How functional is your fitness? Are you a bodybuilder, power lifter, weight trainer, Zumba pro?
My husband and I just celebrated our anniversary. As per our tradition, we go camping and mountain biking/hiking and/or kayaking on or around our anniversary. There are many reasons for this. Mainly, we got married while camping/hiking/mountain biking. So this is something we do every year (barring disaster).
I know countless "fit" people who don't aren't functional. I compete. I train to mold my body (hence body builder) into a winning physique. However, I'm fortunate to have a coach who believes in functional fitness.
What possible good would it do me to be muscular and fit if I can't climb a rock, mountain bike, pull myself up or lower myself down if I want to climb? Or if I fall down a well. What fun would it be to be unable to kayak, canoe, run? Fitness should be fun as well as functional.
I want to be physically able to do the things I enjoy for MANY, MANY more years. I want my husband and I to continue our active lifestyle well past the age where people think we should "relax".
Relaxing isn't in our plan or our future, if we can at all help it or have anything to say about it.
So, when you're at the gym deadlifting, squatting, pressing, benching: make sure to throw some box jumps, pull-ups, jump ropes and plyometrics in there. There is so much more to life than looking good - feeling good and having fun beats that out every time.