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Exercise & Fitness
Three moves for functional fitness
These exercises can help make everyday movements easier.
All older adults can benefit from functional fitness exercises — those that focus on the muscles needed for basic everyday actions, like squatting, bending, reaching, and twisting.
"As we age, the ability to safely and effectively perform simple movements can help older adults stay active, reduce injury, and maintain independent living," says Shawn Pedicini, a physical therapist with Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. "Focusing more on functional fitness is a way to achieve these goals."
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