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Stress Tip: Spend Time Outdoors

02/19/2015 07:43 am ET | Updated Feb 19, 2015

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Mounting research suggests that prolonged sitting does you no good on any front -- physical or psychological. And if standing up is a good idea, getting outside is an even better one. While stress erodes your energy, moving around -- particularly in the fresh air and ideally near some trees -- can restore it. It can also build your resilience to stress in the process. The calming, energizing effect of nature can only work its magic if you get out in it once in a while.

So rather than worry about whether or not you'll make it to the gym tonight, make it a point instead to get outside at least twice during your workday. You'll be surprised at what a dose of the great outdoors can do even in small increments.

Read more about how to make walking work for you.

--Posted by Lindsay Holmes

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