Functional Fitness: What Is It & Why It’s Important

The human body is designed to move efficiently to do daily activities. As we age, or due to injuries or disabilities, it can be harder to do things like putting groceries away or getting up off the floor. Incorporating functional fitness exercises into your daily routine can significantly improve your quality of life, ensuring you can continue moving independently for longer.

What is Functional Fitness?

Functional fitness is a type of training that prepares the body for real-life movements and daily activities. Movements such as squatting, reaching, pulling, and lifting will be easier with functional fitness integrated into your exercise routine. Functional fitness is also a good way to combat restlessness and keep your body moving. Functional fitness can help you do everyday things such as:

  • Getting up off the floor
  • Carrying heavy objects
  • Picking up objects
  • Climbing stairs
  • Carrying groceries

Benefits of Functional Fitness

You can significantly reduce your risk of injury by strengthening the muscles you use every day for daily tasks. You can go throughout your day without worrying about straining or pulling something by incorporating functional fitness. Here are five benefits of functional fitness:

Improved Balance & Coordination

Functional exercises challenge your body to move in different directions and planes of motion, which can help improve your balance and coordination. Strengthening and challenging your body with functional fitness can help prevent injuries, such as sprains and strains.

Reduce Risk of Injury

Functional training helps to strengthen the muscles, connective tissues, and ligament strength that support your joints and other areas susceptible to injury. Functional movements help prevent falls and injuries such as sprains and breaks.

Improve Body Composition

So many athletes and dancers have lean and fit bodies because they are performing movements that use their entire body. Functional training uses multiple muscle groups simultaneously, which could help develop a leaner, more athletic-looking physique.

Increase Strength & Power

Functional fitness helps increase lean muscle mass and allows muscles to work together and generate more power and force behind your movements. You’ll have a higher fitness level, burn more calories, and improve athletic performance.

Better Quality of Life

Functional fitness helps your body perform everyday movements such as pulling, reaching, stepping, walking, and carrying objects more efficiently. You’ll also be able to sleep better at night and have more energy throughout the day!

Types of Functional Movements

Functional exercises simulate everyday movements that you do in life, such as sitting down and getting up from a chair, carrying groceries, picking up objects, and walking on different inclines. Examples of functional fitness exercises include:

  • Squats (Getting up from a chair)
  • Lunges (Getting off the floor)
  • Step Ups (Climbing stairs)
  • Deadlifts (Moving heavy objects)
  • Pushups (Getting off the floor)
  • Dumbbell Rows (Pulling objects from your trunk)

Learn Functional Fitness at WCS!

Here at West Coast Strength, we have many qualified trainers with different training preferences. Some of our excellent trainers help people improve their quality of life through functional training, and they can help you, too. Sign up for a membership and get TWO free personal training sessions today!

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