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Brits gym related injuries on the rise

Almost half of Brits have injured themselves in a desperate bid to shed the pounds for summer, according to a new report*.

New research* has revealed more than one in ten Brits have sought medical attention for an exercise related problem.

And with millions of us hitting the gym to get ‘beach body’ ready – the study has revealed almost half the nation (41 percent) have suffered a “gym-jury” in their quest for the perfect physique. 

In fact, 12 percent have seen the doctor or visited A&E at least once after a work-out went wrong – with one in twenty now visiting a physio or chiropractor after developing long term exercise related injuries.

Worryingly, 9 percent of fitness fanatics have carried on working out at the gym, despite being in excruciating pain.

The study* by personal injury solicitors, Hayward Baker, found that when it comes to their health, one in twenty British adults admit they don’t know how to use gym equipment correctly suggesting that they might never have been shown at the time of signing up for their membership. 

Worryingly, 38 percent claim they never bother to warm-up before exercising, going against the expert advice from their gym or PT. 

The research also revealed one in ten have gone full throttle and not built up their miles when attempting long distance running and many are attempting to lift weights that are far too heavy for them. 

A spokesperson for Hayward Baker, said: “This is the time of year that everyone panics and tries to lose weight and get in shape for summer. 

“These stats prove losing weight is a recipe for disaster and that injuries and accidents can happen. It’s vital you understand how all the equipment work and that you know your limits.” 

According to the report, 45 percent of all British adults are hitting the gym or exercising in a bid to get shape for their summer holiday, with one in 10 claiming they are undergoing a vigorous fitness regime in order to shift the pounds in time. 

The survey of more than 1,500 adults found working in the gym was the most popular way to exercise, followed by power walking and swimming. 



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