Functional Fitness

It's the latest exercise trend, a fitness routine that is specifically geared to your lifestyle. It's called Functional Fitness or Purposeful Training, exercises with a purpose designed to help you not only get in shape, but make the tasks you do every day easier and safer.

Doing daily routines like climbing stairs, or holding children is a daily mini-athletic challenge. The goal is to take ordinary exercises and give them a twist.

For instance, squats, to do it traditionally, place your feet on a stable surface, which is great for the thighs and the tush, but when you get on a dome, it becomes unstable, and the body has to work harder.

Instead of doing the traditional bench press, lie on a exercise ball. You'll get a bigger bang for the buck, because you're recruiting so many different muscle groups, and you'll burn more calories.