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World Physical Activity Day: get moving and get happy


Today is World Physical Activity Day; a great excuse (if you needed one!) to get moving, enjoy the sunshine and get happy!

Physical activity is crucial to control stress as it stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s ‘feel good hormones’, therefore improving mood, self confidence and self-esteem. This, in turn, can also improve your perception of a stressful situation and allow you to better manage it.

Exercise also improves your sleep which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All of this can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of control over your body and your life.

Exercise for the purpose of stress relief does not have to be of a certain intensity or duration. It could include a walk at lunchtime or gardening on a sunny evening. Try to ensure your physical activity is outdoors; exercising in the ‘natural environment’ decreases tension, confusion, anger and depression and enhances our personal wellbeing.

Here are some Cognacity tips to relieve stress through physical activity:

  • Working out with a friend, co-worker or family member will bring a new level of motivation and commitment to your workouts.
  • Exercise earlier in the day to improve sleep, which will in turn help to manage your stress levels.
  • Avoid competitive activities if the thought of not performing well will increase your stress levels.
On your feet Britain

On your feet Britain

If you would like to encourage more physical activity in the workplace for your employees, check out the Stay on Your Feet Britain campaign which kicks off on 28th April.

For further information to help assist with performance and resilience in the workplace, please sign-up for our free monthly newsletter: or 020 7182 4132.

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