What is “Functional Exercise”?

What is “Functional Exercise”? Image

The term functional exercise  refers to  movements that mimic everyday activities.  That is, an exercise that trains your muscles to work together and prepares them for the tasks we do each day. Functional exercises simulate common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. Squats for example, are a similar movement to lowering your bottom onto a stool to sit down.

While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, functional exercises also emphasise core stability.

single leg romanian squat

You may think of exercise as something that you only do to maintain your weight. Or to keep your heart and lungs healthy.

But exercising is also important to keep you functioning well throughout your day. You need strength and motor skills to perform these activities.

Carrying a fully laden washing basket to the clothes line. Digging a hole for that new magnolia plant. Lifting your groceries out of your car boot. These are all ordinary activities of daily living. Your ability to be able to perform such ordinary activities with less effort is known as functional fitness. Programs to help people stay functionally fit are now one of the  top fitness trends, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.

Functional exercise is prominent throughout the Physio on a Roll  program.

These exercises  are complex, often challenging, but have been modified in some cases, to suit both beginner and advanced exercise routines. They are ultimately about training your body to move correctly in a pain free, efficient manner, every day.

twisting in a sustained lunge


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