As the saying goes, “Use it or lose it.”
As people age, too often we become less active. As we age, we get a little slower. We start to get some muscle stiffness that makes it less fun to do what we once enjoyed. The problem is that the less we do, the harder it’s going to be to age well.
That’s where functional fitness comes in. Functional fitness training helps us with daily tasks by mimicking common movements we might do at home or at work. It’s about doing exercises that will help us improve the quality of our lives.
Many functional fitness exercises are multi-muscle or multi-joint. In other words, rather than just do a bicep curl (how often do will you use that motion exclusively at home?) you’ll do a step-up with a weight. That simulates carrying a bag of groceries up a flight of stairs.
Pick a set of weights that you can do 8-12 reps. If you don’t have a step platform such as the one in the video here, you can use the bottom step in stairs or a bench. After a set of 8-12 reps, pause for 30-60 seconds, then repeat.