Functional exercises

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FUNCTIONAL EXERCISES, WHAT ARE THEY?

The classic exercises we do in the gym have little to do with the movements we perform throughout the day. If on the one hand in fitness centers we use balanced loads, following a precise execution technique, on the other hand, in real life, it often happens to make much more complex movements. Lifting a pack of bottles off the ground and putting it back on a shelf is a complex movement. It takes place on all three planes of movement, it involves several joints and even if we are not aware of it, it requires a great ability to control the body. In short, nothing to do with forcefully pushing a barbell over your head.



Today, in the wake of a trend that increasingly aims at achieving the physical well-being of the person, fitness centers and personal trainers are persistently introducing the concept of functional exercise.

A functional exercise stimulates proprioception and control of the body and is based on the concept of transferability, that is, on the learning of a motor gesture that can be used in everyday life. A fundamental prerequisite for training in a functional way is the strengthening of the so-called core, that is the group of muscles that form the abdominal region, the true point of conjunction between the upper and lower part of the body. Balance exercises, proprioceptive exercises aimed at developing sensorimotricity and all other types of functional exercise use instability to stimulate and train motor and postural control of the body.

Muscle reactivation and strengthening take on a new importance passing from the purely aesthetic aim to the global health one.



Why risk osteoarthritis damage by performing series and series of squats, when there are much healthier exercises that can protect and improve our health?



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