A BRIEF GUIDE TO FUNCTIONAL FITNESS

By GIVES

Every time we hear the word ‘Fitness’ our mind jogs back to a room filled with heavy equipment, people exercising to the core along with some energetic beats being played in the background. For some of you, the gym is like a religious place where you certainly go to worship your body. And others might be least interested in doing this rather they would prefer to be a couch potato in bed munching on their favourite snacks all day long. 

Whether you like going to the gym or not, fitness should always be given a priority. During this pandemic period, when every gym and fitness park is closed, it’s quite disheartening for all the fitness freaks out there who miss on their rigid workout routine.

There is a new term floating around social media known as ‘Functional fitness’. Let’s take you through what this actually means, When some sort of training is provided to the body in order to perform daily activities efficiently, it refers to functional fitness. This trending exercise program is most beneficial when a person has to recover from injury, then he/ she is made to exercise similar to the movement required in carrying out daily tasks like lifting heavy objects, getting up from the ground, etc. Functional fitness is focused on building the body’s strength of doing real-life activities with better posture and ease.

 In simple words, functional fitness is designed to prepare a person for a function, implying that this training is not just casual but is backed with a purpose. Functional fitness is an exercise that helps you with everyday activities, like;

 

  • Getting up from the floor 
  • Carrying heavy objects 
  • Putting something up on a self 
  • Running up a floor without getting out of breath

 

 

ORIGIN OF FUNCTIONAL FITNESS: 

The roots of functional fitness are connected with the rehabilitation centres where physical and occupational therapists treated the patients after an injury, by helping them perform a set of exercises to make their task easier. With a consistent goal of functional independence, the therapist focuses on training patients with much strength and vigour. To help the patients get back to their lives or jobs, exercise relevant to their work is included. For instance, the training for a marathon runner would be focused solely on building strength and endurance. Therefore, a training program is framed after assessing the patient’s needs or certain goals that they want to accomplish.

Below are the important benefits of a functional fitness program:

  • Improves coordination and balance
  • Brings awareness in the body 
  • Improves work efficiency 
  • Enables smooth muscle movement 
  • Keeps you active and healthy
  • Gets you the right posture

 

The crux of functional fitness is in the word itself, that says fitness for a function or a purpose. So, when fitness is aimed at with the achievement of a fixed goal, results are often tremendous. Patients recover from deadly injuries after taking such training programs, ranging from amateur to intense. The concept of functional fitness is still unknown to many of those who haven’t gone through any serious injury or pain anywhere in the body. The mantra of functional training is, ‘ to heal, relax and be fit again’.The trainers follow the same and assist the patients in adapting to the same old lifestyle through the training.

 

 

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