Functional Fitness Pushups

If you are a fitness enthusiast, the chances are high that you might have heard about functional training. But what does it mean?

Simply put, functional exercise implies exercising your body for everyday tasks, making your daily movement not only relatively safe but easier as well. When you take part in functional exercise, you basically train your body for tasks such as carrying groceries, trekking, being mobile on the ground, fighting off wild animals, and other similar activities.

It is worth noting that functional exercises are basically tailored toward achieving key specific objectives, including enhancing strength, flexibility as well as stability or balance needed to navigate our physical world and its objects.

This is usually achieved through the replication and practicing of movements needed in the actual world such as running, bending, pulling, squatting as well as climbing. As you may have guessed, when it comes to functional movement, we focus on natural body motions such as pull-ups over machine-based workouts such as leg presses. Below is the explanation:

In your daily life, you’ll rarely become involved in an activity that forces you to lift a heavy item or object from the ground, lift the same item over your head, such as putting your travel bag into the overhead bin on an airplane. And this is the primary reason why you are highly encouraged to lift free weights as opposed to machines. To be more precise, free weights encourage you to control and also balance objects as you would normally do.

Another important factor to take into account in functional training is compound workouts. Just as the name implies, compound exercises involve at least two groups of muscles working holistically for the workout. They include pull-ups and squats and mimic the way your body moves in the real world. As you can see, they are not similar to isolation workouts such as biceps curls. As you may have guessed, bicep curls would only work your biceps ONLY, moving them in one specific direction.

Bearing in mind that functional training aims to boost your body’s ability to function as a single unit, you are highly advised to engage in compound workouts.

A comparison between jogging on an elliptical and engaging in a relatively short hike:

These two types of workouts will increase your heart rate. However, hiking will challenge both your stability and balance, especially when moving over bumpy terrain. On the other hand, elliptical training guarantees repetitive movement continuously.

And while there is clearly a time and a place for both sets of training techniques, you are highly advised to take part in different times of training, particularly if your main aim is to develop all-around functional health fitness.

Best functional fitness workouts:

  • Squats: Bodyweight squats are a fantastic way to begin your functional fitness journey. And once you become comfortable with a standard bodyweight squat, you can move to the next step, slowly incorporating weight into your squat training regimen.
  • Deadlifts: Taking a kid to her/his bed to sleep, grabbing a bag of fertilizer off the ground, and moving heavy objects are typical deadlift examples.
  • Push-ups: These can be quite easy to undertake, and you can include some variations to level them up, especially if you want a more dynamic workout.

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