One fashionable way of exercising is to constantly change what we do - the type of exercises, how many of each one we do, the frequency of when we do it, and the duration of the session.
However, when we do this our bodies never quite adapt to what we are doing. Often we are onto something new before we have had the chance to master the exercise, let alone get better at it.
Without mastering the technique, our bodies are not gaining all the benefits of the exercise. For example, if my technique is not as good as it could be, I may not be using the muscles and joints in the correct way, and potentially putting unnecessary strain on my body.
The reason that I like to have consistency in exercise sessions is because we practise and improve. Generally, if we understand the technique cues correctly, then we will be better at an exercise the second time we perform it compared to the first time. And, the third time we will be even better than the second time, and so on.
This is especially true when it comes to becoming stronger - the muscles being used need to contract a certain way each time over a period of weeks and months for them to become stronger. This is simply called progression.
Also, improvement from repetition is a key factor in improving balance. Balance comes from being stronger, practising our balance exercises over time, in a number of ways (there is much more to balance than standing on one leg) and gaining confidence (which usually grows from improving your balance).
The more often an exercise is repeated, the better we become at it. Once we have mastered an exercise, then is the time to look for safe variations to once again challenge our bodies and minds.
I hope this explains exercise repetition and progression for you. If you've got any questions about the information in this post, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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