• Cycling, swimming, jogging plus a good night’s sleep will prevent angst at home
  • Scientists found a link for those who took more than 10,000 steps each day
  • They claim the extra activity helps neutralize workplace stress from manifesting

James Draper For Mailonline



A brisk walk or a long swim could save you from bringing office angst home to your loved-one, according to new research.

The study shows cycling, swimming, jogging or going to the gym followed by a good night’s sleep are the best ways to stop people taking home their frustrations.

Researchers who tracked participants’ sleep patterns and daytime physical movements found employees who recorded an average of more than 10,900 daily steps were less likely to argue than those recording fewer than 7,000.

Break a sweat: Analysts from the University of Florida found that increased fitness means less fighting between loved ones 

Professor Shannon Taylor, of University of Central Florida’s College of Business Management, said: ‘Research shows employees who are mistreated at work are likely to engage in similar behaviors at home.

‘If they’ve been belittled or insulted by a supervisor, they tend to vent their frustration on members of their household.

‘Our study shows that happens because they’re too tired to regulate their behavior.’

The study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, concludes that sleep and exercise can be used to prevent the spread of harmful behavior.

The participants in the research included 118 MBA students with full-time jobs who took a survey and then wore activity monitors for a week. 

A follow-up survey was then sent to the participants’ cohabitants.

Good advice: The study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, concludes that sleep and exercise can be used to prevent the spread of harmful behaviour

No slacking! People need to rack-up 10,900 or more steps – or 587 calories – to see a difference


Marriage can prevent you from fracturing a hip in your old age, a study claimed in January.

Elderly men are 50 percent less likely to fracture a hip if they are married, while elderly married women cut their risk by 30 percent, researchers found.

Swiss scientists said a possible reason was that seniors who live with their partner are less likely to be malnourished or depressed, making them less frail.

Prof Taylor, who teamed up with researchers from Illinois and Wisconsin for the study, said the findings showed that burning an extra 587 calories can reduce the harmful effects of mistreatment and help prevent it from carrying into the home.

He said those gains can be achieved by an hour of swimming or a brisk 90-minute walk.

Prof Taylor added: ‘The findings are particularly compelling given recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Heart Association to walk between 8,000 and 10,000 steps per day.

‘I also think the study gives us a new perspective on the importance of getting an adequate amount of sleep and exercise. It’s not just good for you, it’s good for your spouse, too.’  

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