London: Here`s the ultimate motivation for regular exercising - apart from helping you stay fit, workouts can also boost your pay packet, a new study has claimed.
Researchers at Cleveland State University have carried out the study and found that jogging, swimming or even lifting weights in the gym at least three times a week could increase one`s income by up to nine per cent.
In fact, doing moderate exercises such as a regular brisk walk also has a positive effect on earnings, the study claims. For their study, the researchers thoroughly analysed two sets of questionnaires in the US, involving over 12,000 people. Details about salaries and the extent to which people exercised were analysed.
They found that people exercising three times a week could expect a salary between six and nine per cent greater than those who do not. And, for those exercising between one and three times a month, the benefit was still an additional five per cent, the `Daily Mail` reported.
Previous researches found exercises to be an important tool for managing everything from stress and depression to healing injuries and preventing disease. But, this study is probably the first to establish a link between workouts and a person`s income.
"In addition to the positive impacts on heart health, weight and other medical issues, studies show that exercise leads to improved mental function, psychological condition and higher energy levels.
"All three of these traits can translate into higher earnings," lead researcher Dr Vasilios Kosteas was quoted by the British newspaper as saying.