Functional fitness

Functional training improves balance, agility and muscle strength[12]. Functional fitness reduces the chance of injury in sports and in daily life for example by improving balance and reducing the risk of falls[1][7][11]. Functional fitness training improves balance and can help to avoid joint pains[2][6]. Functional training, if performed correctly, leads to better joint mobility and stability, coordination and agility[3][4][5][13]. Functional training, as you grow older, can help make everyday activities easier and improve your quality of life[5]. Functional training can improve your reflexes so you will be able to react quickly and efficiently if accidents is about to occur. Some forms of functional training such as Tai-Chi, Qigong, and Yoga has been linked to improved quality of life[8][9][10].

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      • [1] Leetun D. (2004) Core Stability Measures as Risk Factors for Lower Extremity Injury in Athletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
      • [2] Spennewyn,K. 2008. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, January, Volume 22, Number 1.
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      • [5] Functional fitness training: Is it right for you? Healthy Lifestyle - mayoclinic.org View
      • [6] Wu G. Evaluation of the effectiveness of Tai Chi for improving balance and preventing falls in the older population — A review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2002; 50: 746–54.
      • [7] Karinkanta S, Heinonen A, Sievanen H, et al. A multi-component exercise regimen to prevent functional decline and bone fragility in home-dwelling elderly women: randomized, controlled trial. Osteoporos Int. 2007;18(4):453–62.
      • [8] Wang C, Bannuru R, Ramel J, Kupelnick B, Scott T, Schmid CH. Tai chi on psychological well-being: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Complement Altern Med [Internet]. 2010
      • [9] Verhagen AP, Immink M, van der Meulen A, Bierma-Zeinstra SM. The efficacy of tai chi Chuan in older adults: a systematic review. Fam Pract. 2004;21(1):107–13.
      • [10] Thornton EW, Sykes KS, Tang WK. Health benefits of tai chi exercise: improved balance and blood pressure in middle-aged women. Health Promot Int. 2004;19(1):33–8.
      • [11] Li Y, Devault CN, Van Oteghen S. Effects of extended tai chi intervention on balance and selected motor functions of the elderly. Am J Chin Med. 2007;35(3):383–91.
      • [12] Bird M, Hill KD, Ball M, Hetherington S, Williams AD. The long-term benefits of a multi-component exercise intervention to balance and mobility in healthy older adults. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. [Epub ahead of print]. 2010 [cited 2010 Apr 21]. Available from: View
      • [13] Willy RW, Kyle BA, Moore SA, Chleboun GS. Effect of cessation and resumption of static hamstring muscle stretching on joint range of motion. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2001;31(3):138–44.
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