Is Functional Training Right For You?

Finding balance through fitnessI used to train for performance. Now, at age 50, I exercise so that I can continue to do the things that I enjoy and to keep my good health as long as possible. Although I can’t say with certainty that regular exercise will extend your life (my Polish grandmother lived until 85 and her only exercise was making pierogi!), I am convinced it will improve the quality of your life. Here is a helpful article from the Mayo Clinic on the many benefits of “Functional Exercise“.

As the article nicely states, functional exercises “are designed to train and develop your muscles to make it easier and safer to perform everyday activities, such as carrying groceries or playing a game of basketball with your kids.” Although these exercises are obviously ideal for non-athletes and those in rehab, functional training has become a buzzword in the sports gyms across America. Should functional training be adopted into your daily workout routine? While there are more technical articles on the subject, this is a great overview that will let you know if functional fitness training is right for you.


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