New Exercise Regimens Should Be Slow and Steady

As people consider a New Year’s resolution to get more exercise, a New York physiatrist is offering some suggestions to help avoid injuries. “There are a multitude of injuries that can occur when someone starts a new exercise program after the new year,” says Jason Lipetz, MD, director of spine rehabilitation medicine at the North Shore-LIJ Spine Center. “Some of them are overuse injuries; some are more acute and traumatic injuries, and that really depends on the type of activity or sport that the individual is participating in. Really, the key is to be smart about the exercise you choose. Start gradually. And if you’re unfamiliar with proper form in the exercise, get some assistance. That can take the form of a trainer in a gym, for example.”

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