Functional Fitness: Training for Life
Do you live to exercise or do you exercise to live?
There are two kinds of people: those who take multiple trips to carry their groceries, and those who are determined to carry them all at once. If you’re like most, you’ll huff and puff with ten bags in your hands just to avoid the extra trip.
Why not make it easier for yourself? Build strength and stamina to accomplish daily activities with ease through functional fitness.
What is functional fitness?
Functional exercises mimic the motions you make every day, training your muscles to help you accomplish daily activities both safely and efficiently. As TRX puts it, “exercise to simply improve the way you move throughout the world.”
Whenever you reach to grab something off a high shelf, run around with your kids, or bend down to clean up after your dog you are utilizing your body’s coordination, strength, and agility. Functional training helps you improve these physical components and decrease risk of injury by working multiple muscles at the same time. It’s a full-body workout tailored to your lifestyle.
You might especially benefit from this type of training if you are pregnant, recovering from injury, training for a specific sport, or aging gracefully. As your body adjusts to new physical boundaries and methods of movement, you need to train accordingly and redistribute your strength!
Functional exercises to try
- Squats: how many times do you sit down each day? (Probably too many.) Strengthen your glutes, legs, and core to help you stand up strongly from a chair or car seat. Proper squat form requires total body engagement, balance, and focus. Not only will you increase muscle, but you’ll tone your glutes, increase stability, and improve your athletic performance.
- Single leg stands, back leg raises, and standing quad stretches: balance is an often overlooked but vital component to wellness. Grab a chair and use it for support while you perform these balance exercises to strengthen your legs, core, and total body. Finding your balance will improve your overall fitness, aid you as you age, and help you perfect your subway power stance.
- Lunges: spring is just around the corner! Prepare your body for the rigorous activities of gardening season with this forward stretch. Lunges strengthen your legs and glutes, deepen flexibility, and improve core strength. You’ll be stretched and ready for lifting, raking, and weeding galore.
- Dumbbell rows: build forearm and back strength to assist you when you’re lifting a child, moving heavy boxes, or wearing a heavy backpack.
- Bicep curls and stair climbers: if climbing the stairs wears you out, you’re not alone. Tone your legs and strengthen your arms for carrying heavy loads up and down. You’ll be carrying those groceries with ease in no time!
Functional training helps you stay fit all year long, not just for a specific event or activity. Our team of personal trainers and fitness professionals is here to help you find the best training style for you and your goals. Train for life!