Pump Iron and Pump Up Your Wages

Brent Pittman —  06/11/2012


Do you want a raise? A new study by Vasilios Kosteas of Cleveland State University shows that by exercising 3x a week can earn you 9% more than your non exercising coworkers.

Yes, working out pays! This study didn’t account for how people looked as a result of the study, but only for time spent exercising. To qualify for the study the participants had to exercise for a minimum of 3x a week for 1 hour.

Want a 9% Raise? Hit the Gym

More Health and Financial Benefits of Exercise

  • Lower healthcare costs due to increased health.
  • Decrease of stress and anxiety.
  • Increased energy and productivity.
  • Increased focus.
  • Better educated and informed by all the books, podcasts, and magazines you can read/listen to while exercising.
  • More time for idea generation when exercising.
  • Mingle and network with other higher wage earners.
  • Increased discipline.

Do you exercise regularly? What do you think about the correlation between exercise and higher pay? 

Photo Credit  Gudlyf

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Brent is a financial coach and writer looking for the perfect donut. He believes personal finance should be both fun and accessible to anyone willing to learn.
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  • Maria@moneyprinciple

    This actually makes sense; I always work better after a run (after a very long run). It is the good chemicals that make you more focused and productive (and loyal). My son’s workplace has a gym and the membership is $4 per month – what an employer, I say.

    • Wow! $4 a month is a good cup of coffee. I’m sure your son’s employer knows that healthy employees keep down company insurance costs too!