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Let’s face it…life is hectic! We all have a tendency to become creatures of habit…falling into a predictable routine, moving through the same motions, day in and day out. Don’t get us wrong, having a routine is fantastic! It keeps us organised, helps us form healthy habits and reduce stress! However…there are many benefits, physically and mentally to challenging ourselves to expand outside our norm.

We all know that regular exercise is imperative to promoting a healthy lifestyle and optimising our functioning every day. When it comes to exercise, there are many benefits to switching up your routine and trying different forms of movements. This may feel like it is outside of your comfort zone but rest assured not only your body, but your brain will absorb so many wonderful benefits from trying something new. 

At The Physio Clinic, we provide a fantastic space for all our clients to utilise our knowledge and clinical assessment to access and enjoy a tailored exercise program to reap all of the benefits in our Physio Exercise Classes (PEC). 

With the variety of equipment, individualised programs and Physiotherapist supervision in each class, there is no limit to what you can achieve and no shortage of opportunities to reach your goals, whether these be improvements in strength, endurance, rehabilitation, pain relief, balance, mobility…the list goes on and on! 

So, you must be wondering what all these benefits actually are. Let us tell you…

  1. Enhance your overall fitness level and build new muscles
    • Changing up your fitness regime is the key to stimulating different muscle groups and loading different body systems. Partaking in different activities ensures you are physically ready to take on anything life throws at you, having built a foundation of a strong heart, lungs, lower and upper body.
  2. Break through weight-loss plateau
    • Your body is very good at adapting to repeated activity and becoming efficient in what it’s doing. As a result, even if you are doing the same amount of exercise, over time you will find that you are burning less calories. The solution? You guessed it…switch it up! You will be challenging your body in a new way and thus you will be exerting more energy. The key here is to work smarter, not harder. 
  3. Prevent overuse injuries
    • Applying repetitive strain on your body can result in strain on your muscles, joints and ligaments, and can limit you from being able to participate in all the things you love. Changing your activity and recruiting different parts of the body allows these muscles that have been working under high demand to rest and recover. It also means that in the unfortunate instance you are injured, you can work a different set of muscles that will allow you to stay fit and healthy and recover at the same time. If you have a previous or current injury, or require modifications of any sort just let your instructor know! We are well trained to provide alternative exercise options so all our clients can get the most out of every class. 
  4. Keep your brain stimulated and prevent exercise boredom
    • Learning new skills and activities is imperative for keeping our brain sharp and preventing memory loss. Exercise that keeps you engaged not only promotes better brain health and memory, but also helps to turn off your autopilot and beat that workout boredom. The challenge to our memory and coordination offered in Barre and Pilates classes keeps your brain healthy by strengthening the connections between the neurons throughout your entire body so we can react and respond effectively. This one’s a double whammy of brilliant benefits! 
  5. Get excited about exercise and meet a new community of like-minded and passionate individuals!
    • Switching it up in our PEC classes means you will likely meet a whole new crew of awesome people who possess a similar set of values and goals in regard to their mental and physical health. Finding like-minded individuals who are prepared to put themselves first and commit to their health will make it so much easier for you on those days where you just want to hit “snooze” on your alarm and stay in bed. Making a commitment to better yourself and showing up even on the days where you don’t feel like it, remembering you’ve got a wonderful and supportive community around you means you are not only going to feel so proud of yourself for your efforts, but you are also going to have a lot of fun doing it as well!

So, there you have it! This is your sign to switch it up, book your consult with one of our physiotherapists and get started on your PEC journey! 

For more information or to book an appointment, please call The Physio Clinic on8342 1233. 

Written by Courtney Lehman |  Physiotherapist at Marryatville and Blackwood