How does conditioning impact our activities?
Proper conditioning decreases likelihood of injury in both sports and everyday tasks. What is proper conditioning? Proper conditioning is an exercise program that balances the goal of conditioning and the goal of preventing injury.
Many people take an impractical and poorly planned approach to exercise, or they just don't plan, they focus training on pushing their bodies to the limit every time they work out. They have a particular goal in mind, be it weight loss, endurance training, or strength building. Unfortunately, the long term consequence can be injury.
Functional conditioning consists of exercises that incorporate balance, flexibility, stability, acceleration, and deceleration, all of which allow goal achievement and injury prevention. Functional conditioning elicits functional movement, which is what we all need for everyday activities such as: carrying groceries, planting flowers, cleaning a litter box, walking up and down stairs, getting out of bed, and sports such as biking, running, lifting weights, throwing or kicking a ball. In other words, movements that take place at home, work as well as sport.
To perform daily tasks, a chain reaction involving muscles, nerves, and joints occurs. An injury can happen if there's a weak link such as inadequate flexibility or lack of strength while performing physical tasks.
Exercises that condition functional movement patterns must:
How do you ensure your workouts prepare your body for the activities in your life? I'll address these issues and more in blogs to come!
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