by Lisa Poole on Monday, June 15, 2015
What is the importance of functional fitness? Functional fitness is training your body to handle real-life situations. It is building a body capable of doing real-life activities in real-life positions, not just lifting a certain amount of weight in an idealized posture created by a gym machine. Functional fitness is all about building a stronger healthier you, so you can live and play without being in discomfort or pain.
Functional fitness differs from standard workouts: Rather than emphasizing a certain number of repetitions of each exercise, a functional fitness trainer will likely focus more on your level of effort, comfort, and improvement of any physical conditions or limitations. Functional fitness emphasizes working several areas of the body at once, rather than isolating a particular muscle or group of muscles, as with bicep curls.
Mobility loss and misalignment occur from daily repetitive movement and the aging process. Functional fitness has been shown to help with the aging-related loss of mobility. Studies have shown with functional fitness programs people have greater improvements in shoulder flexibility and strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, agility and balance than those who stuck with a traditional exercise program of walking and aerobic dance. Functional fitness regimen is also more an alternative to other treatment approaches for people with injuries or reduced mobility. Don’t wait for an injury to start a functional fitness or restorative exercise program.
Fitness and massage go hand in hand. Both make you more aware of your body and how it moves. Both can help correct poor movement patterns that cause those aches and pains. One benefit of coming to Peaceful Strength Massage Therapy is we share space with Kevin Burgess of Total Human Performance he will provide you with all the functional fitness you need.