Stress affects most people at some point in their lives, and has an adverse impact on work performance, health, happiness and relationships.

Exercise has long been considered one of the most effective ways to relieve stress, and recent research has revealed that extreme physical challenges could take you one step closer to achieving a healthy work-life balance.

The combination of speed, strength and stamina exerted throughout an OCR event will cause your brain to release endorphins, chemicals with a similar feel-good effect to morphine.

Coupled with the rush of adrenaline, these will boost your positivity and refresh your mind, leaving you ready to tackle Monday morning head-on.

Recent research at Cardiff University shows that physical pain provides an outlet to escape from the stress of busy modern life, leaving you fulfilled and exhilarated.

Similarly, extreme exertion counter-balances the inactivity of time spent in the office, allowing you to take out your frustrations and start the next week feeling positive, productive and energised.

The extreme nature of an obstacle course empowers you to explore your limits and realise your capabilities. By taking on an obstacle that at first seems impossible, you’ll gain resilience and self-esteem that will translate into other aspects of your life, such as challenges at work.

By boosting your positivity, refreshing your mind, relieving the anxieties of modern life and building your resilience, taking on an OCR could be your next step to maximising efficiency, productivity and satisfaction at work. Take that step and sign up now – what are you waiting for?

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