Movements You Should Avoid: Repetition
This week, we have been talking all about the movements your should be avoiding in your exercise routine! These may be movements that put you at an increased risk of injury or movements that don't have a great return on your investment of time and energy.
Today, I want to talk about repetitive movements. These are movements like running, biking, swimming and other movements that are performed over and over and over and over and over....
While these movements and exercises are really great, the problem becomes when you don't vary their performance. When you constantly do the same movement, your body receives a micro trauma in the same way. Since it is a microtrauma, a little bit is going to improve you and make you stronger.
However, these microtraumas add up. They put your body at an increased risk of more serious injury. These injuries look like prolonged and nagging knee, shoulder or hip pain.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with these movements, they should be varied to receive the maximum benefit and prevent injury. To vary these types of activities, consider performing them for shorter duration, but with more intensity (run for 2 miles instead of 3, but run it at a faster pace), adding other movements in (dryland training instead of swimming daily), or adding stretching or prehab activities instead of another day of monostructural movements (yoga or corrective/preventive exercises instead of 50 mile bike ride).
Making decisions like these will help to minimize your risk of injury, allowing you to train better and harder to accomplish your goals! Additionally, it may offer you an opportunity to enjoy your workouts more!
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