Beyond The Basics
If you are already fit, then you are likely doing some work on all or most of the mentioned components. And you know they are all important. As I get older I find more value in stacking exercises so I work more muscles at the same time. It shortens my workouts but takes more energy.
I am now aware that I have a limited amount of energy and I need to spread it out over the whole day. When I was younger that was never an issue. It makes no sense if I use all my energy for an incredible workout, and then cannot do anything else but sleep the rest of the day.
So I find myself looking for ways to be more efficient, still do workouts that address all the components above and have something left to live the rest of my day!
Functional Fitness Components
Many people become so dependent on others they need help to:
- get in and out of bed
- get in and out of a car
- sit down and stand up again
- get up off a floor
- pick up a bag of groceries
- reach up to a high shelf to get something
- walk around the block
- get on and off a toilet
- go up and down stairs
- and as incredible as it sounds, sometimes even cleaning their backside
Obviously these people have crossed the dependency threshold (see Aging Curve) and have severe restrictions. However, you can still exercise; doing something is better than doing nothing. See why being overweight is bad for you. They can still exercise even though ‘Pain Restricted’ or have heart disease.