New Study Shows That Employees That Exercise Earn 9% More

employees that exercise earn 9% more than those that do not exerciseAustin, Texas: A new study published in the June issue of the Journal of Labor Research shows that workers who exercise regularly earn 9% higher pay on average than those who don’t.

According to the study, There are three potential explanations for the correlation between exercise and earnings:

  1. 1) Exercise leads to higher wages

  2. 2) Wage changes affect individuals’ level of physical activity

  3. 3) Other, unobserved factors cause differences in both exercise frequency and earnings.

The study, published in the Journal of Labor Research, suggests that regular exercise can have an impact on the productivity and well-being of an employee. “It is widely acknowledged that regular exercise has a beneficial impact on well-being. In addition to the positive impact on heart health, weight and on a variety of other medical issues, studies in the literature show that exercise leads to improved mental function, psychological condition and higher energy level, ” Kosteas notes.

He adds, “All three of these traits can be translated into higher earnings by increasing productivity. Besides the direct effect, exercise can have indirect positive impacts on labor market outcome by serving as a signal to potential employers that the individual is dedicated and disciplined.” Since the employer benefits from these attributes, Kosteas recommends that employers embrace sponsored exercise programs and gym memberships not only for the good of employees, but also for the bottom line.

Any firm that is not seriously promoting exercise and fitness programs are basically costing themselves money, according to this study.

Not only will you be saving money on your insurance premiums, but you will get more output from your employees, as well.  Looks like a win-win.

Start a wellness program right away to maximize the impact you can have on your employees.

A good place to start is WELCOA, the Wellness Council of America— which is chock full of resources on wellness programs.

At Wellness Incentives Plus, we have also published many articles on the Do’s and Don’ts of creating and implementing a corporate wellness program for you to read.

Do the research and start developing your own wellness program as soon as possible.

Here’s to a Healthier Workforce!

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Robert Piller is President of WellnessIncentivesPlus.com, a leading provider of custom-printed promotional items geared exclusively for wellness programs and wellness incentives. These branded gifts are ideal for wellness incentive rewards, wellness kickoff or announcement gifts or as wellness reminders. Visit WellnessIncentivesPlus.com to view thousands of wellness rewards and reminders in all price points.

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91% of Employers Feel Wellness Program Can Reduce Health Care Costs

According to a 2008 national survey by Harris Interactive, 91 percent of employers “believed they could reduce their health care costs by influencing employees to adopt healthier lifestyles,” wrote two Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) experts in the July 10, 2008 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Michelle Mello, a professor of law and public health in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and colleague Meredith B. Rosenthal, an HSPH associate professor of health economics and health policy, spelled out the legal parameters of employer-sponsored wellness programs as they stand today.

According to surveys cited by Mello and Rosenthal, 19 percent of employers with 500 or more employees offered wellness programs as of 2006. Almost 40 percent said they planned to offer monetary rewards for healthy behaviors within two years.

Read more from the Harvard report at this link.

What is keeping you from implementing a corporate wellness program today?

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Robert Piller is President of WellnessIncentivesPlus.com, a leading provider of custom-printed promotional items geared exclusively for wellness programs and wellness incentives. These branded gifts are ideal for wellness incentive rewards, wellness kickoff or announcement gifts or as wellness reminders. Visit wellnessincentivesplus.com to view thousands of wellness rewards and reminders in all price points.


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