Let’s Get Physical

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The June issue of the Journal of Labor Research reported that employees who regularly exercise earn about nine percent more than those who don’t.

Proving to me once again that there really is a study for just about anything under the sun being conducted at any given time, it was one of those stats that happened to catch my eye. I came across it in a Forbes.com blog which concluded that this number should be of great interest “both to employees who want to advance their careers, and to CEOs who want to establish the kind of programs and cultures that enable them to attract and retain an engaged and motivated work force.”

The author it seems is also a really big fan of adding exercise as a component to the workday. In a previous blog he concluded that “One Easy Way to Reduce Workplace Stress and Enhance Productivity” is to use a work break to workout.

Besides reducing myself to a hot mess for the balance of a day on the job, I can’t imagine being able to carve out enough time to get a decent workout in during business hours. I feel the burn once the kid goes to bed in the confines of my basement. I totally agree that regular exercise helps out on many levels including gaining productivity and focus in the workplace. It’s just been my personal experience as I am sure it has been for many of you out there too.

So, how about you? Are you one of the motivated exercisers that carve out time during the workday to get some exercise in? Do you think employers need to pay more attention to the benefits of giving employees time each day to get physical? Will your next raise come from the added career focus you’ve gained from an added workout routine? Weigh in and let us know your thoughts and experiences.

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About Annette DeHaven

Annette DeHaven, Alstin's Vice President, Operations, serves as right hand woman for an impressive roster of clients. Known for addressing problems head-on, Annette, who's led by example for more than 15 years, remembers crazy statistics, regularly spouts off mind-bending metrics, and recalls just about every field description for birds you've never heard of.