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March 23, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Do exercise and earn more money


 So, 3 months into 2014 and how are the resolutions going? Have you stopped smoking? Are you still going to the gym/going running? Are you earning more money? Have you lost weight?


Whilst pausing for a breather in the corner of the gym this morning, I saw a reference to an article published in 2012 by the Journal of Labor Research: workers who exercise regularly earn on average 9% more than those who don’t.


This sort of finding though is not completely new. Previously studies had already showed that people who are not in good shape tend to earn less. One study found that obese women earned, on average, 18% less than those who were not obese. Those who were overweight also had 25% less family income. However, it has often been difficult to determine a direct link between exercise and higher salaries; some suggested that the competencies displayed by regular gym users could be the cause of higher salaries, rather than the act of exercise itself: if exercisers are more disciplined than their lazier colleagues, then they might earn more simply because they are better workers. However, there now appears to be a definite link between earnings and exercise.


In the latest study, each subject was scored on how well they fitted the profile of a regular exerciser (whether or not they actually exercised). By comparing subjects with similar scores, only some of whom exercise, the study found that those who exercised regularly earned 9% more than those that didn’t.


For organisations still not promoting the benefits of being in good shape to their staff, exercise has long been shown to boost mental functions and energy levels whilst also improving general mood and state of happiness. To that end, it is possible that regular exercise also makes workers more valuable to companies.


Engaging in regular exercise yields a 6% to 10% salary increase. The results of the recent study demonstrated that while even moderate exercise produces a positive impact upon earnings, frequent exercise generates an even greater impact. So if exercise was missed off your list of resolutions, or if it slipped off the priority list as winter gave way to spring, maybe it’s time you planned on what you would like to spend the extra 9% on, and then get moving!



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March 23, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

A thought to start the week – your goals

The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.


Jordan Belfort


How are your goals going?




March 2, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Inspiring hope – a different view of our generation

Over the last few days, I’ve come across a poem that was being claimed across some social networks as evoking emotions, giving people chills, and being a technically excellent piece of work. A poem written by a 14 year old boy has been retweeted more than 120,000 times.


At first read, the poem sounds like the typical, plain but simple dissection of the 21st century lost generation. However, bear with me, read it until the end, and then follow the short one line instruction. Maybe it can help to inspire hope in our generation:


Our generation will be known for nothing.

Never will anybody say,

We were the peak of mankind.

That is wrong, the truth is

Our generation was a failure.

Thinking that

We actually succeeded

Is a waste. And we know

Living only for money and power

Is the way to go.

Being loving, respectful, and kind

Is a dumb thing to do.

Forgetting about that time,

Will not be easy, but we will try.

Changing our world for the better

Is something we never did.

Giving up

Was how we handled our problems.

Working hard

Was a joke.

We knew that

People thought we couldn’t come back

That might be true,

Unless we turn things around


(Now, read it again, only this time from bottom to top)


It bears remarkable similarities to another poem I came across a few years back titled, The Lost Generation, by Johnathan Reed.

Happy Sunday



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