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Kathryn Gentile, ACSM-CEP, EIM II, CPT, CSNC, DCES

The number of people struggling with work-related anxiety has risen around the world since the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is highlighted in a recent poll that reported 80% of American workers suffer from some type of work anxiety. In a recent study, Swedish researchers followed 395,369 people over 21 years and found that those with an active lifestyle(skiers) were 60% less likely to develop anxiety compared to the less physically active group(non-skiers) in both males and females. 

Research is promising that physical activity both decreases the risk and helps with symptoms of mental health disorders. This is largely due to the fact that when we exercise, we produce endorphins that reduce feelings of stress and pain and mood-enhancing hormones are stimulated. These benefits provide energy and focus that can help us with work productivity and managing stressors. Additionally, exercise is a great distraction. jogging fo health

Here’s some easy to incorporate suggestions to get you moving more:

  • Take the stairs 
  • Walk around during phone calls
  • Work standing rather than seated
  • Take walk breaks 
  • Shake your leg when you’re seated (I know this drives tons of people nuts but…..)
  • Park your car far away 
  • Incorporate short exercise bursts throughout your day (ex. 15 jumping jacks every 2 hours)

For more information visit:

Lower Your Risk Of Developing Anxiety By Almost 60% With Regular Exercise

The Power of a Healthy Diet, Regular Exercise, Stress Relief, and Weight Control

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