Functional Exercises for Active Aging

The process of aging varies widely from person to person, but we all naturally lose some of the functionality we had in youth. One of these areas of decline is in muscle size and strength, which accelerates with physical inactivity. Fortunately, age-related muscle loss can be minimized by resistance training.  Resistance training may also benefit bone-related disorders, such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

An excellent way to approach a resistance-exercise program is to begin with functional training. Exercise that is functional entails any movement performed with the intention of enhancing the way we move, whether in sports, fitness, occupation or activities of daily living. These movements require the muscles to work together while simultaneously stabilizing the joints. Combined with regular stretching, resistance training keeps joints flexible, which makes it easier to move comfortably while doing daily activities.