you do the exercises improperly. So if you are a beginner without prior exercise experience, it may be worth your while to have a live trainer for a few sessions first.
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