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January 9, 2018

Functional Fitness & Why You Need It

What is Functional Fitness and why do I need it more than anything right now?

Functional training is a classification of exercise which involves training the body for the activities performed in daily life.

You need to be strengthening your muscles daily & stretching those same muscles to continue living a functional & healthy life. So, what prompted this blog is my wonderful mom. She is the Director of Wellness in Spring BranchISD and is leading a seminar on functional fitness today and asked me to describe what functional fitness meant to me. So, I brainstormed a little and thought, it’s actually really simple. What do you want to be able to do each day and can you do those things? Sure, maybe now you can, but what are you doing in your life that’s supporting proper movement so you can extend the years that you can do these things. I immediately start thinking about gardening and all of the movement that you need to do this pain free. Bending over, squatting, kneeling and pulling those darn weeds. Right now, I’m in month 3 of recovery from hip labrum repair arthroscopy surgery, and I can definitely not do any gardening, but I’m getting closer 🙂  I have been going to Physical Therapy 3 times/week to do my functional exercises to get me there some time this year (which is really exciting!). My functional movements have been extremely limited the past 3 months, unable to shower on my own, unable to shave my legs (big thank you to my mom for keeping my legs smooth when I had to go out in public!), couldn’t put socks or shoes on myself, couldn’t sit all the way down on the toilet without a hand rail, and the list continues. I saw how fast you can lose your strength and range of motion, and always want to train my body to be able to do what some people say are mundane tasks, like getting in and out of the car, or getting into the bath tub. I am in my late 20’s so I have gained my strength back pretty quickly, even though 3 months does not seem quick AT ALL! But, I can’t imagine being a little older when it is much harder to re-gain strength and range of motion. So, my point in all of this is to address the serious need for daily functional fitness. You never know when you are going to be limited, or lose your range of motion. Having some consistent training plan, will prep your body whenever that time comes (hopefully never for everyone) but realistically it could happen to any of us! It’s better to have something to work with then nothing and it’s better to start NOW then tomorrow. Not to get too philosophical, but this life is a gift and we should all be doing everything we can to enjoy it, take care of ourselves, and take care of our beautiful bodies. Even if you think you’re “not in shape” to “get in shape”- you need to let that go and just start. Start walking, take an easy yoga class, show up for a workout & do whatever you can! Just start & DO IT. My goal for 2018 is to get functional and encourage others to do the same! 

Here are some common functional activities you need to be able to do, whether you think about it or not!

Getting in & out of the car

Lifting Boxes

Carrying Groceries

Getting out of bed

Stepping off a curb

Sitting in a chair/on toilet

Shaving your legs

Washing your hair

What Your Body Needs From You

Stabilization

Mobility

Full Range Of Motion

Common Functional Movements To Help Keep You Living the Life You Want!

Squats

Lunges

Shoulder Mobility

Leg Raises

Push Ups

Planks

Bird Dogs

At Yoga Athletex, Patricia & I are both certified in FMS (Functional Movement Screens) that help us identify where we are showing imbalances in our bodies, limited range of motion & any asymmetries. We assess the body through various exercises, how it naturally moves and identify where you could use corrective exercises. We make personalized plans just for YOUR body, because we are all so different, and help you know what functional movements may be limited for you. We all have to start somewhere, and we believe we have created the perfect place to do it. <3 

If you wanna chat more, just shoot me an email: kalynn@yogaathletex.com.

If you want to book your FMS screen, sign up here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=118632&stype=41&sTG=5

Much love,

Kalynn