Functional Fitness

ThinkstockPhotos-78805084Functional fitness is one of the top ten fitness trends for 2016, as identified by the American College of Sports Medicine. Functional fitness is defined as using strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance to make it easier and safer for one to perform everyday activities, such as carrying groceries or playing a game of basketball with your kids. Functional fitness movements are often seen in exercise programs for older adults, but anyone can benefit from these exercises.

Tai chi and Pilates often involve varying combinations of resistance and flexibility training that can help build functional fitness. Below are some specific functional fitness movements that you can try at home:

Squat – www.acefitness.org/acefit/exercise-library-details/0/135/

Multidirectional lunges – www.acefitness.org/acefit/exercise-library-details/0/94/

Seated bicep curls – www.acefitness.org/acefit/exercise-library-details/2/44/

Step-ups with weights – www.acefitness.org/acefit/exercise-library-details/0/28/

After adding more functional exercises to your workout, you should notice improvements in your ability to perform everyday activities, leading to an increased quality of life. Find additional resources by searching the exercise library at www.acefitness.org/acefit/exercise-library-main/.

Source: journals.lww.com/acsm-healthfitness/Fulltext/2015/11000/WORLDWIDE_SURVEY_OF_FITNESS_TRENDS_FOR_2016__10th.5.aspx

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