Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Functional Exercises - Working out for Real Life Functions

Do you live to workout? Unless you are an athlete or a little crazy like me, you probably answered 'no' to that question. Most people would say they exercise to improve their quality and longevity of life.

Functional fitness refers to exercise that simulates real-life activities. They train and develop your muscles to make it easier and safer for you to perform everyday activities. These exercises simulate common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports (pushing, pulling, climbing, walking, jumping, twisting and turning).

Muscles are designed to work together. Compound exercises best emulate “real life”. They use a wide variety of movements through a wide range of motion. Compound/functional exercises include: squat, deadlift, bench press, shoulder/overhead presses, dips and rows See previous blog entry on compound movements.

To make life a little bit easier, we need to work on strength, flexibility and agility that will carry over into our daily activities.

Stay tuned...

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