Exercises in the Workplace Improves Mood

Posted by on Thursday, May 30, 2013

Researcher J. Carson Smith, as assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, recently released results of a study connecting exercise and mood. The study show that exercise not only helps reduce stress but also reduces anxiety and improves mood.

Smith explains that there are a number of studies that correlate exercise to mood improvement, but prior to his study it was unclear, “whether these positive effects endure when we’re faced with everyday stressors once we leave the gym.” In Smith study project, participants were required to participate in 30-miniutes of supervised exercise or 30 minutes of cycling o two days. Each participant was subjected to anxiety testing prior to entering the exercise programs. Another anxiety test followed the two-day exercise.

Three Levels of Anxiety Testing

After the post-exercise anxiety testing, participants were then asked to view a series of pleasant photos about babies, families and puppies interspersed with unpleasant images about violence and illness and neutral images about appetizing meals, furniture and the like. After these viewings, another round of anxiety testing was undergone.

Interestingly, anxiety testing after exercise showed stress and anxiety were reduced while positive attitude was improved. Exercise and quiet rest produced the same results.

After participants who enjoyed quiet rest, viewed the series of images, their anxiety levels returned to pre-rest levels almost immediately. After persons who had exercised viewed the same images, they maintained their post-exercise tranquility by a wide margin.

Deeper Than Stress Relief

Group Fitness TrainingStress relief has long been recognized as a health, mind and body benefit. The Smith study proves what fitness trainers have known for a long time. People who take care of their bodies are productive, balanced and stable.

Given these facts, it is surprising that more businesses do not underwrite more fitness memberships for employees. In addition to helping create more productive employees, fitness programs also reduce lost time to illness and help reduce chronic disease risks.

Businesses large and small invest in team training exercises and activities but might find the same results over a longer periods of time for supporting employees in their fitness training initiatives.

Likewise, government would do well to allow employees that do underwrite fitness training for employees with tax breaks. Think about the health advantages of a less stressed population. How could government and business go wrong?

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