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10 Benefits of an Effective Functional Fitness Program

According to the CDC, physical activity can improve your overall health. But only about 1 In 5 adults meet the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines. The leading causes of death in the U.S. is chronic disease. Lack of exercise puts one at risk to a  cluster of metabolic diseases. At the same time, regular moderate to vigorous physical activity can reduce the risk of metabolic diseases. 

An effective functional fitness program will:

  1. Prevent Chronic Disease or Dysfunction.
  2. Prevent/Correct Musculoskeletal Disorders.
  3. Manage and Reduce Borderline Health Conditions.
  4. Help with post rehabilitation training.
  5. Helps with reduction of or elimination of borderline conditions that can be reversed.
  6. Improves psychological profile.
  7. Improves sleep quality and duration.
  8. Reduce body fat and maintain a healthy body fat.
  9. Improves the cardiovascular system.
  10. Energy expenditure.

On The Flip Side:

Most chronic diseases are caused by a short list of risk behaviors:

  • Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Poor nutrition including diets low in fruits and vegetables and high in sodium and saturated fats. 
  • Lack of physical activity.
  • Excessive alcohol use.

By: Camlin Oliver Jackson, Advanced Health & Fitness Coach

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