Getting My Functional Exercise


Functional Exercise

Functional exercises are performed every day in our workouts but have you considered doing a Functional Exercise workout to your weekly routine. As of recently this primary type of activity has not only caught my attention but is now I include it daily in my exercise.  It only takes me less than 20 minutes, and I am feeling the difference a month later.

What is Functional Exercise?

The point of the Functional exercise is to train your muscles to perform the everyday task safely and productively. Huh? Isn’t that the whole point of the exercise. Well yes, but functional training is more specific than that.  Functional exercises teach your muscles to work together and get them ready for your day to day tasks. The functional exercise simulates typical movements you may do at home, work or in sports. One of thing things I like about functional exercise is its emphasis on balance.  Usually, the exercises are performed while using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time this helps stabilize your core.


What are the benefits of Functional Exercise?

I have been on this weight loss journey for a year now. Recently, it has turned from a want to lose weight to new fitness goals. I decided that I want to be the fittest 70-year-old. Since yesterday was my birthday that means I have 36 years to obtain my long term goal, God willing. One of the benefits of Functional exercise and the advantage of all exercise is a lean, in shape physique. Another advantage of functional exercise is it helps make everyday life task easier. When functionally exercising you are using multiple joints and muscles at the same time. Training is liking this also reduces your risk of injury and helps improve your quality of life.

Functional exercises tend to be multi-joint, multi-muscle exercises. Instead of only moving the elbows, for example, a functional exercise might involve the elbows, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles. This type of training, properly applied, can make everyday activities easier, reduce your risk of injury and improve your quality of life.

SomaSole PlankHold


What does Functional Exercise look like?
There are a lot of exercises that are included that serve a functional purpose. Especially those moves that are various physical movements like in Tai Chi and Pilates.  The mix of resistance and flexibility is a great way to functionally exercise.  Some other common moves that you may recognize are; Multi-directional lunges, standing bicep curls, step-ups with weights these exercises help you with an everyday task such as vacuuming, mopping, yard work for example.  Proper form when performing these exercises is imperative.
How do I get started?
Most people would recommend functional exercise workouts for those over 40 (not there yet), but I feel that it is important for everyone.  It improves your balance, agility, muscle strengths and reduces the risk of falling.  If you have a trainer, I would ask them to include some functional exercises (they most likely already do).  There is always the University of YouTube and Pinterest.  Just be cautious that you are using proper form,  are cleared by a physician.  I gave you a little preview of the Functional Core Workout I have been doing the last month.  I feel stronger, can hold a plank longer and will be including this in my workout regime from here on out.
My Birthday Month Workout
Disclaimer This month I included a Functional Workout in my daily core routine.  I felt so much stronger and lost over an inch and a half on my waist which is a great benefit of exercise.  I also used my SomaSole Workout Bands.  They were a great easy way to add some resistance to my workout and one of my new favorite at home workout tools!!   They were a great easy way to add some resistance to my workout and one of my new favorite at home workout tools!!  Use Coupon Code DeBolton10 for 10% off of your own bands.
Do you do Functional exercise? How does it make you feel?


24 Comments on “Getting My Functional Exercise”

  1. Great work! I have been doing the “7 minute workout” lately as it does workout circuits like this one and have started to see improvement as well. I love the fact that these workouts mimic everyday activities so we get to practice our form more often!

  2. Great post. Exercise is one of those areas that I have really been working to fit in between grad school classes, homeschooling 2 kids, and ministry duties. Thanks for giving me the encouragement to keep pushing forward.

    • I understand as a Mama of 3, student, and other responsibilities. Its just something I make time for and put in on the schedule among all the other duties.

  3. I lift! I can’t deal with life without having my weekly exercise routine. We need to take care of the bodies God gave us!

  4. Good for you being a fit mamma! I would like to get back into fitness soon. I always feel so much better. I have never heard of functional exercise. I will have to check that out.

    • I think it would be amazing if our generation could be the generation that reduces medical cost and lives longer more productive lives. Yes, start now before the kiddies you’ll be grateful you did.

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