Physical Therapists Help You Get Fit - Safely - in 2011

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, January 6, 2011 — New Years' resolutions have an 80 percent rate of failure by Valentine's Day, but Americans can increase their success by sharing their commitment with others. The American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA's) Move Forward campaign is helping individuals keep commitments by starting the conversation online and providing fitness tips for those who are heading to the gym.

For new, potential, and even returning gym members, APTA launched 12 instructional videos featuring physical therapist and APTA member Robert Gillanders, PT, DPT. Dr. Gillanders demonstrates correct posture and form for selected core, leg, shoulder and arm exercises. These exercises, in conjunction with a regular cardiovascular routine, will help individuals strengthen target areas. Gillanders' advice will also help individuals exercise with less risk of injury.

"One of the most important things to remember is the overall form of the exercise," Gillanders said. "It's going to help you be less vulnerable to injury. Physical therapists have extensive knowledge of the way the body moves and are also able to adjust workouts for pre-existing conditions, and these videos will help get Americans off to a good start in 2011."

To help individuals stick to their New Years' fitness resolutions, Move Forward invites people to share their progress every Friday in January on Facebook and on Twitter via #MovePT. Join the Move Forward PT community on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter via @MoveForwardPT. For more information on how a physical therapist can help individuals achieve their fitness goals, visit and read more about the benefits of physical activity.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 74,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area. Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@moveforwardpt) and Facebook.