What is Functional Fitness?

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Functional fitness is a type of exercise that focuses on improving the body’s ability to perform everyday activities and movements with greater ease and efficiency. This type of training involves using exercises that mimic or enhance movements used in daily life, such as squatting, lifting, pushing, pulling, and rotating.

By undertaking movement that incorporates multiple muscle groups simultaneously and emphasising core stability and balance, you can improve your functional fitness which will, in turn, create more ease in undertaking everyday activities like carrying groceries or climbing stairs.

Particularly beneficial for older adults or individuals with physical limitations, functional fitness exercises can help to maintain or improve mobility, flexibility, and strength, while also preventing or managing chronic conditions like arthritis and back pain.

What is body weight resistance training and how can we benefit from it?

Body weight resistance training is a type of exercise that uses the weight of your own body to build strength, endurance, and flexibility.   Through functional fitness movements such as push-ups, squats, lunges, planks and dips, you use your own body to help build your overall strength and fitness.

One of the main benefits of body weight resistance training is that it requires minimal equipment, making it an inexpensive and convenient way to exercise. This type of training can be done virtually anywhere and your style of exercise can be easily modified to suit your fitness level, making it an ideal  option for people of all ages and abilities.

Through the activation of multiple muscle groups simultaneously, body weight resistance training can also help to improve your balance, coordination, and flexibility.  A flow on effect is improved cardiovascular health and improved bone density as you build your strength with minimal impact.

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