When most people think of “fitness,” they might picture lifting heavy weights, running mile after mile, or participating in an aerobics class full of high-energy participants. But the fact is that promoting fitness can be much simpler (and involve much less exertion) while giving your body plenty of those activity benefits.
In addition to helping maintain general health and a sense of well-being, focusing on functional fitness can help seniors and older adults keep a sense of independence by being able to continue performing basic tasks like making the bed, washing the dishes, fastening a seatbelt, and more.
If you or a loved one is concerned about losing mobility, flexibility, or balance, here are three tips for incorporating functional fitness goals into your daily routine.
Most people don’t necessarily need to be able to do ten pushups in a row. But the strength that pushups help create can be important for daily activities like getting out of bed on your own, putting away the groceries, opening windows in the spring, or picking up your grandchildren.
When it comes to incorporating movement or exercise into your routine, remember what those actions are helping you be able to do each and every day.
The phrase “use it or lose it” is popular because when it comes down to it, it’s true! The longer someone is inactive, the harder it can be to bounce back. And with more and more Americans falling into a sedentary lifestyle, it might take some extra dedication to ensure you can maintain your range of motion and keep your strength going strong.
That’s why committing even just 15 or 30 minutes each day to walking, stretching, and performing strength exercises can make a world of difference in how your body feels.
While so much about functional fitness is related to how you feel physically, maintaining an active lifestyle also does wonderful things for your emotional health and general well-being. Study after study has shown how regular exercise can help promote mental health by boosting mood, reducing depression, and even curbing the likelihood for experiencing dementia or other cognitive issues.
If you want to focus on your overall health, making sure you’re staying active is one of the best things you can do.
Ready to get started? Pris Young has some short videos that can help you improve your quality of life through simple functional fitness exercises and tips.