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Keeping fit can boost your career

26th March 2014

Keeping fit and healthy can massively benefit your career, according to a new study.

Researchers from Ohio University have suggested that people who work out at least three times a week are likely to achieve a nine per cent higher salary as a result.

This is reportedly because those who exercise regularly are able to work harder due to the physical and mental benefits of being fit and healthy. Fit staff are often viewed by employers as more determined and dedicated as well, it was claimed.

According to The Mail Online, the researchers came to their conclusion by sending questionnaires regarding activity levels and earnings to 12,000 people. The results indicate that a gym membership could well prove to be a healthy investment for your bank balance.

In an interview with aol.co.uk, the study's lead author Dr Vasilios Kosteas explained: "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."

The study also showed that exercising as little as once a week could still help to boost annual earnings by up to five per cent. This could be the motivation that Brits need in order to maintain their New Year's keep fit resolutions.