Why variety matters in exercise.

Variety in exercise is crucial from a therapist perspective for several medical and physical reasons. I will go into further depth in this article. It is important to note that most people have reasoning behind their exercise routine. We will be delving further into the reasons as to why exercise and variety of exercise is important.
As health practitioners, when we engage with strengthening based exercises, we are looking to improve your muscle mass, bone density, flexibility, balance-based exercises aid in overall general health.  Addressing bone density-based exercises such as weightlifting and load based exercises are very important in reducing the effects of osteoporosis. Stretching based exercises aim to improve your flexibility and range of motion, balance exercises can improve your stability and coordination, and aerobic exercises can improve your cardiovascular and respiratory function.

Some of the main reasons for variety in exercise are as follows.

  1. Injury Prevention: Performing the same exercises repeatedly can often lead to overuse injuries. These injuries occur when the same set of muscles, tendons, and joints are stressed repeatedly without adequate time for recovery.
  2. Balanced Muscle Development: Different exercises target different muscle groups. By varying your exercises, you can ensure an on overall balanced muscle growth across your body.
  3. Joint Health: If you repetitively exercise using the same exercise or same routine, you can place excessive strain on joints. Variety will allow you to distribute the load across various joints, muscles and tendons which will aid in reducing the risk of joint wear and tear.
  4. Psychological Benefits and exercise burnout: Our bodies are not dissimilar to our minds. We need constant change and are engaged with different stimuli. When it comes to exercise, repeatedly doing the same exercise can become monotonous, leading to decreased motivation. Introducing variety keeps workouts interesting and mentally engaging.
  5. Overcoming Plateaus: Over time, the body adapts to the same sets of exercises performed without a change. This can lead to fitness plateaus, so by introducing new exercises, you are providing the body with a new challenge, thus avoiding exercise stagnation.
  6. Injury Rehabilitation: During the rehabilitation of an injury, variety is an essential part of this process. By utilising a variety of exercises, this helps target specific movements and promote recovery by addressing the injury in all planes of movement. This reduces the chance of the initial injury reoccurring.
  7. Posture and spinal alignment. This is our bread and butter when it comes to variety and incorporating our clinical exercise program. Utilising a variety of exercises can address postural issues by strengthening weak muscles and improving posture, at the same time reducing the further risk of musculoskeletal injuries.
In summary, variety in exercise is essential for maintaining physical health, preventing injuries, and ensuring a well-rounded health and wellness routine. From a clinical exercise and personal clinical perspective, variety helps address and prevent a wide range of musculoskeletal issues and promotes overall well-being. At MD Health we take a deliberate approach by regularly training of our staff in the latest therapies and techniques that enhances the client experience. This ensures our clients receive a wide range of exercise approaches that are directly tailored for their individual goals and varying physical states.


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