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