Updated: Nov 6
After years of inactive living, I didn’t know where to start. I knew the traditional big box gym would be another epic failure of will. It wasn’t until I found functional training, that I experienced a real connection between exercise and my body, mind and spirit. For most who have spent years in a sedentary lifestyle, the idea of starting to exercise is undeniably daunting. It's very easy to become discouraged by the thought of strenuous workouts or complex and confusing fitness routines. But there's a solution that's gentle, practical, yet incredibly effective: FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT. In today's daily cue, we'll define WHY functional movement is the ideal exercise for individuals trying to rekindle their active journey after years of sedentary living.
Understanding Functional Movement: Do the Common Uncommonly Well
Functional training uses real life movements to improve the body's functionality for everyday living. They're simple, practical, and accessible to all because our bodies are made to do them. When we functionally train, we are teaching our body to move well, preparing it to tackle our daily activities, with ease.
Here's why functional training is the best exercise plan for people ready to make a lasting change in their life:
1. Gentle Introduction to Exercise
One of the primary challenges for those who have been sedentary for years is the fear of physical strain and potential injury. Functional movement provides a gentle introduction to exercise, as it focuses on simple, low-impact movements that are bodies are designed to do allowing the body to ease into physical activity without the risk of over-exertion.
2. Gradual Progression
Functional training can be tailored to any fitness level. Whether you're just starting or have been inactive for an extended period, you can gradually progress in a safe and sustainable manner. The focus is on improvement, not perfection.
3. Enhanced Mobility and Flexibility
Years of inactivity can lead to a loss of flexibility and mobility. Functional training works to restore and enhance these vital aspects of physical health, making daily tasks easier and reducing the risk of injury.
4. Reduced Risk of Overuse Injuries
Traditional workouts can sometimes lead to overuse injuries as a result of repetitive motions - especially without the guidance of a coach. Functional movements, on the other hand, promote a balanced use of various muscle groups and are less likely to cause overuse injuries.
5. Increased Confidence
Functional training is all about building confidence in your body's ability to move and perform daily tasks. As you see improvement in your range of motion, strength, and overall fitness in your daily life, you'll gain the confidence to engage in more physical activities.
6. Practicality for Everyday Life
The best part about functional training is that it directly translates into improved performance in daily life. The exercises mirror movements you'll need for everyday activities, making them highly practical. Whether it's bending to tie your shoes, lifting a heavy grocery bag, or simply getting up from a chair, functional movement enhances your ability to perform these tasks.
7. Mental Health Benefits
Physical activity is not just about the body; it has a profound impact on mental health. Functional movement can boost your mood, reduce stress, and improve cognitive function. As you engage in these exercises, you'll experience increased well-being physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Starting a new active lifestyle after years of being sedentary can be challenging, but it's a journey that can change your life in ways you never thought possible. Functional training is the perfect entry point, offering a gentle, practical, and highly effective means to improve your health and well-being. It's never too late to start moving, and functional training is the best exercise to reawaken your physical potential to live your best life.
Break the lazy cycle. Let that body move, breath, and explore!