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Medical experts warn about rushing into New Year's workout

January 02, 2018 07:06 PM

Many people use the new year as motivation to start working out again.

Medical experts warn that it's best to get the okay from your doctor first.

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Jason Cruickshank is an athletic trainer at the Cleveland Clinic. He says that anyone who is getting back into exercising after taking time off needs to take it slow.

He says trying to lift too much weight, or forcing your body into a stretch or movement it's not ready for, can cause microtrauma to the muscles.

"You don't want to rush in to, 'Okay, I'm going to go over to the bench press now and I'm going to do a set of three reps at as high a weight as I can lift.' You're not going to recruit the muscles that you want, you're not going to have the neurological changes that you need to make exercise more beneficial down the road," Cruickshank explained.

Cruickshank says it's best to start at a low-level to build endurance.

He says that the same rules apply for an athlete who's trying a new sport for the first time.

He says that just because you're a superb athlete in one sport, doesn't mean that muscle memory will carry over to other activities.

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