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Whether you work for yourself or have a boss, the stress from our work and business life can be overwhelming. Stress, chronic stress in particular, can also be severely detrimental to your health. Many illnesses and health problems are caused or worsened by stress. The good news is that exercise is a straightforward and great way to get rid of this stress. Here are three ways to relieve business stress with exercise and how to include exercise in your daily routine.

#1 Get outside and walk.

Walking accomplishes a number of things. It’s a great way to clear your head. You also receive heart health and lung health benefits from moving your body. And walking isn’t something you have to suit up for or join a gym for. It’s easy. Just lace up your shoes and get outside for 10, 20, 30 minutes or more. Exercise releases hormones, endorphins, into your body and brings about a sense of calm and focus.

#2 Get up and move your body at least once an hour.

Sitting actually causes your body and metabolism to slow down, which makes it more difficult to focus. Get up and move your body for a few minutes every hour to help separate yourself from your work and to help you focus, and it will help you reduce muscle tension which can increase due to stress.

#3 Exercise can also help you diffuse anger.

Have a co-worker, client or vendor that’s driving you mad?  This kind of stress can build up in your shoulders, neck and even your internal organs. Fatigue, ulcers and a lower immune system can all be caused by stress. Getting regular exercise can help reduce frustration and diffuse anger.

The key to getting regular exercise is to find fitness programs or routines that you enjoy and that fit into your schedule. Walking is often an easy one and as we stated in #1, you don’t need special gear or a gym membership to walk. That being said, walking may not be something that excites you. Or maybe you live in a wet or cold area and walking outside isn’t enjoyable. Here are some other options to consider:

  • Dancing
  • Yoga
  • Running
  • Boxing/Kickboxing
  • Aerobics
  • Team sports like volleyball, soccer, or softball
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Weight lifting

If you’re unsure of the type of exercise that’s right for you, spend some time figuring it out. The process can be fun and it’ll help reduce that business stress while you’re at it. When deciding what works best for you, consider if you like to exercise alone or with others, find support or camaraderie to help motivate you and praise yourself for the effort. Exercise is fantastic for reducing business stress, but it also has numerous other benefits including weight loss, longer life and a better immune system.

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