Exercise should be incorporated in all of our lives. Although we may come up short when it comes down to exercising daily, going to the gym, or even eating right, we still have the ability to do some sort of functional fitness. Functional fitness is any fitness activity that helps enhance our ability to perform activities in our daily lives. We take advantage of being able to perform simple movements on the daily because we believe that we are just supposed to be able to do them. That is not the case. These functional exercises help you to maintain your daily functions, and they even help enhance the longevity of your day-to-day activities. They keep you somewhat active and allow you to stay in motion for longer periods of time.
Here are are several exercises that you can do on a daily basis.
Stretching allows you to get those joints moving so you won’t be stiff throughout the day. It also helps with aches and pains in your muscles because you are starting your day off with movement.
Yoga helps you to control your breathing and allows you to meditate so you can get yourself into a better head space when starting off your day. It is also perfect because of the constant stretching.
Walking daily builds your stamina. You won’t be getting so tired throughout your day either. Those stairs won’t scare you as much because now you can conquer them without stopping and without the heavy breathing.
Jogging/running helps to build your stamina. You won’t have to worry about being tired or running out of breath. If you are unable to just start out jogging or running, try a brisk walk daily to build up to a jog.
Regardless of if you choose one of these exercises or another one, just make sure that you stick to it. Make it a habit to tell yourself you have to do it. These are free, they require no gym membership, and you can literally do these things anywhere. These only take 30 minutes to an hour of your day. Incorporate exercise to help enhance your daily life. Your body will thank you.
Written by: Hillary Griffin