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SATURDAY, Dec. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's great to get exercise during the holidays, as long as you take steps to avoid injuries, a sports medicine expert says.
"I would encourage everyone to get out and be active, but we want to be sure that you are able to continue to get out and be active after the holidays," said Dr. Theodore Shybut, an assistant professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
At this time of year, injuries are common among people who aren't normally active, but join the family to play touch football or do a jingle bell run.
Injuries also occur among people who are in shape, but typically do less strenuous exercise than activities like football, basketball or sprinting, according to Shybut.
He offered a number of injury prevention tips:
Another option is to look for a holiday deal at a local gym, rather than waiting after New Year's Day to begin a fitness program, Shybut suggested.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers holiday health tips.
SOURCE: Baylor College of Medicine, news release
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