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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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