Why functional training is better
How you carry yourself is habit, not WHAT you do but HOW you do it. Every movement you make gets programmed into your nervous system and the more often you do it the more deeply programmed it becomes.
Do you have a habit of slouching when you sit, or rounding your shoulders when you're on the looking at your phone? Do you carry a backpack on one shoulder, or hang on one hip? Those are all normal habits that we all adapt to get through our daily responsibilities.
Those are the HABITS you bring into your exercise. Those habits create poor movement mechanics that cause two problems; orthopedic dysfunction and/ or loss of performance.
Early signs of orthopedic dysfunction start as things like tight muscles, shortened range of motion, instability, or uncoordination. If intervention doesn't happen the symptoms turn into pain and pain turns into injury. When you rest the pain goes away, but when you resume your normal lifestyle the pain comes back.
Dysfunctional movement never stays the same, it continues to degenerate. As movement worsens symptoms worsen also, slowly robbing you of your formerly active lifestyle.
Rest doesn't fix a movement problem, it just makes it worse. The only way to fix it is to practice better movement to reprogram your bad habits. In other words, you have to move your way out of a movement problem.
But moving better isn't just for injury prevention, it's also the key for athletic performance. The movement mechanics that heal and protect you from pain and injury are the same movement mechanics that give you agility, balance, stability, and coordination.
Athletes who focus on movement QUALITY instead of movement QUANTITY make remarkable increases in their athletic performance. Balance and power are a direct result of stable and coordinated movement, and coordination is LEARNED not inherited.
Moving well is not just for the young or the lucky, it's for everyone who works at it. Wherever you are today, with functional training, you can improve yourself, reduce pain, prevent injury, and increase the quality of your life.
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