Functional movement is a type of exercise that focuses on movements that mimic everyday activities, such as squatting, bending, lifting, pushing, and pulling. The goal of functional movement is to improve overall strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility, while also reducing the risk of injury and improving overall quality of life.
There are many benefits to incorporating functional movement into your exercise routine. Here are a few of the most significant benefits:
- Improved mobility and flexibility: Functional movements often require a wide range of motion, which can help to improve your flexibility and mobility. Over time, this can help to reduce stiffness and increase your overall range of motion, making it easier to perform everyday tasks and preventing injuries.
- Increased strength and muscle mass: Functional movements use multiple muscle groups at once, which can help to increase overall strength and muscle mass. This can also help to improve your posture and reduce your risk of injuries, such as back pain.
- Improved balance and coordination: Many functional movements require a high degree of balance and coordination, which can help to improve your overall balance and coordination. This can be especially important for older adults who may be at a higher risk of falls.
- Reduced risk of injury: By focusing on movements that mimic everyday activities, functional movement can help to reduce the risk of injuries. This is because functional movements help to strengthen the muscles and joints that are used most frequently, reducing the risk of strains, sprains, and other injuries.
- Increased overall fitness: Functional movement can be a highly effective way to improve overall fitness, as it combines strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and flexibility training into one workout. This can help to improve your endurance, reduce your risk of chronic diseases, and improve your overall quality of life.
Incorporating functional movement into your exercise routine can be easy and fun. Some common functional movements include squats, lunges, deadlifts, push-ups, pull-ups, and planks. At The Health Studio we offer TRX classes as a form of functional strength training.
Functional movement is a highly effective way to improve your overall fitness and quality of life. By focusing on movements that mimic everyday activities, functional movement can help to strengthen your muscles, increase your flexibility and mobility, and reduce your risk of injury, all while helping you achieve your fitness goals.