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Given the attendance growth at area gyms, exercise is a common New Year’s resolution for people across the country.

For those who managed to stick with it the second week into the new year, knowing your limits and identifying potential problems may help area residents keep to their resolutions.

Boiling Springs Family Medicine physician Dr. Chad Jumper talked about what people should do to choose the right plan and when you should involve a doctor in the discussion.

Q: What factors should people consider before they look at starting a new workout plan?

A: Before starting an exercise plan, people should consider their medical conditions, current physical shape and what their goals are.

Q: Who should talk to a family doctor before starting a new exercise regimen?

A: Anyone with heart disease, breathing problems or painful joints should consult their physician before starting an exercise program. People who do not suffer these conditions but have general questions about exercise and health should also consider discussion with their provider.

Q: How do you recommend people start with taking on a new exercise plan?

A: I recommend people start slowly and add on duration and intensity as their body gets used to the exercises they are doing. Injuries from pushing oneself too hard can discourage patients from sticking with or restarting an exercise program.

Q: What are some of the more common injuries you see or hear about when it comes to exercise?

A: The types of injuries depend on which exercises are being completed, but falls, back injuries and joint pain are some of the most common.

Q: What are the types of exercise that cause the most stress on the body? How do people know when to stop?

A: Starting an intense program without building up along the way commonly causes strain and injury. For example, starting out with running rather than walking can cause knee pain and injuries. Pain should be one’s guide when starting out an exercise program.

Dr. Chad Jumper is a family practice physician at Boiling Springs Family Medicine and is board certified in family medicine. Check Boiling Springs Family Medicine on Twitter @DrChadJumper and on Facebook. This information is intended for educational purposes. Please consult your health care provider for advice about treatments that may affect your individual health.


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