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The importance of consistency with exercise: A Physiotherapy Perspective

The importance of consistency with exercise: A Physiotherapy Perspective

Being a Physiotherapist in private practice for 15 years I have come across overuse injuries too often, it relly emphasizes The importance of consistency with exercise. Most of the time overuse injuries occur when there is change in a patient’s exercise routine such as if a patient has not been exercising, takes an extended break from exercise or starts a new form of exercise. They then go from zero to hero and begin with the maximum number of repetitions, weight or duration they can possibly do instead of gradually building up to this level. This almost always results in injury as the muscles and tendons are not yet strong enough to withstand the sudden increase in load. The trick is to pick an exercise you will enjoy and aim for a realistic, sustainable frequency and duration that you can maintain throughout the year. Typically I see great enthusiasm in the beginning of the year and by mid year this spike in enthusiasm has dropped to almost no desire whatsoever to exercise and towards the end of the year patients become convicted to go back to exercise and so the cycle starts all over again.
When you have an unavoidable break from exercise or if you start a new sport or activity it is essential to very gradually return to or get into that new form of exercise and resist the temptation to do too much too soon again The importance of consistency with exercise. 
Overuse injuries take time to heal and this sets you back in your progress towards fitness. It is far better to exercise 3 or 4 times a week all year round than 6 times a week for 3 months of the year. In order to avoid injury, be realistic about your capabilities, current fitness levels and strength. The importance of consistency with exercise It is important to go according to YOUR body and not pressure from others. If you consistently exercise and gradually increase how much you do, then you will be ahead in the long run and avoid unnecessary pain and injury The importance of consistency with exercise.

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The importance of consistency with exercise

 

Being a Physiotherapist in private practice for 15 years I have come across overuse injuries too often. Most of the time overuse injuries occur when there is change in a patient’s exercise routine such as if a patient has not been exercising, takes an extended break from exercise or starts a new form of exercise.

They then go from zero to hero and begin with the maximum number of repetitions, weight or duration they can possibly do instead of gradually building up to this level.

This almost always results in injury as the muscles and tendons are not yet strong enough to withstand the sudden increase in load. The trick is to pick an exercise you will enjoy and aim for a realistic, sustainable frequency and duration that you can maintain throughout the year.

Typically I see great enthusiasm in the beginning of the year and by mid year this spike in enthusiasm has dropped to almost no desire whatsoever to exercise and towards the end of the year patients become convicted to go back to exercise and so the cycle starts all over again. When you have an unavoidable break from exercise or if you start a new sport or activity it is essential to very gradually return to or get into that new form of exercise and resist the temptation to do too much too soon.

Overuse injuries take time to heal and this sets you back in your progress towards fitness. It is far better to exercise 3 or 4 times a week all year round than 6 times a week for 3 months of the year. In order to avoid injury, be realistic about your capabilities, current fitness levels and strength. It is important to go according to YOUR body and not pressure from others. If you consistently exercise and gradually increase how much you do, then you will be ahead in the long run and avoid unnecessary pain and injury.

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