By Joel Heywood - Talent Solutions Consultant at Iridium 
 
“Ever since I was a child I have always been involved with a sport or some form of training. 
In recent years, my focus has been on boxing, triathlon, and strength training. I aim to do one hour per day as a minimum with one ‘rest day’ per week, ramping up to two sessions per day if I’m building up to a race or event. I don’t think I have gone longer than seven days in the past decade without getting out and doing something active. It’s a healthy addiction…” 
 
Exercise is 100% key to managing my stress and mental wellbeing 
 
“The endorphins work wonders. I’m up and out early for runs, which I think is the best way for anybody to start a day, with weight training or boxing in the evening. 
 
Of course, dark, wintery mornings can make it harder to initially get up and out – but once you are, I think it's even more rewarding and actually easier to get through workouts in colder temperatures.” 
 
I see exercise as a form of self-development and discipline 
 
“Not just physical, but mental even more so. For me, it’s one piece of the puzzle in order to live a happy and fulfilled life. I also remind myself regularly how fortunate I am to be injury-free, with no impairments - and therefore no excuses.” 
 
Businesses have a role to play in minimising stress through exercise 
 
“A lot of the team at Iridium are highly active which is great. We’ve had a couple of colleagues recently run high-profile marathons for charity, which the company promotes and supports. And for those less competitive types, Iridium also offers gym membership to all local employees. 
 
Offering gym memberships or facilities that can be used on a regular and flexible basis is the ideal way for companies to take care of their employees’ well-being. Providing some free time, whether it be daily, weekly or quarterly, to inspire team members to take part in something active can also go a long way. I think team events, for example, the Tough Mudder or Total Warrier race, are brilliant ways to strengthen the bond of a workforce.” 
 
And finally 
 
“All that said, you don’t need to compete to be active. I’d advise anyone, of any age and condition, to find something they love, whether it's walking, running, swimming, cycling, martial arts, pilates, yoga, or a sport, and build time into their week to get it done and assess how it makes them feel over time – I guarantee they won't regret it. 
 
At age 30, I have never once regretted stepping out of my comfort zone. Start somewhere small with whatever it is you want to do and constantly aim higher." 
 
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