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People are Heading Outside to Enjoy the Warm Weather

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Spring fever is in full swing and people are anxious to stretch their legs.

Courtney Plante has the story. 

Warmer temperatures keep employees at Bismarck Parks and Recreation busy.

"The snow's just about gone so we hope the temperatures continue to go up. We will work on getting the parks, the ball fields, and the golf courses all up and running," said Kevin Klipfel, facilities and programs director.

 It will be a few weeks before golf courses and ball parks can be used -- but the trails are ready to go.

"Our most used area is our trail system throughout the park district. Everybody can use a trail...bikers, walkers, joggers, roller bladers. Anybody that's out there can use our trails," said Kevin Klipfel, facilities and programs director.

Warmer days put people in the mood to get outside, go for a run or bike ride and enjoy trails like this one. But too much activity too soon can be a problem.

"People get anxious to get outside and do more of their activities they love, whether its sports related, gardening or running. Potentially that could lead to extra stress or strain on the body or even injury," said Dr. Jody Eckert, professor of orthopedics, U-Mary.

The extra strain can cause anything from muscle soreness to joint injuries. 
Dr. Eckert says people should warm-up before a workout and gradually increase activity over time. 

"You also should be really careful if you've been walking or running 1 mile. Your expectations should never be that you're going to on a nice day run or walk 8 miles," said Dr. Jody Eckert, professor of orthopedics, U-Mary.

Dr. Eckert says doing the same activity over and over again can lead to injury. 
Parks and Rec offers a variety of outdoor activities -- anything from baseball to swimming to help prevent those injuries. 

Reporting in Bismarck for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante. 

Dr. Eckert says that stretching after a workout will also decrease your risk of injury. 


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