If the latest findings in the June issue of The Journal of Labor Research are correct, then those who work out regularly at the gym could be earning an average of 9% per year more than their fellow workers who don’t work out. So if you want to achieve your professional goals and earn a better income along the way, then why not give the gym a whirl!
This isn’t the first study to conclude similar findings. There have been many other studies over the years revealing that people who are overweight earn less than their more fit counterparts. According to a 2008 Rudd Center report, overweight job applicants are less likely to be hired and receive more negative reviews. Knowing this statistic can arm you with a bit more ammunition while you’re on the path toward professional goal achievement.
While it is difficult to conclude why this happens, knowing it does, puts you an advantage. It is well known fact that exercise increases mental function, which contributes to better performance at work. Working out also increases energy levels, giving you more stamina. Combine the two and you often have an intellectually capable person who is willing to go the extra mile and do what others are not willing to do. This is a huge success factor in achieving your professional goals. Additionally, exercise increases endorphins, which make people happier and thereby better able to work with other people, a vital characteristic in most employment atmospheres.
Another thought is that people who are committed to a long term consistent work out routine have quite a bit of self-control in order to maintain that kind of schedule. Studies have shown that people with more self-control are much more likely to achieve not only their professional goals but also greater levels of success at work as well.
And while 9% might not seem like a huge number, let’s do the math. Taking a salary of $50, 000 per year, a 9% increase would bring in an additional $4,500 per year. I don’t know about you but I like that. Not only is that more than the cost of most gym membership but you can throw in a couple of self-development classes as well which will help with achieving your professional goals. And if you want to try a a gym for free, there are many gyms that will offer you a complimentary trial membership. Another great deal!
Even if working out didn’t come with an increase in income, I would still continue my workout routine because I love how it makes me look and feel. But just in case the study is right, I’m sticking with it. See you at the gym!