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  • Gwynn Lindler

Put the FUN in FUNctional Fitness!!!

The Mayo Clinic describes functional fitness:

“Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports.”

How does functional fitness look for you? That depends on you. What do you do every day? For work? For recreation? For daily and necessary activities? No matter who you are, every single person and every movement is a variation of these seven moves:

Pull, Push, Squat, Lunge, Hinge, Rotation, and Gait.

All seven movements went into action on my first-ever tubing trip with four other women on the Little Tennessee River. (Yes, that is how far I was leaning!) After multiple falls into the river, I could successfully maneuver back into the tube. It was fun to navigate passages between rocks while paddling with hands and kicking with feet. After falling into an all-fours position in the river, it helped to have a strong core to stabilize and regain my footing. It was gratifying to maintain balance in a half-crouch stance, drawing my tube along by hand, and inching downstream to my friends who floated at the water’s edge.

This element of fun combined with my purpose keeps me motivated. Otherwise, fitness gets boring or becomes a chore, and then I want to quit. It is good to remember my “WHY”. Why does this exercise matter? Will it help me live this day with greater joy, satisfaction, and FUN? If not, it is time to change it up.

Remember that all your movements are variations of Pull, Push, Squat, Lunge, Hinge, Rotation, and Gait. Every person is an individual with specific needs and wants. Your training plan will respect your uniqueness, your sense of fun, and will include the seven basic movements.


Do Something TODAY that adds LIFE to Your YEARS!

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