For many people, exercising is a method to help improve their quality of life. That could mean improved mental health, improved muscle mass, or improvements in achieving daily tasks. Functional fitness training focuses on the last point, training and developing muscles that make it easier to carry out activities like lifting heavy objects or playing a game of football. You can find many athletes applying aspects of functional training in their workout routines at the gym, but what are the benefits of exercising specifically with functional training in mind?
You may have thought it would be relaxing to take your whole day off sitting or laying down, only to feel stressed out by the evening. Part of this is because our bodies are meant to move around. Less movement means less blood flow, so not as many rewarding hormones are running through your brain. Moving less also puts you at more risk for diabetes, since your body ends up using a lower amount of blood sugar than it should. Functional training exercises revolve around you improving your movement patterns, instead of strengthening isolated parts of your body.
An excellent functional training routine practices your mobility, flexibility, and strength in equal measures. A careful balance can stay challenging while building up to a stronger, healthier body. You most likely have often heard of the “Core” for many fitness workouts. Your core is a combination of muscles in the front, back, and side areas around your midsection. The core’s primary purpose is to help keep your spine stable against external forces. Many functional training routines put more demand on your core than the majority of other fitness programs, providing you that extra strength needed to achieve daily tasks.
Those who have to sit down eight hours a day for work tend to keep their spines in an unnatural position. This poor posture may cause the spine to bend or curl, leading to a hunched back, misaligned shoulders, forward leaning neck, or several other positions that don’t indicate a healthy spine. Because functional training helps improve the core, the abdominal muscles at your midsection grow stronger, helping you prevent your spine from bending due to sitting for extended hours.
There is no one-size-fits-all method for fitness. Every person will have their unique workout that applies to them. If you are interested in learning how functional training can apply to your fitness goals, try a free week with us at our Fort Lauderdale facility!