The media seems to categorize exercise into three different categories:strength training/weight lifting, cardio, and yoga. While these three are the most common, andvarious types of exercise programs can fall into any one of these, fitnesstrainers and physicians have been promoting a new “category” of exercises thatbenefit any member of the population.
Functional Training has been defined as any type of exercise that has adirect relationship to activities one performs in their daily lives, and thistype of training has many researching the benefits and how they can mimic thesemovements in the gym environment.
This type of training has been around for years, and is designed forathletes and recreational exercisers alike. Whether a person runs marathons regularly, or is a homemaker looking formore efficient ways to carry children from place to place without injury,functional training can assist in the everyday movements of life. Physical therapists coined the term andsubsequently developed exercises which mimicked with their patients did at homethat first caused an injury. By trainingpatients how to properly form these repetitive everyday movements, therapistsnot only noticed overall strength improved, but patients showed more bodyawareness and attention to the other movements they made every day and made aneffort to strengthen those as well.
By training more functionally, exercisers are not only gaining strengthand improving healthy, they are improving balance and range of motion that assistthem with movement inside and outside the gym or training facility.
Some examples of functional training moves include squats, with orwithout added shoulder movements for upper body strength, bicep curls to helpwith lifting grocery bags or any other objects, and wood chopper movements totone and strengthen the core and back.
When organizing and arranging a fitness routine, be sure to include someof these movements and experience not only an increase in overall strength, butan easier time performing everyday tasks associated with living.
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