Exercise plays a vital role in keeping us disease-proof. The Brutal Fitness Challenge is an event that encompasses a life of fitness and wellness. Our fitness programs not only prepares you for the obstacle course, they help bring about a healthier lifestyle. A strong body means a stronger resistance to infection, as well as a greater speed of recovery if you do fall ill.

Fitness and wellness is going to become a matter of life and death for Americans who plan to have a defense against future pandemics and chronic diseases. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore, and are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex, or physical ability. 

Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality from many chronic diseases. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic illnesses that can be prevented or improved through regular physical activity:

  • 12.6 million people have coronary heart disease.
  • 1.1 million people suffer from a heart attack in a given year.
  • 17 million people have diabetes; about 90% to 95% of cases are type 2 diabetes, which is associated with obesity and physical inactivity; approximately 16 million people have prediabetes.
  • 107,000 people are newly diagnosed with colon cancer each year.
  • 300,000 people suffer from hip fractures each year.
  • 50 million people have high blood pressure: and
  • Nearly 50 million adults or 27% of the adult population, are obese; overall more than 108 million adults, or 61% of the adult population are either obese or overweight.

There are studies that link sedentary lifestyles to 23 percent of deaths from major chronic diseases. For example, physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of developing or dying from heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure. On average, people who are physically active outlive those who are inactive. 

Despite the well-known benefits of physical activity, most adults and many children lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle and are not active enough to achieve these health benefits. A sedentary lifestyle is defined as engaging in no leisure-time physical activity (exercises, sports, physically active hobbies) in a two-week period.