Sure, your appearance affects your paycheck. But leave pocket squares and pencil skirts to your coworkers.
You’ll be at the gym, gettin’ fit and impressing your bosses so much you could wear that sweaty Jazz jersey straight to work and they’d still love you.
OK, maybe not.
But here are five ways your rock-solid fitness regimen can definitely help you earn more money at work.
1. Exercise Makes You Look Good
It may not be fair. It may not be right. But it’s been proven: people who are physically attractive make more money.
Does that mean successful women need Manolos and weekly mani-pedis, and guys should stock up on Ray-Ban Wayfarer specs and slim-cut double-breasted jackets?
Nah. That old line about spending money to make money doesn’t apply here. Ultimately, attractiveness is all in how you present yourself.
Being in good physical shape sends a message that you value yourself, so others will too (monetarily and otherwise).
2. Exercise Improves Your Posture
If your company won’t comp an ergonomic upgrade to your work setup, that’s no excuse to slump into your coffee mug. Pay for it yourself. Then straighten up and ask for a raise.
3. Exercise Gives You That “Glow”
How does being in a good mood fatten your wallet? Three ways:
- Coworkers, clients and higher-ups like you better.
- You feel more optimistic (and thus more likely to ask for a raise).
- People who smile just earn more money.
4. Exercise Makes You Smarter
A perma-smile is only the first step to wooing your superiors. You also have to be good at your job. Good thing exercise improves mental performance too.
That’s right, you can ditch the “Brain Gyms” already—all fitness is brain fitness, researchers say. Regular workouts will turn you into a detail-oriented, razor-sharp-focused problem-solving machine—especially if you’re doing endurance exercise.
Let other smartypantses sit around doing Sudoku and tracing circles in the air. You’ll be at the real gym, exercising your brain and body at the same time (who’s smart now?) and doubling your earning power.
5. Exercise Makes You Invincible
Healthy lifestyles are more prevalent among the wealthy crowd, research shows. Coincidence? Doubt it.
Exercise improves your physical health and stamina. Once again, that’s more money in the bank x3:
- You won’t have as many sick days. (Bosses like.)
- You’ll be able to handle marathon brainstorming sessions and occasional all-nighters in the cube, no sweat. (Bosses really like.)
- You’ll live longer, so your nest egg will rack up more interest.
I also learned this from fitness trainer Belinda Benn: good, hearty workouts can make you less of a wuss. It does so by increasing your testosterone, so you’re more confident, competitive and ambitious (true for guys and girls).
Gym Time = Job Security
These are all pretty compelling reasons not to let career ambitions get in the way of your fitness regimen, right?
So next time you say you can’t exercise because you have to work, you should probably reshuffle your priorities (or use your noggin). Exercise can do more for your bank account than 12-hour days at the office.
Think of gym time as job security, and a big step toward that bonus.
Then again, maybe you should invest in that pocket square too. With an average yearly household income of more than $80K, GQ readers seem to be doing alright.
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- A Trick from Money Magazine Can Help You Get In Shape Faster
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- 6 Fool-Proof Ways to Exercise Before Work