By Phyllis K. Smith, 1080 KRLD | CBSDFW.COM

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) – A new Gallup poll this week shows people are exercising more frequently than they did in years past. But the type of exercise could be doing more harm than good.

Bobby Hart, a personal trainer and owner of  Dallas Workout The Gym on McKinney Avenue says everyone is rushed these days, so the old way of working out by separating your cardio and strength training throughout the week just doesn’t cut it any more.

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Hart says fast-paced short cross-training workouts is the way to go these days. If you only have 30 minutes Hart will customize a total body workout in that amount of time.

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Don Buford says that type of exercise doesn’t work for everybody.

He says it’s a very rigorous exercise program and the results are good, which is why the programs are popular. But Buford says you have to be careful at the outset to make sure you’re ready for such a program.

Buford says one problem is people are working to the point of exhaustion, so their exercise program is really working against them. He says one of the reasons they’re seeing injuries in some of these cross fit programs is people are not allowing their bodies to fully recover before their next workout.

Buford says, instead of building up their bodies, they’re actually breaking them down.

Both Buford and Trainer Bobby Hart say that because people are at different fitness levels, they should be assessed by someone.

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Hart says the questions the trainer asks will differ based on the apparant fitness level of the person coming in. For example a person who is over weight or has high blood pressure have a more extensive interview than someone who has been working out a long time.

Dr. Buford says the old fashioned way of exercising might actually be the best option for some people. For the average person in their 30’s or 40’s, Buford recommends finding an activity that involves cardiovascular exercise.

He says if you can fit in strength training a couple of times a week that would be a solid program and prevent too much stress on the body.

The important thing is to pay attention to your body and know your limits.

PLAY: 1080 KRLD’s Phyllis Smith reports

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