The Surprising Secret to Work-Life Balance

Between your job, taking care of the kids, hanging out with your friends and significant other, and making time for hobbies and some quality Netflix marathoning, who has the time or energy to add one more thing to their to-do lists?

It turns out adding one more thing will actually help you feel more in control of your work-life balance, according to researchers—and that one thing is exercise.

Trying to make time to hit the treadmill seems like it would add more stress to an already-packed schedule, but scientists found that exercisers actually experience less stress at work and have more confidence when it comes to handling conflicts between work and family. “We think exercise is a way to psychologically detach from work — you’re not there physically and you’re not thinking about it either,” study researcher Russell Clayton says. “And, furthermore, it can help us feel good about ourselves.”

It’s an exciting finding, especially considering research last year that found that people say work-life balance is the top indicator of career success—even more so than money or recognition.

Need help fitting exercise into your day? Check out our 25 tips for making time for fitness.



Kamia T.
Kamia T.2 years ago

This is why many larger companies are adding gyms to their facilities, to alleviate the stress they create with their demands, and most health insurance policies now also cover gym memberships or other exercise perks. Our bodies weren't meant to sit 10 hours a day. They need to keep moving to keep healthy, let alone our minds sane.

Michele Lavigne
Michele Lavigne2 years ago

Exercise is the best way to make you healthy physically and mentally. It will also make the positive energy to flow inside you and keep you away from the negative thoughts.

Don Swanz
Don Swanz2 years ago

TANIA S: ATTITUDE is 98% of the battle and when you start with a "negative attitude", you've already lost the battle. Don and WE CAN! :-))

Tania S.
Tania S.2 years ago

easier said than done.

Iona Kentwell
Iona Kentwell2 years ago

Everyone who exercises regularly knows this and the rest of us suspect it's probably true and wishes there was something easier!

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 years ago

Thank you.

Debbie Miller
Debbie Miller2 years ago

ah, exercise, bring it on! thanks for the sharing

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 years ago

Thank you.

Judy Apelis
Judy A.2 years ago

thank you

Franck R.
Frank R.2 years ago

Thank you