Exercise 'helps reduce stress and emotional problems'

Exercise can help tackle stress and emotional problems in the workplace, according to Ann Finnemore, a hypnotherapist and stress manager.

She noted that exercise enables people to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

"The main reason for this is that exercising causes the brain to release endorphins - the body's own 'feel good' chemicals. These chemicals naturally lift a person's mood and makes them feel better," she explained.

Her comments come after researchers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and the University of Vermont in Burlington, found that regular physical activity may help people with depression and anxiety problems.

Ms Finnemore advised employees to take 30 minutes of exercise, three times a week.

"Remember, this doesn't have to be sport or gym activity – it can be gardening, brisk walking, even housework so long as it's done at a pace which can be classed as aerobic," she said.

However, she cautioned against exercising excessively as it can be "stressful for the body and can weaken a person's health".

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Interesting that recent talk has been about legislating healthy lifestyles.