Find out what it takes to blow off some steam—the healthy way
If you’ve been blowing your top at your employees lately, go for a quick run. Researchers at Northern Illinois University recently discovered that managers who exercised for even 30 minutes once or twice a week were less likely to be abusive toward subordinates than those who were more sedentary. “Being active buffers the tendency to have outbursts,” says lead author James Burton, Ph.D. Exercise appears to minimize the negative effects of stress, he explains, reducing heart rate, calming you down, and improving your mood. To avoid venting your frustrations on others, practice yoga in the morning or let off some steam at a lunchtime group- cycling class. Both your coworkers and your waistline will thank you.