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“Boost Your Daily Workout Routine with These Four Essential Functional Exercises”

Functional exercises are crucial for improving daily tasks or athletic performance. It is easy to indulge in isolation exercises that focus on developing strength and muscle mass in specific muscle groups. However, isolating muscles does not help in the improvement of daily tasks, as it does not develop functional movements. The exercises that contribute to better performance in daily tasks or athletic performance are functional exercises. Professional athletes have distinct functional training exercises based on their respective sport. For example, basketball players focus on shuttle runs, quick changes in direction and jumps, whereas fast bowlers focus on shoulder strength, arm speed and lower back strength. However, basic functional exercises are beneficial for common people and fitness enthusiasts alike. Here are four functional exercises suitable for everyone’s training routine to improve their performance:

1. Squats:

Squats are basic and functional movements that we perform daily without realizing it. Nevertheless, when we adopt an active lifestyle of exercise and gymming, performing a full squat can be challenging. Sandeep Sachdev, coach and co-founder of EasyHuman, said that “We spend most of our time in front of the computer or working while seated. This way we don’t end up flexing our ankles, knees or hips as much as we should, and this makes the muscles around our joints weak and the joints themselves a bit rusty. That makes squat an extremely challenging exercise for anyone starting out.” However, with patience and practice, squats can be done effectively. Squats help with standing up from seated positions, getting off the bed, climbing stairs, carrying a backpack, picking up things from the floor, getting up from the ground, chair, car or bike among other things.

2. Deadlift:

Deadlift is just as important and vital as squats and is second only to it. We lift things off the floor numerous times in a day, and the deadlift helps with this movement. It involves picking up a load off the floor and coming up to a standing position while keeping the spine straight all through the movement. The exercise is excellent for strengthening the core, lower back, glutes, and hamstrings, and it helps maintain a healthy back and spine. A strong back also means lower chances of injury, better posture and fewer back pain issues. We mimic the deadlift movement in our daily lives when we pick up anything off the floor or something from a lower height.

3. Farmer’s Carry:

Carrying groceries is common, but we often end up carrying laptop bags and shopping bags too. This exercise involves walking with a load which is stable and practical. One holds a dumbbell or kettlebell in each hand and walks with it. It is one of the most practical and functional movements to perform in the gym or at home. It helps develop better posture for carrying any load and improves strength.

4. Push-ups:

Although push-ups may be difficult for beginners, they recruit the muscles in your chest, back, arms, core, and legs concurrently, making them a total-body workout. The most significant benefit of push-ups is gaining upper body strength, which is essential for daily tasks such as sitting on a chair or getting out of bed after a lie-in. Whether you can perform the full push-up or not, everyone performs some variation of the push-up while getting out of bed or managing to stay on their feet on crowded transport. Push-ups help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and are great for health. A 2019 study of more than 1,100 occupationally active adult men found a negative association between baseline push-up capacity and incident cardiovascular disease risk.

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