Functional fitness is a word which gets tossed about a lot nowadays, but very few people know what it means. The definition of functional fitness seems to change from person to person. Here, we are assuming that the term applies to those who want to gain body strength in their life in a bid to improve their lives, rather than to lose weight or get ‘bulkier.’ This means that your gym workout routines are going to be a touch different from other routines you may engage in. Let’s look, shall we?
Controlling your balance
One of the best fitness training tips we can give you before you even so much as start lifting weights is to work on your overall body balance. There is no sense in lifting weights if you are unable to balance your body. Do the following:
- Stand on one leg
- Work on squats
- Use a chair to practice your balancing
- Use medicine balls to practice your balance
Honestly, for most people, controlling their balance is going to add a lot of change in their lives. They will have better posture, and they will have a whole lot less pain when they are doing some of the other techniques on this page.
Any general fitness training plan will tell you to work on strength training. After all, if you want to build up your muscles to keep you strong throughout your life, then you are going to need to do a small amount of strength training. Since you are not bulking up, you are probably not going to need to do that much. You don’t need to be lifting whopping great weights. You need to push yourself to your limit on occasion.
It is important that you do any strength training exercises correctly. This means that it is important that you watch fitness training videos online. This should give you a decent idea about what needs to be done so that you are safe.
Any exercises that you do will need to target the following:
When most people do functional fitness training, they tend not to focus on their legs too much. There is no need. Most people are going to be giving these a decent workout each day anyway simply through walking. The other areas tend not to get that much of a workout.
The brilliant thing about functional fitness training is that you do not need to use machine weights. It is recommended that you don’t as most machine weights are built to target very specific areas of your body. It is recommended that you use free weight lifting instead. This is something you can do in the comfort of your own home.
While cardiovascular exercise is not necessarily going to boost your strength, it will form a key part of your general fitness training, mostly because you need to get that blood and oxygen flowing through your body to make other exercises easier. Most people know what cardiovascular exercise is. It is, essentially, anything that gets you breathing hard and those muscles working. Good exercises are light jogging, cycling, or even a bit of swimming.