Decrease your Risk for Work-Related Anxiety with Exercise
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.
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)
Kathryn Gentile is a clinical exercise physiology student from Lancaster, PA who is pursuing her Master’s degree and also working towards becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator. Additionally, she is an ACSM-CEP(clinical exercise physiologist), Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Sports Nutritionist.