Regular Exercise Linked to Success in Life

David L. Johanson |

It should be no surprise to hear that exercise is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle.  With the help of a balanced diet, exercise can help you achieve personal fitness goals, whether you want to lose those extra pounds before swimsuit season or get the six-pack abs you have always wanted.  The list of positive benefits does not stop with physical fitness.  Regular exercise can also provide psychological benefits such as:

  • Improved mood
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Enhanced brain function
  • Reduced mental fatigue
  • Diminished anxiety

These are all very good reasons to stop reading this article and head to the gym.  If they are not motivation enough, then consider this: regular exercise has been linked to higher salaries.  According to a study published in the Journal of Labor Research, employees who exercise regularly (at least three hours each week) earn more, on average, than employees who do not.

Previous studies tried to confirm the relationship between exercise and income but proved merely that regular exercise was correlated to a higher salary.  Vasilios Kosteas of Cleveland State University used ‘propensity-score matching’ to compare employees with similar work ethics and backgrounds (health history, education, experience, etc.).  When exercise was the only independent variable, Kosteas found that people who exercise regularly earned nine percent more, on average, than those who did not exercise.  The study also found that employees who did not have a history of healthy behavior saw an increase in productivity after starting a regular exercise routine, and they often got a raise.

Of course, as with many things, individual results will vary.  Regardless, one thing is for certain.  Exercise has been linked to many positive effects on the human body and mind, so do yourself a favor and start working out regularly.  If it does not show in your paycheck, it may provide benefits in the form of lower healthcare bills and increased longevity.

Talk to you soon…. For now, I am going on a long walk.