So first, what is functional fitness? The Mayo Clinic define it as “exercises that train your muscles to help you do everyday activities safely and efficiently”. Who couldn’t use a little more efficiency in their lives particularly as it pertains to exercise given the most common reason for not exercising is lack of time. Read on and see what functional fitness can do for you.
Functional fitness prepares the body for real life movements and activities, the easier it is to do the everyday activities we all do daily, the less stressed we are and the more confident we are about our abilities. This is particularly relevant for those of us over 50 for all the reasons I talked about in my previous blog.
Now let’s explore what functional fitness is. It trains your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movement you might do at home, at work or in sports. The bonus is that by using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, functional fitness also emphasizes core stability which is important for balance. There are 5 key movements that we focus on. They are pushing as you would a revolving door, pulling as you would when opening a door, lifting as you when carrying groceries, twisting as we do when we get in and out of the car and reaching up as we do when looking for that hidden stash of cookies on the top shelf.
As an example, a squat is a functional exercise because it trains the muscles used when you rise and down from a chair or pick up low objects. Now you might be saying I squat everyday just getting up and down isn’t that exercise? Yes, it is however it is probably exercise being done incorrectly. There is a right way and a wrong way to get out of a chair. The picture below shows the right way. Is that how you get up from a chair or are you leaning more forward using momentum to eject you out?
What are the benefits of Functional Fitness?
- Improves everyday life: Fitness experts have proven that by improving the overall function of your body, boosting muscle strength and endurance, and developing muscle and body stability, everyday activities can be completed with ease. every day.” In addition, functional fitness improves overall quality of life due to the stress relief factor.
- Greater muscle memory: By performing regular functional fitness exercises you are not just building muscle and core strength but exercising the brain too – effectively boosting your brain’s memory.
- Increased mobility: Functional fitness helps to improve balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle strength, and agility. All these components will leave you more mobile, which in turn helps with your day-to-day life.
- Improves balance and posture: Since functional fitness is all about fitness the body to make the muscles work together instead of targeted fitness, overall strength and balance will improve. Fitness the muscles to manage weight properly will also reduce stress on the body. In turn, posture will be improved.
- Reduced risk of injury: By mimicking the movements done in everyday life, the body is more likely to be able to withstand stressors. Functional fitness encourages muscle and ligament strength, which are the areas that are highly susceptible to injury.
- This type of fitness is usually more fun than others since you are essentially fitness for your everyday life.
If you think Functional fitness is for you contact me for a free consultation.