How To Avoid Burning Out At Work

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Burnout — it's a major concern in offices across the country right now. It refers to the negative health impacts that work has on employees, especially when it comes to stress. The American Institute of Stress goes so far as to define burnout as a "disabling reaction to stress on the job."

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As this problem continues to rise (almost half of American workers have reportedly experienced burnout), it's important to know how to reduce, or even avoid, work-related stress. A commonly held belief is that one of the simplest ways to de-stress is exercising, and a recent study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health put that bit of advice to the test.

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The study observed three groups of workers and how aerobics, resistance training, and remaining sedentary affected their stress levels. In a not-so-surprising turn of events, the groups that participated in exercise programs reported less stress and a greater sense of well-being overall. The group that remained seated, unfortunately, remained as burned-out as they ever were. Maybe time to up your exercise this week?

Click through to Shape for more on the study and how to incorporate a quick workout into your workday. (Shape)

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