Boffins in the US say they’ve found a link between the amount of exercise a person does and the amount of money they earn.
A survey of 2,000 Americans revealed those who say they exercise regularly make $74,000 on average, while those who say they never exercise make $49,000 in comparison. That’s a whopping $25,000 difference.
The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of fitness app Freeletics, surveyed 1,000 people who regularly exercise and 1,000 people who ‘sometimes’ or ‘never ‘exercise in order to examine the overall impact a regular exercise routine can have on your life.
The results also split the 1,000 respondents who regularly exercise by how they described their typical workout and showed that those who have a higher intensity workout tend to be more well-off in the salary department as well.
As an example, if you consider yourself somebody who typically does a low-intensity workout, throwing some HIIT (high-intensity interval training) sessions into your normal routine could stand to net you an extra $13,000 a year on average, according to the data.
Those who said they typically do low-intensity workouts make $54,000 on average, compared to medium-intensity exercisers who make $67,000, and high-intensity exercisers who make a substantial $83,000.
But money isn’t the only area of your life that can benefit from regular exercise – according to the results, those who say they exercise regularly also have more sex.
In fact, 34 per cent of those who regularly exercise have sex several times a week, compared to just 15 percent of those who never work out. One in four of those who never work out also never have sex. Compare that to just 5 per cent who exercise often.
Attitude and mentality are further aspects of life that are greatly affected by a regular exercise routine, with those who exercise regularly being more likely to consider themselves confident, goal-oriented, and risk-takers.
The survey went on to explore what people consider the biggest signs that somebody has their life together and found that owning a house was the top sign of having your life in order (50 per cent).
43 per cent said following through on plans was a big sign, followed by, you guessed it, having a regular exercise routine (38 perc ent).
TOP 20 SIGNS SOMEONE HAS THEIR LIFE TOGETHER
Owns a house 50%
Follows through on plans 43%
Regular exercise routine 38%
High paying job 38%
Eats healthy 37%
Owns a car 33%
Wears nice clothes 33%
Maintains eye contact 31%
Smells good 27%
Has a nice hair cut 26%
Regularly travels 24%
They’re early to work 23%
Nice shoes 23%
Reads books 23%
Up to date on politics/news 21%
Drinks a lot of water 21%
Wakes up before 7am 19%
Doesn’t drink heavily 19%
Owns a pet 17%
ANNUAL SALARY AVERAGE BY EXERCISE FREQUENCY
I often exercise: $73,706
I sometimes exercise: $56,011
I never exercise: $49,152
ANNUAL SALARY AVERAGE BY EXERCISE INTENSITY