Apparently, a study in the June issue of the Journal of Labor and Research, as reported by SmartMoney, found that workers who exercise regularly earn 9 percent more than inactive workers. WHAT?! Well, I’m sure you’ve heard there’s a correlation between attractiveness and higher pay, and obesity and lower pay. So, this should come at no surprise. Unfortunately, I’m sure some companies use the appearance of health/fitness to either not hire/fire or deny promotions to individuals – consciously or unconsciously.
The findings of this study actually reminded of some thoughts I had when I first started a previous job. So many of my co-workers were serious weekend warriors: there were many who jogged and regularly ran in road races, those who worked out in the gym during lunch (myself included), and someone who even completed a full Ironman. It was normal to hear people talking about their new workout or their new diet with more protein. Fitness is a huge deal in the U.S. these days, so it’s no surprise that it’s become the topic of regular conversation. Nevertheless, the lack of a consuming interest in fitness should not affect one’s earning potential. What say you?