Recent research has found that regular exercisers are less likely to experience conflict between their work and home roles. Exercise reduces stress, which makes time at home and at work more productive and enjoyable. You may view an exercise regimen as yet another commitment, but a reduction in stress is tantamount to an expansion of time. People who exercise regularly also feel more capable of taking things on and getting them done, which carries over into both work and home roles.
To add fitness to your schedule, try exercising before your workday starts (it’s so easy to find reasons not to exercise later in the day); high-intensity interval training workouts are effective and fast. Or take a break during your workday to work out, especially if you can take advantage of on-site facilities. You’ll return to your desk ready to tackle that next challenge.
Adapted from “How Regular Exercise Helps You Balance Work and Family” by Russell Clayton.