The physical condition is an essential factor in maintaining a good health and more and more Romanians are beginning to understand this reality. Equally, they become aware that attention and care for their own health is an accessible way to have a balanced and beautiful life. Thus, going to the gym receives great attention, but how familiar is the concept of functional fitness?
What is Functional Fitness?
Functional fitness is an alternative to going to the gym, whose purpose is to help the body cope with everyday situations. Compared to going to the gym, which focuses on muscle groups individually, functional fitness focuses on teaching the muscles to work together. Thus, the body gains control and balance. The most common example to demonstrate the usefulness of this type of exercise is to perform a squat in one leg. Most people cannot do this without losing their balance.
Functional fitness develops coordination, mobility and the body's overall effort capacity. Actions such as jumping, bending, twisting, lifting, climbing or walking are much easier to do after practicing this type of exercises.
Which are the Benefits of Functional Fitness?
- Improves the quality of everyday life
Functional fitness offers those who practice it a general state of well-being, which comes from constant effort, increased endurance or improved brain activity - functional fitness requires strong brain involvement to send signals to various parts of the body used in doing the exercises.
- Increases the Mobility of all Body Components
The exercises that are used in this type of activity require the whole body, thus, the muscles learn the mechanisms by repetition, determining a greater agility, mobility, coordination and more balance that are needed in the everyday life.
- Corrects the Posture
By splitting the effort over the whole body's surface, not targeting the chest or biceps, for example, the balance is improved, and this influences the harmonious development of the whole body.
- Decreases the Chances of a Person Getting Hurt During Daily Activities
Following these exercises, the ligaments and muscles are accustomed to the type of movements involved, for example, lifting a heavy suitcase from the trunk or repairing a pipe. In this way, a person develops greater resistance to effort and avoids injuries that can occur due to the weaknesses of a part of the body neglected by standard workouts in the gym.
Combined with proper nutrition, functional fitness manages to give a person a good physical condition and more vitality. Recommended foods include beans, lentils, brown rice, quinoa, avocados, chia seeds, apples or bananas. They have beneficial effects on the body, provide the nutrients needed to maintain a high muscle tone and have a strong impact on the mood.
Maintaining a good health depends on the balance of all the elements that make up the lifestyle, but sometimes this balance is broken by factors outside one's actions.
Some medical conditions can occur even despite a healthy lifestyle, and this shows the need for access to quality medical services. The conclusion of a private health insurance policy is an extremely useful tool to reduce the degree of uncertainty that appears in the context of a condition. Thus, the private insurance, together with physical effort such as functional fitness and nutrition, are an essential factor in giving a person a high degree of peace of mind and confidence that unpleasant situations can be overcome.