Monday, September 28, 2009

Functional training
Functional training helps with the specific ranges of motion pertinent to the individual's sport or lifestyle, it also earns it name because it develops proprioception – the body’s ability to sense where it is in space – by drawing on exercises that mimic the dynamic movements specific to sport and general movements where balance is required. This mimicking of the dynamic and fluid movement allows exercises to expand beyond the limited range of motion exercise inherent in weight machines. With functional exercises the aim is to maintain your centre of gravity over its own base. This will involve a neuromuscular and a stability requirement in an integrated training programme.

If one has an injury it is obviously advisable to commence the rehabilitation process with isolated resistance training machines and stationary bicycles. Once the injury has cleared it is important to move from isolation to integration as soon as possible. This lies in the fact that this is how we move – we don’t in real life bend over and pick something up and move in isolation. There is a constant integration and synergy of the neuromuscular system. The other integrative aspect of functional training is the dimension of athletic activity or training in a sport like manner. Sport is a microcosm of real life; so functional training allows you to maximize your abilities. Training with free weights, your own body weight, bands, balls and balance beams will enhance your outdoor sports and/or other every day activities.

This fits in with goal setting in exercise programmes; our goals and aims differ from person to person. Functional Training sharpens the system to better cope with our individual challenges. This include the entire spectrum of society: from the rugby player in training for the forthcoming rugby season, the martial artists who uses the stability ball to improve his grappling skills in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, the weekend hiker who has improved her balance in walking with a heavy back pack to the elderly gentleman who no longer has problems with his daily home activities of stepping up, sitting down, reaching forward, etc.


Sunday, September 27, 2009

why exercise

Why exercise?
Exercise ….
· decreases muscle soreness, tension and spasms.
· enhances general venous and arterial tone for improved circulation.
· increases efficiency of the cardiovascular system, with resulting resistance to fatigue
· maintains / improves strength of bone, ligament, and joint structures.
· improves muscular strength, flexibility and efficiency.
· improves balance and postural control.
· improves the body’s neurochemical system, which relieves pain and reduces stress.
· decreases / controls body fat percentage.
· helps with normal bowel regularity and function.
· helps protect and stabilize injured body areas.
· maintains normal breathing mechanics.
· maintains healthy, pliable skin.
· increases efficiency of the body’s thermoregulation system.