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

Reps, muscle groups and bench presses are common phrases andexercises that are recognizable and synonymous with "getting inshape." But a new trend in corporate fitness is emerging that not onlymakes getting in shape more approachable, but also supportseveryday activities, and better prevents on-the-job injuries. Thefocus of this new trend is on mobilization and movement. And it's atrend I envision having staying power.

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

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