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Fitness with a function
Add these exercises to your workout routine to improve everyday movements.
Each day you bend, reach, twist, lift, walk, and squat. If you exercise regularly, you may think you address these basic abilities, commonly known as functional fitness.
"Yet, many conventional exercises focus on building individual muscles. While that’s important, it doesn’t always work on improving how well those muscles move in everyday life," says Dr. Amy Lo, an assistant scientist at Harvard-affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. "If you don’t devote enough attention to supporting daily movements, you can have trouble staying active and engaging in even the simplest parts of life."
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