The last major polio epidemic occurred more than 40 years ago, but if you contracted and recovered from the disease, chances are you continue to experience symptoms of fatigue and muscle and joint pain. The good news is that exercise has been shown to significantly increase lower-extremity strength and aerobic capacity. Furthermore, regular exercise can help you maintain your weight and reduce your risk of developing other diseases. The key to maximizing the benefits of exercise is to follow a well-designed program that accommodates your individual needs and concerns.

Your exercise program should be designed to maximize the benefits with the fewest risks of aggravating your health or physical condition. Consider contacting a certified fitness professional who can work with you and your health care provider to establish realistic goals and design a safe and effective program that addresses your specific needs.