Why do we exercise? The easy answer of course is to stay healthy and gain strength. Beyond that though, shouldn’t all that time in the gym benefit our daily lives in more specific and practical ways? We think so, which is why we were curious to learn more about the growing trend of functional fitness.
According to Mayo Clinic, “functional fitness... trains your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. In other words, the exercise itself is not the end goal but rather the byproduct of practical activities. So, instead of lifting weights ala Arnold Schwarzenegger at Gold’s Gym, functional fitness fans can be found running, jumping, lunging, crawling and climbing.
Intriguing, no? Functional fitness has also proven beneficial in preventing everyday injuries by bridging the gap between personal training and physical therapy. According to biomechanics expert Katy Santiago, M.S.,“functional fitness can “restore yourself back to how you were designed to move.”
- http://life.gaiam.com/article/functional-fitness-101-workout-therapy-hybrid-what-you-need via Gaiam Life
- http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/functional-fitness/art-20047680 via Mayoclinic
- http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/the-super-fun-new-fitness-trend via Women’s Health Magazine