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Staying Fit to Function in Everyday Life

You already know lots of reasons why you should exercise regularly.

And maybe you shake your head and say, “Not for me.” Maybe you don’t want to look, feel, and move better; manage your blood pressure; prevent Type 2 diabetes, etc.

But have you thought about being able to stand up from a chair or the toilet? About carrying in your groceries? About countless other activities of everyday life that rely on strength?

Most people don’t. They still think people go to the gym to get big muscles. And some do, of course – and that’s great.

But everybody should care about being able to care for themselves and maintain independence for as long as possible.

So consider an idea called functional fitness. It keeps you prepared for activities of everyday life, including stamina to run errands and play with the grandkids without losing your breath.

Functional fitness is increasingly popular with all kinds of people, including those over 50 who want to maintain their independence and quality of life without spending countless hours in a gym.

As WebMD puts it, functional fitness is “about training your body to handle real-life situations.” That means exercises focused on “building a body capable of doing real-life activities in real-life positions, not just lifting a certain amount of weight in an idealized posture created by a gym machine.”



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