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January 10, 2017 06:07 PM

Fitness Goals Without Injury

Sioux Falls, SD

Many made a fitness goal in the New Year. One thing we all often forget however, is how to accomplish it.

An important thing is to make sure you know the right way to get yourself off the couch and into the gym without getting hurt.

"Take your time in the gym everybody want's to just rush and see the results really fast and they go buy all of the new supplements and they get the gym membership and the new clothes and that's great because they are motivated but a lot of people go too quick too fast," said Austin Kjergaard, Great Life Fitness Manager and certified trainer.

As soon as the New Year hits, most of us are pumped up to hit the ground running and tackle all of the goals we have set for ourselves.

We are usually so excited we rush our resolutions and often end up injured.

"We see a lot of injuries in the first part of the year because people are excited. They want to get in and then they hurt themselves and that's what we hear the next year. I hurt my shoulder I had to get surgery and now I am back in it again," Kjergaard said. 

Kjergaard said he and his staff see the gym fill up right after New Year's Day with members hoping to get back in shape. He said to keep a few things in mind to make sure you don't injury yourself before achieving your goal.

"Spending time to warm up properly beforehand. Cool down properly after and just really watching their form," Kjergaard said. 

If you're unsure about something don't be afraid to ask a trainer, Kjergaard said.  That way you won't make a mistake and seriously injury yourself.
It's also important to remember to stick with it, he said. 

"Stay with it again we start to see a lot of people start to fade off (at the) end of February, beginning of March. Stay with it, trust the process," Kjergaard said. 

Experts say it usually take three months before you will start to see major changes with your body. 

Even more reason not to give up if you've made a fitness resolution.

Gym injuries are up 35 percent in recent years, according to a study from the University of Arkansas.

The most common being a muscle pull or strain which usually takes about three to six weeks to heal.
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