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Getting in shape is always a popular New Year's resolution and one way to do that is by joining a gym, but you may be asked to sign a contract.

Today's "Smarter Living" looks at questions you should ask yourself before signing on the dotted line.

Picking a gym can be a workout in itself, there are so many facilities and a wide range of prices. It can be overwhelming and many gyms require you to sign a contract.

Angie Hicks of Angie's List says you've got to know what you're signing up for.

"Be sure you understand what you are signing yourself up for before you sign up for a gym, especially if you haven't been an avid fitness person before," she says. "You want to make sure your contract has flexibility in case you change your mind."

It's important to read the fine print. Take the contract home with you and read everything, including what happens if you break it.

Also, ask how any injury or move to a new area might impact your contract. Some gyms allow members to suspend or cancel a membership in the case of any injury.

If you're hesitant about getting into a long-term commitment, consider a club or classes that don't require a contract or ask for trial passes.

Also, many gyms offer free child care while you work out, so make sure to check the gym's policy.

And remember, before starting any fitness program you should first talk to your doctor.

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