When a person begins an exercise program, they typically do it with one of the following goals in mind: lose weight, relieve stress, maintain weight, or tone up/add muscle. While these are all great reasons to start a workout regimen, there’s a big reason why it’s important to move more: to improve the way you move on a daily basis. This actually has a name, and is referred to as functional training.
Functional training gives us mobility, strength, and stability that we need to live not only pain free, but to move better throughout life. In functional training, basic functional movement patterns are used. These include pushing, pulling, hinging, squatting, rotating, and carrying. These are movement patterns that we use on a daily basis, whether it is walking, standing up, opening a door, etc.
Functional training uses exercises that improve your movement in these common movement patterns so you can achieve your goals safely and with good health. You can certainly still train for fat loss, muscle gain, and stress relief while still training functionally!