Take It Slow: Physical Therapists Give You the Keys to Improve Your Fitness in 2014

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, January 13, 2014 — For many Americans, beginning the new year means heading to the gym with good intentions of getting in shape and starting on the road to better health. According to the University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology, the most common New Year's resolution for 2014 is to lose weight. Unfortunately, the same research suggests that while 45% of Americans usually make resolutions, only 8% are successful at achieving them.

To help those resolving to improve their health and fitness and avoid injuries now and throughout the year, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has developed a series of tips and a podcast, available on MoveForwardPT.com, its consumer information website.

Resources include tips for preventing overtraining injuries and understanding the difference between pain and soreness. And, since recovery is also an important component of any fitness program, the resource, "Tips to Recover From a Workout" can help people attain maximum benefit from their workout as well as lower their risk of injury.

APTA member and physical therapist Robert Gillanders, PT, DPT, OCS, offers more advice and tips on how people can safely reach their fitness goals in 2014 in Move Forward Radio's latest episode, "Strategies to Safely Improve Your Fitness."

Gillanders explains that 1 of the fundamental tenets of improving fitness is just taking it slow. He said, "It doesn't have to be dramatic changes to an exercise routine, it can be pretty subtle changes. The turtle wins the race. Bottom line."

Physical therapists are experts in how the body moves and can employ evidence-based techniques to design an individualized health and fitness plan that also reduces risk of injury. Learn more about how physical therapists can help you achieve your fitness goals at www.MoveForwardPT.com.

The American Physical Therapy Association represents more than 88,000 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 at www.MoveForwardPT.com. Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@MoveForwardPT) and Facebook.

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