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How Regular Exercise Helps You Balance Work and Family (article recommendation)

By Cinda Voegtli

Don't think of exercise "yet one more thing to fit in" to our busy days. Regular exercise actually can play a direct role in reducing our sense of conflict between work and home responsibilities. 

So says this nice article from HBR.org that aims to shift our thinking about exercise relates to the ability to achieve both quality work and home/family life. 

From the author:  "New research by my colleagues and I...demonstrates a clear relationship between physical activity that is planned, structured, repetitive, and purposive – to use Caspersen and colleagues’ seminal definition of exercise – and one’s ability to manage the intersection between work and home."

The article discuss key points including WHY that specific definition of exercise is key to getting those direct work/life balance benefits from physical activities (and not just the commonly-discussed aspect of physical stress reduction.) 

I personally found it useful because though I currently try to fit in physical activity each week, I do not consistently achieve that definition of exercise.  (It's just way too easy to blow off a workout or class to knock more things off my to-do list when i'm feeling stressed about how much there is to do.)  So I am probably unwittingly missing out on some really important support for my own sense of work/life balance.

Something to think about!  https://hbr.org/2014/01/how-regular-exercise-helps-you-balance-work-and-family/

 

 

 



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