Ever been confused with what the words functional fitness really means? The exercises and approaches to functional fitness are about as varied as lady Gagas hairdos! To weed out the erroneous, the stupid, and the dangerous approaches, I will give you a simple definition.
A functional fitness exercise is: Any exercise, or activity that moves you towards a specific goal which YOU have set, is deemed functional. In other words, you are looking for your fitness level becoming such, that it allows you to function effectively in your daily life! Or, another one: The demands that you place on your body throughout the day, be it your work, sport or leisure activity- you are able to do to your desired level of skill, and without injury. That to me is being FIT ENOUGH!
Lets take another word now: BALANCE! Many people experience balance issues, especially as they get older. Statements such as “my balance is bad, ” is a common expression – and so vague, that these words are merely a worthless complaint. The truth is, there are two kinds of balance, one is called righting reflexes, which keep your body up right when you moving over a stable surface, such as the ground. The other, is tilting reflexes, which allows you to keep your body upright if somebody bumped into you, or you are on an unstable object such as a bike or a swiss ball.
What kind of balancing exercises you need, depends on what kind of balance you want to improve. All balance however is dependent on muscle mass and your neuromuscular Communication system! In other words, no muscle, no balance, and if your brain is not able to communicate with your muscles- also no balance…
Next, let’s take the expression “Flat abs”! Who doesn’t want flat abs?! The answer is, we all do, but what are we willing to do to get them. By now I think we’ve all come across Some piece of information, to yhe effect that crunches won’t do it, sit-ups wont do it, etc. The answer is all too simple, straightforward, and maybe even a bit uncomfortable. The truth is, when you abdominals Are bulging over your belt, it is the effect of undigested food in your gut. Plain and simple, end of story. Get rid of the undigested food that is sitting in your belly, fermenting away, because of over eating, and you abs will be flat immediately. There are many good cleanses out there, and if one doesn’t work for you, then try another kind. Something will work, and you’ll be healthier and have more energy in the process!
CORE- yes, CORE. This has got to be The biggest and most misunderstood word of the 20th century. Few people if any take The time to do a little research, and read up on what somebody with a bit of education has written about it, and defined core to be. The same people hire a trainer, with a wide variety of hypothetical certifications,and experiences, and allow that trainer, to tell them what the core is and how to activate it. Ha, I won’t go any further into it either, as I think there’s plenty of good information out there for those who are serious about finding out. What I will say, in conclusion is this: It is only, and I say ONLY your thoughts/ imagery that can activate the Core. Period. End of story.