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New Year injuries: Take your time with fitness goals

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We have one month of 2014 under our belts.

As some aim to fasten those belts a few inches tighter as part of a New Year fitness resolution, they may be taking things a little too fast.

"They've been in the gym, worked out maybe harder than what they should and have ended up coming in the office and working on shoulders or hips, necks, backs," says All Seasons Full Body Chiropractic Center Chiropractor Dr. Paul Bekkum.

Bekkum says he's seen patients that have worked out using too much weight, have stressed old injuries or have attempted routines that are too advanced. He suggests explaining your goals to a personal trainer who can help you set up an appropriate workout.

Planet Fitness recognizes the importance of having a personal trainer available to help others be successful and see results without injuries. They provide one to their members.

"He can help them figure out which machines to be using, how to use the machines properly so they can avoid getting injured. He can also show them which amount, how much amount of weight that they should be using on the machines," says  Manager Sicheneder.

Which is good news for all the new members they've received since Jan. 1.

"We've had a lot of people that have been joining the gym and coming and taking a look at different gyms here in town and we've had one of the busiest months that we've had this entire year," says Sicheneder.  

"I found my niche on this thing right here," says MSUM student Aaron Swenson, who was there working out on a cardio machine today.

Swenson is one of many who are still working on that new year resolution to get fit.

"I wanted to look better, feel better for my college graduation," he says.

Bekkum says he started working out for half an hour a day and has worked up to an hour or more.

"If you end up going too hard too fast, you end up hurting yourself, you end up getting sick and that's just going to discourage you from keeping on going and the most important part is to keep at it," he says.

Doctor Bekkum says to start slowly if it's been a while since you hit the gym. He says even three to five minutes a day can be a good foundation to build on. He also says to mix up your workouts to let fatigued muscles rest and help prevent stress-related injuries.

 

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