In the first place, it is very important to understand that, we need to train for life and not for events. Functional fitness is all about training ourselves to build a stronger body for our everyday activities. This fitness cum weight loss program is a bridge between personal training and physical therapy.
How we benefit from Functional exercises :-
Strengthen muscles – The target of functional exercises is to strengthen various muscle groups of our body. When our muscles are strong, it improves the overall physical stability and thus helps us to perform daily activities with minimum risks and greater ease.
Brings in balance and coordination – Functional exercises include various exercises like single leg balance exercises, lunges, step-ups etc all of which trains our body to balance and coordinate and thereby create a synergy within our body.
Good posture – We all fall prey to bad postures through our day to day activities. People with desk bound jobs often suffer with spinal issues. Functional fitness exercises are a solution to such bad posture problems.
Improves muscle memory – Functional fitness involves repetition of same exercises in few sets which boosts our muscle memory as they exercise our brain too.
Core strength and stability – Functional fitness exercises like crunches helps to strengthen our core and in turn betters our spine too.
Power – Functional exercises focus on both upper and lower body. Multiple reps of exercises like push-ups, squats, bur pees helps to develop total body strength and power. This further helps us to move quickly in real life activities.
Reduces joint pains – Functional fitness helps the body to get back to basics i.e back to the form it is designed to move and perform. These exercises are very beneficial for chronic joint pains in back, neck or knee.
So, the idea is to stay fit year-round. Personal trainers teach these functional exercises which helps to train the muscles and prepare them to perform daily tasks proficiently. So get in touch with the right weight loss trainer or bodybuilding trainer and get more functionally fit!
LOW INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (LIIT) VS HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT)
We all are aware of the Rabbit vs Turtle race. This is a learning lesson in our day to day practical life. When it comes to exercise or fitness training, we might start off with full stamina and confidence but get tired or injured very soon and end up taking long breaks from our workout routine to recover. What happens in the process is we fall prey to bad internal damages. Today, it is much wiser to follow the ‘Turtle way’ and go slow but steady in order to win the race of a ‘fit life’.
LIIT OR HIIT
There has been a significant shift from HIIT to LIIT off late realizing the benefits of the later. HIITis definitely effective, but it comes along with the slogan-“No pain no gain”. For many of us specially, people with some prior injuries or elderly, HIIT thus become a big challenge. Studies show today, many people prefer to choose LIIT over HIIT.
LIIT – THE BENEFITS
It is the best form of workout for beginners or people recovering from any injury.
These workouts are programmed with low intensity thus are easier on our joints.
It can be easily opted by elderly people who cannot go for high intensity workouts.
Since it leaves us with almost no injuries, we can be more consistent with our workout routine.
LIIT helps to build up stamina before you opt for higher intensity exercises.
It is very helpful for people having issues like anaemia, thyroid etc.
It has a steady positive result and thus brings us close to that fit self we dream of.
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However, every body type is different from one another and so is our demands and capacity. Whether you choose HIIT or LIIT the main idea is to work towards leading a healthy and fit life. So don’t let your today ruin your tomorrow. Get up, find yourself a fitness coach or a workout partner or a fitness trainer and achieve an overall health and fitness all year round!