You may have heard of Functional Movement Training or maybe Functional Exercise but it is likely that when you heard it mentioned you wondered what it was and why it was being recommended.
The “what” is quite simple. Functional movement is exactly what it sounds like; it is how you function throughout the day. For example: sitting down onto a chair, twisting to put on a seat belt, carrying heavy groceries or kids, lifting heavy things. Think of any movement, and there is a baseline functionality to it.
Most of us move through our days in poor form and function.
If you’re not convinced that you need to train for your daily movements consider what lingering aches and pains you may be trying to ignore. Maybe you don’t have any lingering aches and pains. OK, great! However, most injuries occur with little to no warning. The most common issue is someone has leaned down to tie their shoe and they throw their back out!
The goal of functional movement training (FMT) is to develop optimal movement patterns that move you throughout your daily tasks. FMT usually begins with corrective exercise. Corrective exercise is different from general fitness because it takes the time to activate the correct muscles to generate the desired movement. A great example would be how you lift and carry groceries. Many people strain their low back or neck when they try to carry something heavy, or they develop aches and pains over time due to repetitive use of the incorrect muscles.
To feel your best and be your strongest it is key to begin using Functional Exercise as soon as possible. More and more trainers are starting to bring corrective exercise into their programs so do your research and find someone who has training in corrective exercise or functional movement. You’ll feel the difference pretty quickly, and those aches and pains will soon disappear!
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