First Person: Did Working Out Boost My Salary?

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There are a few things you can do to score a raise: work hard, show up on time, impress the boss, and apparently exercise.

According to CNNMoney there is a new study out that says regular exercise can lead to higher pay. Cleveland State researcher Vasilios Kosteas conducted the study and found that working out three or more times each week led to 6 percent higher pay for men and 10 percent higher pay for women.

While I've heard that being more physically fit can lead to promotions, this study isn't linked to that theory. Instead, Kosteas says that the regular work outs boost productivity in the office. And more productive workers often receive more raises and have a higher salary.

I recently received a raise. It was unexpected, since I had just started my new job a few months before, but I was called to a video conference meeting with my supervisor and given a 3 percent raise out of the blue. My supervisor told me that my productivity levels played a big part in his decision.

So far, I have not missed a day of work. I've also managed to get all of my work done on time, and typically I'm a few days ahead on what needs to get done. And while I do work out three times a week, I never really considered the correlation between my gym routine and my work life, but it makes sense.

A few years ago I was in a highly stressful job, working 50 hours or more each week, and telling myself I didn't have time to go to the gym. I was out of shape, full of excuses, and barely making it through my work day. Now I'm in a less stressful environment, working out on a regular basis, and happy with my work life. And while working out does give me more energy throughout the day, I'm not sure that is why my salary just increased.

After all, stress was a large factor in why my productivity suffered so much at my last job. When you don't like what you do, you dread going to work in the morning. After a few months of that and you'll do the bare minimum just to keep from being fired. I see how the study makes the link between physical fitness and higher salaries, but I think there is a lot more to it than a simple formula.

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