Shayna Schmidt | July 31, 2018

Functional Movement is the ability to move the body with proper muscle and joint function for effortless, pain-free movement.  Learning how to be bio-mechanically efficient with everything you do, whether it’s for sports and athletics, general fitness, or daily life activities, is very important for maintaining good health and avoiding injury.

Today we wanted to give you a little 3-move functional workout that you can do from anywhere. Here's what it's made of:

  1. Lateral Lunge with Band Tricep Pushdown
  2. Side Star Plank
  3. Quadruped Beast + Push Up

Perhaps you have no idea what any of that means. Don't worry-- we have a video. And it's a Livekick trainer + member to show you the goods. Get excited!

It's easy to assume that our bodies just work well and do as they're supposed to do all the time. Unfortunately, this is generally not the case. As we age, some of our muscles weaken, and some of our other muscles begin to overcompensate for these weaker muscles, becoming dominant. Lack of physical activity and prolonged periods of sitting can increase poor muscle use habits, and any injuries can further limit the body's ability to develop in a balanced way. The result is that we do not utilize optimal form to train functional movement systems for comprehensive, full-body health. 

If we repeatedly move our body with poor body mechanics, our joints become unable to provide the space for our bones to move as they should. The muscles responsible for moving these bones are unable to fire effectively, which creates limitations in our range of motion. This also creates muscle imbalances, which can lead to injury. Not only can our poor functional movement habits lead to injuries, but the body will accept these muscle habits as the way to always move!

The human body has been designed as a system of levers and pulleys that work and release for us to move with mechanical efficiency. When we walk, run, lift weights, or just sit in front of the computer at our desks, we must be aware of how we are using our muscles to optimize our form and function for healthy movement.

... But we know that's a lot to ask. It will take a new and improved understanding of your current posture and movement habits, better body awareness, along with doing the right exercises to reinforce new muscle habits. And so today, we're hitting you up with 3 moves with which you can get started. Try them out, and ask your Livekick trainer if you have any questions! If you don't have your own Livekick trainer yet, it's time you signed up already!