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Survey Reveals Exercise is Good for your Salary

Small Business News

29th March 2012

Weights at a gymHigh earners workout at fitness centres, on average, around three times more than those on lower incomes, a survey reveals today.

The study of 1600 people by the UK’s largest healthcare charity Nuffield Health, found those who earn more exercise for longer at fitness centres than those on lower incomes.

The research shows workers earning less than £20k workout for around one hour a week while those with wages above 101k exercise for around three hours each week.

Chris Jones, head of physiology at Nuffield Health, said:

“Evidence tells us that keeping fit and healthy can benefit your performance at work, which may in turn impress the boss and help secure that much-wanted promotion.

“By doing regular exercise you help manage work-related pressures and help put in a better performance by better preparing your body for times of stress.”

“At Nuffield Health we work with more than 1600 employers and have more than 200 corporate sites, helping to maintain healthy workforces across the country.”

Those workers earning above £31k workout at the gym just over twice as long as those earning under 20k.

However, the figures dip slightly for those earning between £51k and 70k then rise once more to 2.6 hours a week for those earning between 71k and 100k.

This snapshot research concurs with a report by an American University that found people exercising three times a week could expect a salary between six and nine per cent greater than those who do not. The study from Cleveland State University, in Ohio examined more than 12,000 people.

The average UK employee takes 6.5 days of absence per year which amounts to a total loss of 190 million working days (CIPD 2010).

And each year businesses lose on average around £600 per employee per year due to absenteeism and sickness.

Nuffield Health and Ashridge Business School are conducting research into how companies run effective employee wellbeing programmes.

Based at Canary Wharf, where a large proportion of the UK’s £100k + earners work, Nuffield’s new Medical Centre will assist large corporations in managing effective wellbeing programmes to help deliver healthy profits. Research by PriceWaterhouseCooper estimates that for every £1 invested in wellbeing a further £4 is returned.