The Effect Of Fitness On Stress In The Workplace

How to combat your employee’s stress with a regular fitness plan.

The holiday season offers a great opportunity to bring your employees together in company-wide events and even celebrate the success and achievement from the year before. Whether your company is slowing down after a busy winter season or you are planning to get a running head start into 2012, one thing is for sure?the holiday season can be a great time of stress for both yourself and your employees.




Stress in a person’s life can be caused by many different things, whether it is the simple anxiety of preparing for the holidays, or it is triggered by a positive situation, such as a job promotion or moving to a new department. In this difficult economy, many businesses are finding it harder than ever to cope with the rising amount of stress in the workplace, from both the head of their departments and their employees.


While some stress is a normal part of the business world, excessive stress can interfere with your employees physical and emotional health, which in turn can have a significant effect on their productivity and drive. The fact is that many employees in the work place?regardless of seniority, salary levels or occupation?are spending more and more of their work days feeling frazzled and stressed, rather than alert and relaxed.


Luckily, there are several different ways in which you can help to manage the workplace stress that affects your team and your employees. Many of these stress management techniques require focus on one simple objective that will help to motivate your staff and improve their overall health and well-being, such as an employer-sponsored health programs.


Effect of Exercise On Stress


It is no secret that physical exercise and fitness has a positive effect on stress and can help to calm the mind and relax the body. In fact, even a simple ten-minute warm up that gets the heart pumping is enough to mobilize the joints, release tension and feed the bodies muscles with blood and positive nutrients.  A challenging workout will not only give your employees an opportunity to clear their mind and release any tension in their bodies, but it will also cheer them up. Many studies have shown that when you exercise, your body releases natural endorphins into your brain?our body’s “feel good” hormones.


Stress in The Workplace


Many companies that have implemented employer-sponsored wellness programs, such as the ones offered at Walkingspree, have found that employees who exercise regularly have improved decision making, greater concentration and have a significant drop in absenteeism. The ability to manage the stress and environment of your employees can not only benefit the health and wellness of your staff, but it can also make a big different between their success and failure on the job.


If you are interested in learning more about the many benefits that Walkingspree’s award winning corporate wellness program can offer your business, be sure to contact us today to learn about what our comprehensive program can do for you and your employees.


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