In 20 years of being a fitness professional, I’ve learned that staying fit decreases your risk of injuries in any sports you do, both pro and rec. It will also help you do simple tasks such as laundry, carrying luggage, or gardening. In my opinion, eating well means eating local, organic foods and products, such as produce, toilet paper, toothpaste, cleaning products. You should drink half your pound body weight in ounces of chemical-free water. For example, if you weight 180 pounds, you should drink 90 ounces of water per day, which is much more than the common recommendation of 64 ounces a day. Eating right and exercising won’t get you that far unless you’re also getting 7-9 hours of high-quality sleep. Don’t use electronics in the bedroom, and don’t watch TV or work on your computer within an hour of bedtime.
How did I come by these lessons? Well, I don’t know if you know this, but when I was a young man, I was not in very good shape. I started exercising when I was 13, but for a long time I wasn’t getting the right kind of activity, and I definitely wasn’t getting the right kind of nutrition.
When I was young, I used to do a lot of machines, bench presses, overhead presses, and other conventional strength training with very little to no stretching. As I got older, that exercise history affected my movement pattern. I was having shoulder injuries, knee injuries, and back injuries. I realized that if I stopped doing pull-ups, the pain went away. I still have some limitations, but the pain went away. I now do much more functional and sports-based exercise, and I’ve been injury-free for years.
I eat clean and organic food, I sleep well, and I never get sick. Functional Fitness has vastly improved my quality of life, and it can improve yours too.
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