Manage Work-Related Stress!

by Silvio Bianculli on October 18, 2010

A British study indicated that busy professionals who exercised during the day felt more productive and were less likely to yell at colleagues or slam down the phone after they had worked up a sweat.

Researchers surveyed some 200 professionals in three different places –

  • a computer company
  • life insurance agency and
  • university

– about their job performance and moods in relation to days when they exercised at work and days they didn’t. Participants were allowed to partake in any kind of physical activity; most of them spent 30-60 minutes at lunch doing everything from yoga to strength training to basketball.

The results proved none-too-surprising:

Six out of 10 participants admitted their mental skills and ability to meet deadlines improved on days they exercised.
The beneficial effect of exercise on mood and performance continued regardless of how long participants exercised or what they did; researchers explained even short stints of activity (i.e. a brisk walk during lunch or choosing the stairs instead of the elevator) a few times a day can add up.
Those who exercised also experienced far better moods, were less likely to suffer form the classic “post-lunch dip” and felt more satisfied going home at the end of their workday.

Workplace Exercise Programs?

Researchers hope the findings will motivate companies to offer workplace exercise programs,

  • which may help reduce sick days and
  • cut health-care costs in return.

MSNBC June 14, 2005

“Creating Stress-Free, Productive and Healthy Workforces

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