Workouts DO Help Balance Your Life!

Are you under the impression that working out only inhibits your ability to do the things you need to do, like take care of your family and succeed at your woman workoutjob?  Well according to a new study by Harvard Business Review, working out regularly actually helps you balance work and family!  Here is an excerpt from the article…

That’s a somewhat counterintuitive finding. An exercise regimen is, after all, yet another draw on scarce time – and often deleted from professionals’ lives for exactly that reason. How could adding it to an already busy schedule help resolve work/home tradeoffs?

The pathways became evident in our research. First, and least surprisingly, exercise reduces stress, and lower stress makes the time spent in either realm more productive and enjoyable. In Luke’s words, “exercise allows me to leave my cares behind and provides me with time to think.” A reduction in stress is tantamount to an expansion of time.

Second, we found exercise helping work-home integration via increased self-efficacy. The term refers to the sense that one is capable of taking things on and getting them done – and although self-efficacy is a matter of self-perception, it has real impact on reality.

So get out there and get fit – physically and mentally! 

Read the full article here.

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