Monday, December 7, 2015

A very large part of general, overall fitness must necessarily include functional training

What is functional fitness?
It translates into being capable of fulfilling your daily activities without causing injury to the self. In my opinion, it’s not only of prime importance to your life! After all, what’s the point of being fit if you’re not healthy and injury-free?
How do you know if you’re functionally fit?
A very large part of general, overall fitness must necessarily include functional training. You need to do some work if you have trouble doing simple things such as sitting and rising up from the floor; climbing a flight of stairs; a tennis or golf swing; craning your neck to look over your shoulder; or even lifting something slightly heavy.
Plus, waking up with a neck ache often or not being able to reach your back while bathing also spells trouble.
Locomotor skills
Of course, a person may injure himself if he/she is not particular about body movements. Kinesiology is the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement.
How one walks, manages movement or locomotors has a great impact on the human body’s link or chain system. For instance, when lifting something heavy, one must always transfer the load onto the legs by bending them. Never lift with the legs straight. It invariably puts a lot of negative pressure on the back. If you’ve injured yourself just getting out of bed, it’s more to do with the ‘how’ of it rather than being functionally fit.
Do not sit up straight directly from a lying position. The right way to do it is to bend your knees, turn to your side and then sit up on the side of the bed while lowering your legs on to the floor.
Functional fitness exercises
Many regular exercises constitute and promote functional fitness.
1. The squat conditions the muscles of the lower body, particularly the quadriceps group in the front of the thighs. These muscles help one to sit down, stand up, and walk up and down the stairs.
2. Spinal mobility exercises in Pilates using Reformers (studio equipment) help to increase spinal flexibility.
These are particularly important for racket players and for any activities that require a spinal twist, for instance, looking over your shoulder or craning your neck.
3. Back strengthening exercises such as bent-over rows, hyperextensions and dead lifts will maintain a strong and fit back that can carry heavier loads.
4. Front and side neck press exercises will keep the muscles of the neck strong and flexible so a crick in the neck when waking up won’t be a health hazard.
5. Simple calf raising exercises will keep the calves and ankles strong.
This is more effective if one does them using a step where the heels can dip down low before rising up onto the toes again. If one is prone to spraining their ankles, these exercises will go a long way in keeping one functionally fit. However, these exercises are best done post recovery and not during an active stage of the injury.
6. Forearm and wrist curls, and their variations, will keep the forearms and wrists strong.
7. Upper body stretches will increase the reach of your hands to all parts of the back.
Relish being functionally fit so that you don’t suffer cricks and pains.
Then, your daily chores won’t turn into health hazards.

Gifts for men in your life

We're pretty confident when we say that the things in the many, many gift guides we're publishing this year aren't just for women. We know plenty of non-women who'd get a kick out of an iPhone photography kit, a leather passport cover — hell, even this eyeball massager. But for every bra set, pair of delicate earrings, and mascara we've put into a gift guide, this slideshow should give you ideas for those on your shopping list who prefer things on the other end of the spectrum.

And trust us when we say there’s something for everyone. We’ve got presents for your uncle, your brother, your father, and your half-cousin twice-removed in here — and, lest we not forget, your S.O., your work bro, wingman, and best friend, who has an uncanny ability to pick the best spot for dinner. 

Click through to see what we’ve got on our lists, from a beard kit all the way to a diffuser that smells like sipping whiskey by the fire.

Tarte launch: Makeup Setting Spray

I like wearing a full face of makeup, but I hate when my skin looks ultra-matte. It's just not my thing. But there's a major issue here — most makeup-setting sprays leave your face 100% shine-free. And when you're like me, and you always smudge your cat-eye without fail, a setting spray is necessary. But am I supposed to go around looking chalky all the time just to keep my makeup from sliding off? Not anymore.

Tarte launched its Miraculous Maracuja Makeup Setting Spray — a revolutionary product that helps your makeup stay put while also hydrating your skin. This means the color on your eyes and lips won't slip, and you can still rock a dewey complexion. Tarte infused its signature maracuja oil into the spray, along with some other plant extracts that add radiance and moisture to your skin.

Sounds too good to be true, right? I'm happy to report that this formula does live up to its claim, to a degree. After putting on all my makeup (concealer, bronzer, blush, highlight, and a cat-eye that I can sketch in two minutes flat), I gave myself a nice mist with this stuff and let it dry (it took about a minute). After it settled, I noticed a difference between it and other setting sprays: My skin didn't feel tight. 

This feeling continued throughout the day. My makeup stayed put, and my skin felt dewey and looked radiant. I was seriously impressed — I usually manage to smear my liner by lunchtime, and this stuff kept it solid. But by the time I left work, I started noticing a little slippage. Now, to be fair, that was eight hours of uninterrupted primo makeup. But the matte-textured sprays I've used in the past worked a little longer, which makes sense. 

Bottom line? If you're looking for makeup that will stay for 12 hours without so much as a minor smear, you might want to stick to your matte sprays. But if a dewey complexion and makeup that stays most of the day sounds like something you're into, then you're going to want to pick up Tarte's latest. It's become a regular in my beauty rotation, which means I get to stay hydrated and radiant all season long.