To answer the question of whether fitness plays a role in accumulating wealth, it is necessary to determine what benefits of any exercise, from weight training to swimming, are personal attributes that make people better able to do what is necessary to become rich. Recent studies have found that there may be a significant link between fitness and being successful in business as well as outside the workplace.
Let’s look at some of the personal attributes required to succeed in one’s career—energy, focus, confidence, and the ability to follow through— and examine how they relate to fitness.
A 2007 University of Georgia study found that better ability to focus, improved confidence, and enhanced ability to follow through were directly attributed to improved fitness levels.
In another study conducted by a leading executive search company, surveyed more than 1,300 executives who earn $100,000 or more annually participated in a survey in which. They were asked to describe their perceptions of the connection between weight and work. Seventy-five percent said good physical fitness is “critical for career success at the executive level,” whereas only seventeen percent said staying in shape is “a nice goal, but secondary to fiscal fitness.”
Consider energy. Wealth comes from success, and success comes from productivity. Productivity demands energy. Slackers don’t get rich, and slackers are people who don’t have enough energy to do what they need to do to succeed. And without success, unless you stand to inherit a fortune, there can be no wealth.
Gyms are full of CEOs and other successful people working with their personal trainers. Others get up early and out for a jog. In what might be considered the most important position in the world, we see this. Can you remember an American president who you did not see on TV out jogging with a gaggle of Secret Service agents?
Starting the day with limitless energy that exercise promotes sets the stage for a busy and powerful day. If one of a person’s main goals in life is to make more money, it makes sense that it is beneficial to have more physical energy to do the daily tasks necessary to build sources of wealth.
Add to that the mental energy that can be used to develop innovative ways to handle the many challenges that every entrepreneur faces throughout the day, and it becomes obvious how the increased energy that results from a high level of personal fitness contributes to the ability to accumulate wealth.
Back in the 1970s, John Malloy did pioneering research on the how a person’s looks might be related to their overall success. But we all know that the right clothing looks all wrong on the wrong body. In the same study quoted above by the executive search company, when asked about obesity, 75 percent of the executives surveyed said that being overweight is a “serious career impediment.”
When it comes to women, the necessity of looking good may be even more significant. An article from Reuters reported on a survey of female professionals, senior managers, and business owners by PINK Magazine and Corset Personal Styling.
Nearly all U.S. working women—98 percent—believe that their professional appearance is essential to career success. Twenty percent of the female executives in the study say they have withheld a promotion or a raise due to the way an employee dresses.
Is this just about our national obsession with weight loss and Madison Avenue’s preference for the slim and beautiful? Unlikely. It goes beyond just looking good. More to the point, there is a powerful link between improved fitness and increased productivity, enhanced problem-solving ability, and superior energy, stamina, and the ability to handle reduced stress, all of which lead to better job performance.
Fit people are likely to have better eating habits, and stronger immune systems, so they miss fewer days at work due to a higher resistance to illness. Some companies reward employees and managers who miss less work and produce more, since more individual productivity improves their bottom line.
Jim McKenna showed that employess had better attitudes after they had worked out. They were more confident in themselves and showed more sympathy with their coworkers.
The study also found that conclude that work performance was consistently higher, time management skills were better, and mental sharpness increased. All attributed that lead to career success, and consequently, to wealth.
Success in achieving a high level of personal fitness carries over into the workplace. Success in any endeavor requires the confidence that one can do the job and do it well. To be a leader, a person must be able to inspire the confidence of others. Business leaders must also have the courage to take risks if they are to take the company to a new level and remain competitive. Confidence in one’s health, appearance, abilities, and interpersonal skills, as we’ve seen, result from personal fitness.
Fit and attractive people tend to climb the corporate ladder faster, they convey more authority, get preferential treatment, and they have more energy and stamina to take on all the work required to build a powerful company and the wealth it produces. And the good news is that we can all become more fit. There is a fitness solution for everyone, so why not get on the road to fitness—and the many advantages that go along with it—today?
You will look better, feel better, be more productive at work, and might even be looked on more favorably by others. Who knows? Financial success may be closer than you think.