It's a good thing you've been working out... because according to a study in the June issue of the Journal of Labor Research, you'll need those muscles to lift your heavy paycheck.
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The study from Cleveland State University found that employees who work out at least three times a week earn 9 percent more--about $80 a week--than those who don't work out as regularly. And workers who go to the gym less frequently--even just one to three times per month--still make about 5 percent more than employees who don't work out at all.
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Why? According to Vasilios Kosteas, Ph.D., economics professor at Cleveland State University and one of the study's authors, research has found that exercise--defined in this study as aerobics, running, swimming, or cycling--increases your intelligence, positive attitude, and energy levels. "Each of these factors in turn can raise a person's productivity, leading to higher earnings" on the job, he says.
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In other words: if exercise is making you feel good, you may do your job better--and that could translate to a higher salary.
Very interesting. What you think about the study? Do you buy it?
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