Being functional is a gift that should be cherished by everyone as we all are born to be functional. Our bodies have been programmed in this manner and we should work towards maintaining our range of motion and natural body postures.
|| Minakshi Chaturvedi
In the world of gyms, weights and stress people have forgotten to be functional and use their bodies in the best possible ways. Being functional is a good way to keep fit throughout the day and for the rest of your life. Our long forgotten squats should be back in practice and should be used more often – be it while eating, watching TV or in todays scenario while playing games especially when it comes to our little ones.
These days children have lost out on flexibility due to various reasons and their bodies are way less functional and flexiblethan they should be. Parents must encourage their kids to play outdoor sports and games of their choice with lesser stress on workout or exercise regime.
Functional Fitness programs increase the ease of everyday movement and not only have low impact but also are easy on your joints. Functional training increases flexibility, coordination, balance and posture. It also helps you with your joint pain and at the same time reduce the risk of injury.
The beauty of Functional workout is that it can be done anytime and anywhere using only your body weight. If done right it can work like magic, get you your desired results be it weight loss, toning or strength. Core stability and body balance go hand in hand when comes to maintaining correct posture and living an injury free life. All these fitness aspects can be achieved with functional fitness regime right within your comfort zone.
This fitness vertical should be practised by all age groups but under a qualified coach and with your practitioner’s consent in case of any medical history or injuries. Various body balancing equipments can be used to achieve advanced results and with varied movements to avoid hitting a plateau. Functional training paired with a proper and balanced diet will work wonders for you in achieving your goals.
So, next time you are tired of your same old gym routine or want to take a break from work stress or just simply want to have fun, just hit your nearby community park and just be functional !!