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Health News: Exercise Can Alleviate Work-Life Balance Stress

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Is the tug-of-war between work and home life stressing you out? There's a simple way to combat it, according to a study published in the journal Human Resources Management. The solution: Lace up your gym shoes and work out.

Researchers analyzed surveys from 476 employed adults. Of the survey participants, 55 percent were female. The average age was 41, and they worked an average of 40 hours a week. Twenty-nine percent of the participants had one child under the age of 18 living at home. 

The surveys asked questions about exercise habits and how confident participants felt dealing with work and life conflicts. They found that people who worked out regularly felt more confident when dealing with issues at both work and home. 

We already know that exercise can ease stress, but the work-life balance connection brings a new view to working out and easing stress. Although there wasn't a conclusive cause-and-effect connection found from the study, it's promising.

The takeaway: If you're not already exercising, add some exercise to your day. This can be as simple as taking a walk at lunch or a quick jog at night to ease mental and physical stress and clear your mind. 

Tags: Stress, Pressure, Home, Work, Family