We ALL know injuries during exercise are a part of life, it happens!
But how many times have you heard somebody say they tweaked their back picking their dog up? Or got a knee injury walking up and down stairs at home. Injuries from daily activities happen far too often than we like to admit.
In comes, Functional Training!
Functional training is defined as: “Training to attempt to replicate the demands of real life activities”
Most people exercise because they want to:
1. Lose weight
2. Maintain their weight
3. Tone up
4. Build muscle
5. Relieve stress
Now, obviously, those are great reasons to exercise, but some people exercise simply to improve the way they move throughout the world.
As busy humans, we use basic functional movement patterns like pushing, hinging, squatting, rotating, carrying and “gait patterns” such as walking and running - every day.
Functional training utilizes exercises that improve your movement patterns to improve that day to day grind, plus remain healthy!
A functional workout typically has compounded movements such as: squats, deadlifts, lunges, pushups and pull-ups. Just to name a few. Implementing movements and require you to work muscle muscle groups at once.
Think about it, how often do you squat and lift something off the floor? Or lunge down to tie your shoe? You push open a door right?
See! It’s movement patterns that mimic our day to activities.
Functional training also improves coordination and balance, which are VERY key to remaining injury free.
Moving your body in a motion that engages multiple muscle groups at once require a certain level of coordination, focus and core strength.
The more you train functionally, the more apt you are at using your body as one system, ultimately making you stronger and injury free.
Regardless of your fitness journey and goals, I highly recommend adding functional movements into your routine.
We all want to live long and stay health, so get to it!