'VIRTUAL' FUNCTIONAL FITNESS CLASS
For seniors / 50+
If you are isolated at home it is important that you keep moving. Sounds easy doesn't it - but this can be a challenge.
First thing though is to forget everything about 'organised' fitness. You don't need a class to move. If you are otherwise fit to do so:
DO - Go for a walk outside whenever you can - it is safe to do this (in line with national guidance) as long as you keep away from others.
DO - Have a spring clean! - Cleaning and gardening are particularly good forms of exercises. Particularly because they usually involve some form of 'pulling' movement
DON'T -Go over the top!. Keep your exercise moderate intensity as high intensity exercise has been shown to impact on your immunity in the short term. So better to do a little often and spread it through the day.
DON'T - Sit still for the rest of the day. Stand up and move every half hour.
Here are some easy exercises to do on your BED. Do these after a warm up NOT when you wake up or are about to go to sleep.
Functional Fitness is about exercising to improve your function - day to day life. It encompasses everyday movements, focusing on speed, agility, range of motion, core strength, balance and flexibility.
We also aim reinforce the 'FUN' in Functional!
Our body is a ‘system’ of many muscles all interelated. For example back ache can arise due to leg muscles. If we dont maintain whole body fitness we start restricting our movements, once we do that we enter a negative process of ‘deconditioning’. As we stop moving in particular ways this further impacts on other moves and when we cant move as much, we move less, put on weight and so it goes on…....
But you can change that.
Our bodies can respond and improve from exercise at any age!
A functional fitness session incorporates exercises to help you develop:
These are all important to help you with day to day life, with the bonus that you are able to do more on a day to day basis, using up calories, enjoying life!
Exercises can be progressed or regressed (made easier). We are all different, but wherever we start from we can improve.
And hopefully you will find its fun!
Every Class is a little different and you can use the free Fitness Tracker to monitor your progress!