Functional Strength Training exercises train your muscles in a way that will help prevent injuries while doing everyday activities safely and efficiently. In this type of training, you will engage your muscles in the upper and lower part of your body at the same time, while emphasizing core stability. The exercises simulate common movements you perform at work, home or while participating in sports.
We all know people who have complained of throwing out their back from making a sudden movement, lifting their child or carrying groceries. As we age, we become less flexible. In general, between the ages of 30-80, muscle mass and strength decreases 30-50%. Yet, less than 10% of adults do resistance training 2 or more times per week.
By performing resistance training, the exercises and movements will help you become stronger, more flexible, and agile; helping you become less injury-prone. Therefore, it is important to add functional strength training as part of your exercise program, however, you shouldn’t rely on any single group of exercises; functional strength training should serve as a supplement to traditional strength training, not as a replacement.
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Doing comprehensive physical movements such as in yoga, tai chi, multidirectional lunges, stair climbing with bicep curls, etc. involve the needed varying combinations of resistance and flexibility training that can help build functional fitness. Performing movements in the water is also a great low impact way of achieving functional exercise.
If you haven’t been actively exercising or have health issues, or are pregnant, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program. New to exercising? It may be a good idea to start with exercises that use only your own body weight for resistance. Then as you become more fit, you will be ready for more challenges and you can then add more resistance with weights or resistance tubing.
At Forward Thinking Fitness, our instructors will help you get started. You’ll see improvements in your ability to perform your everyday activities and in your quality of life. What a fantastic return on your exercise investment.
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