Functional Fitness for Everyday Life: 3 Strength and Conditioning Exercises

Are you wondering how you can incorporate fitness into your everyday life? 

Whether you are trying to improve your daily fitness routine or start one, full-body strength and conditioning exercises are a fantastic way to improve your overall health.

Let’s take a look at what functional fitness is and how you can add strength and conditioning exercises to your daily workout plan:

What is Strength and Conditioning?

Strength and conditioning are important parts of any fitness program. These terms refer to the exercises and activities aimed at improving muscle strength, endurance, and overall physical performance.

What is Functional Fitness?

Functional fitness involves exercises that mimic movements that we perform in our daily lives.

Unlike traditional gym workouts that isolate specific muscle groups, functional fitness emphasizes movements that use multiple muscle groups at the same time.

The goal of functional fitness is to enhance overall physical functionality, making everyday tasks easier and reducing the risk of injuries.

Easy Exercises for Strength and Conditioning

Let’s explore five easy yet effective exercises that will give you a full-body workout:

1. Bodyweight Squats

Bodyweight squats are a fundamental exercise that targets the lower body muscles, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes.

To perform a bodyweight squat, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, lower your body by bending your knees, and push your hips back as if you’re sitting down on an invisible chair.

Keep your chest up and your back straight. Return to the starting position by pushing through your heels and straightening your legs.

2. Lunges

Lunges are excellent for targeting the muscles in the legs and glutes while also improving balance and stability.

Begin by standing tall with your feet hip-width apart. Take a step forward with one leg, lowering your body until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle.

Ensure that your front knee is directly above your ankle and your back knee hovers just above the ground.

Push through your front heel to return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.

3. Dumbbell Rows

Dumbbell rows target the muscles in the upper back, shoulders, and arms.

Begin by standing with a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing your body.

Hinge forward at the hips while keeping your back straight, and let your arms hang straight down towards the ground.

Pull the dumbbells towards your ribcage by bending your elbows and squeezing your shoulder blades together.

Lower the dumbbells back to the starting position and repeat.

Strength and Conditioning Coaching at Atlas Physiotherapy and Health

At Atlas Physiotherapy and Health, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your fitness goals through personalized training programs.

Whether you’re looking to improve your athletic performance, recover from an injury, or just want to improve your health, we are here to support you every step of the way.

Get in touch today and start your journey to a stronger and healthier you!