Want salary hike Hit the gym

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 9%.

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 analyzed two sets of questionnaires in US, involving over 12,000 people . Details about salaries and the extent to which people exercised were analyzed. They found that people exercising three times a week could expect a salary between 6 and 9% greater than those who don't.

And, for those exercising between one and three times a month, the benefit was still an additional 5%, 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, 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 Vasilios Kosteas was quoted by the British newspaper as saying.

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