A recent study published in the Journal of Labor Research found that men who exercise on a regular basis earn, on average, 7% more than their less active counterparts. For women the difference was even greater, with active women earning up to 12% more.
The study begs some interesting questions. What comes first, the exercise or the money? Does exercise enable people to earn more money? Or does earning more money somehow enable or motivate people to exercise?
Both exercise and income are functions of choice; choices we make with our human brain. We know that exercise supports our physical health, but does exercise support the health of our brain and therefore every aspect of our life, including what we earn?
Consider for a moment these 9 risk factors associated with the majority of Alzheimer’s disease cases, a disease which robs the brain of its functional capacity. They are obesity, carotid artery narrowing, low educational attainment, depression, high blood pressure, frailty, smoking habits, high levels of homocysteine (an amino acid), and type 2 diabetes. All but one of these Alzheimer’s risk factors, low education attainment, can be can be minimized or avoided altogether through regular exercise and other lifestyle improvements.
Many people are unaware that the human brain benefits as much, if not more from exercise as does the human body, consequently affecting every single aspect of our lives. Does exercise improve our ability to earn more money? Research clearly shows that exercise is critical brain health, and therefore is critical to our ability to earn money, stay healthy, think clearly and age successfully.
Listen to Billy the Coach discuss exercise and earning with Kim Carrigan on WRKO Boston: http://media.wrko.com/a/108547370/billy-sheehan-on-exercise-impact-on-earnings-8-24-15.htm#q=Billy+the+Coach
Executive Health and Performance Coach Billy Sheehan partners with time-challenged professionals to reengineer the relationship between their personal health and professional careers. The resulting balance creates the optimal environment for achieving the highest levels of long-term success. Learn more at www.billythecoach.com