Functional fitness focuses on exercise that mimics everyday movements. Whether it's squatting down to pick something up, reaching the top shelf in the cupboard or lifting a heavy load of groceries, these are types of functional movements that we preform on a daily basis.

Although these moves are common, they can take a toll on the body. Functional fitness helps correct posture and muscle imbalances caused by daily routines, stress, and sedentary jobs, allowing our bodies to move in a more natural, primal state.

Initially your range of motion may be limited, the more you incorporate functional fitness into your routine, the more your muscles and joints will loosen up, increasing your ability to move freely and with ease.

To see improvements in strength, stamina and performance of everyday activities add the following exercises into your workout:

Hip opener: Tight hips can cause lower back pain and hinder your movement. This exercise opens the hips and strengthens the core muscles. If you commute to work or sit at a desk all day this exercise should be a staple in your fitness regime.

Lunge and twist: Adding a twist to your lunge will activate more muscles within the core, hips and thighs, build greater strength in your lower body and help improve your hip stability, balance and coordination.

Squat with overhead lift: This exercise strengthens your legs, glutes, lower back, arms and shoulders. Picking anything heavy up like your kids or shoveling snow will become easier after mastering this move.

Balancing table pose: This dynamic exercise lengthens and strengthens just about every muscle in your body. It's great for realigning the spine while improving balance, focus and coordination.