Fitness that’s Functional

Have you ever heard the term “functional fitness” and wondered what it was?

“The key to functional exercise is integration. It’s about teaching all the muscles to work together rather than isolating them to work independently.”

Functional fitness training involves exercises that train your muscles to work together; preparing them for daily tasks by imitating the common movements you would perform at home, work, or in sports. Utilizing both upper and lower body muscles at the same time, functional fitness exercises emphasize core stability. Through functional fitness training, your muscles are trained to help improve your performance in everyday situations.

Some benefits of functional fitness are:

  • Better balance
  • Improved posture
  • More coordination
  • Increased functional strength
  • Increased sports performance
  • More ease with everyday activities
  • Decreased chance of injury in athletics and in daily life

A few examples of function fitness exercises are the burpee, squat, and Turkish get-up. These exercises can be done at home or at the gym.

Burpee

burpee

Squat

squat

Turkish Get-Up

turkish-get-up

 

References
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/functional-fitness/art-20047680
http://www.organicauthority.com/is-functional-fitness-best-workout-ever
http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/working-out-for-real-life-functions#1
http://www.askthetrainer.com/functional-training-exercises-for-beginners/