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10 tips to prevent injuries when you exercise

How to work out safely so you get all the health benefits without the aches and strains.

Whether you've been exercising for years or are just starting a fitness program, it's important to avoid injuries so you can keep moving closer to your fitness goals. We become more vulnerable to injuries as we get older, in part because we are less agile than we used to be, and we have also lost some of our former bone and muscle mass.

"Recovery from injury can also slow with age," says Dr. Eric Berkson, an instructor in orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Performance Center. "It can take longer to recover from a smaller injury, and the injured areas remain vulnerable during the recovery period."

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