Woman doing situps The goal of functional exercise is typically to train and develop the muscles in a way that replicates functional, daily activities—at home and at work. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Reps, muscle groups and bench presses are common phrases and exercises that are recognizable and synonymous with “getting in shape.” But a new trend in corporate fitness is emerging that not only makes getting in shape more approachable, but also supports everyday activities, and better prevents on-the-job injuries. The focus of this new trend is on mobilization and movement. And it’s a trend I envision having staying power.

This shift from traditional to functional fitness routines is all about making it easier for employees to do the things they do each day—from carrying the groceries to picking up their children to repetitive tasks on the manufacturing line.

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