You may even be assessed as moderate or high risk by your fitness professional - do not be alarmed. Again this is best seen as an opportunity to get a check up with your GP and get their input into your fitness program. I present as moderate risk and my GP has cleared me to do high intenstity training with no restrictions.
The benefits of having regular health checks are
- building rapport with your GP (or finding a GP who you're happy with)
- finding out what your cholesterol levels are (both the good fats and bad fats)
- finding out if you're deplete in any vitamins or minerals (so you take only the supplements you need - no more self diagnosis/self medication)
- checking for diabetes (often diagnosed years late)
- checking for skin cancers
- keeping tabs on your blood pressure (a good indication of your cardiovascular health)
- early diagnosis of any underlying health problems
- referrals to specialists and allied health professionals
- access to subsidised professional services you wouldn't know of otherwise
- fitness program health insurance claims
If you think about it your car gets regular servicing, pets get annual shots and check ups, gardens get tended, so why not you?