... by fitting in exercise.
The frantic corporate & social whirlwind that many
professionals find themselves living in Britain in 2012, it is no
surprise that physical activity falls down the priority pecking
order… but as all the evidence suggests, it can play one of the
most important roles in helping you to deal with modern day
stresses and maxisiming your effectiveness both at work and at
Now let me firstly set the scene. This is not a 'righteous rant'
by a gym maniac who fits in 20 hours exercise a week and can't wait
for the next sprint triathlon! I'm an extremely busy 32 year
old, with a daughter of 4, a wife who works full time (as well as
trying to fit in re-training to be a solicitor) and a list of jobs
outside of the office, that never seem to get done. As
part of a successful growing business, the demands on my time are
probably similar to all of you who find the idea of a trying to add
anything additional to a normal week, a ridiculous concept.
That said, never has my exercise been more important or
valuable to me.
Research suggests exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, has
consistently been shown to be effective in helping individuals
manage stress. Research also indicates that exercise seems to
relieve mild depression, elevate mood and help people maintain
their 'cool' during trying times.
So why make the effort?
Exercise can help you feel less anxious.
Exercise is being prescribed in clinical settings to help treat
nervous tension. Following a session of exercise, clinicians have
measured a decrease in electrical activity of tensed muscles.
People have been observed to be less jittery and hyperactive after
an exercise session.
Exercise can help relax you.
One exercise session generates 90 to 120 minutes of relaxation
response. Some people call this post-exercise euphoria or the
endorphin response. We now know that many neurotransmitters, not
just endorphins, are involved. The important thing is not what
they're called, but what they do - they improve your mood and leave
you feeling more relaxed.
Exercise can help make you feel better about
Think about those times when you've been physically active.
Haven't you felt better about yourself? Those feelings of
accomplishment and greater self-worth contribute to stress
Exercise can encourage you to eat better.
People who exercise regularly tend to eat more nutritious food.
And it's no secret that good nutrition helps your body manage
In this potentially highly stressful working world,
executives are taking steps to relieve anxiety and promote
emotional well being, with the idea that doing so will make them
more productive and motivated. Add to this the obvious health
benefits and exercise, whether that's yoga or squash, football or
fencing it is vital to obtain a balance and keep the stress levels
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