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Are you looking to give yourself a raise as an employee? Maybe you want to increase your company’s profits as a CEO or a business owner. If any of these possibilities describe you, then you ought to know that there’s a simple way to give yourself a huge advantage in hitting your targets: getting healthier and fitter.

Vasilis Kosteas, Ph.D., an economics professor at Cleveland State University, has researched and written about the connections between health and wealth. His research led him to conclude beyond the shadow of a doubt that “[increases in your intelligence, positive attitude, and energy levels] in turn can raise a person's productivity, leading to higher earnings.” And getting healthier and fitter is something that unquestionably leads to these increases.

Just ask Richard Haig. At the age of 38, Haig took a very early retirement from Haig Security Systems, which is one of the East Coast's largest security firms. He was already financially set up for life. But he quickly grew bored playing golf for exercise, so he started running. Within one year he was involved in an "ultrafitness" lifestyle. And he began to notice something beyond the physical benefits: his brain power had increased.

Haig was so inspired by his new mental agility that he had acquired through serious running that he went back to work. He once said, "It's no coincidence that I've done more to increase the company's value in the past two years than I had in the previous 10."

And Haig’s story is hardly unusual.

So how does this all work?

Stress is handled better. Plenty of research and observation tell us that people who are healthier and more fit can handle high stress situations better. Under stress they are less flustered, more patient, and more persistent. Employees and business owners who are less stressed out are happier, and it’s now common knowledge that happier workers are better workers. Better workers who are employees are far more likely to get raises and promotions.

More positive attitude. A positive attitude goes a long way towards increased work efficiency and productivity. If you see things as generally getting better and expect good things to usually happen, you simply put more energy into your work. You also get along better with the people you work with. Getting fitter and healthier brings about a more positive attitude, maybe because our bodies are meant to move plus the sense that one has an enhanced immune system leads to a better attitude about life.

Increased intelligence. As mentioned, greater fitness increases mental abilities. Enhanced (oxygen rich) blood flow to the brain and and better nutrients reaching the neurons within the grey matter in turn engenders greater clarity of thought, quicker decision making, more creativity, and more persistence at solving problems.

Greater energy levels. Physically fit people simply have greater energy levels than those who are flabby or otherwise have their health compromised. This is common sense observation. The greater energy levels spill over into every facet of life--including one’s professional life. When you can put more energy into your work or career, you’re going to get better results.

Feeling sexier. Physically fit people feel more attractive, and this feeling in turn leads to greater self-confidence. Self-confidence allows for greater productivity and efficiency at work, which needless to say leads to bigger money.

So exercising more frequently, with greater intensity, and making healthy alterations to your diet can unquestionably put more money in your bank account. The efforts more than pay for themselves.

Note: Peter Cummings is a professional blogger that provides news and information for commercial truck drivers and trucking companies. He writes for Trucker Classifieds, the best source to find CDL truck driving jobs, local and owner operator trucking jobs.

Contact: Marv Dumon at marvin.dumon@gmail.com

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