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Can Workouts Make You Wealthy?

Can Workouts Make You Wealthy?

The best way to keep your job might be to leave your desk. That's right: The less time you spend sitting on your bottom, the better it might be for your -- and your company's -- bottom line.

In a study of entrepreneurs, people who worked out regularly also had companies that performed well. In fact, those who ran regularly were better at meeting their personal goals, and their companies had better boosts in sales than those owned by nonrunners. (The researchers didn't ask about walkers.) People who stuck to a strength-training regimen were also better at meeting their personal goals than people who don't lift weights -- but their businesses weren't doing off-the-charts better.

Researchers suspect that the lift in confidence and energy that people get from regular exercise may spill over into their careers, giving them an edge. Plus, getting into shape often means developing a mind-set that accepts and embraces hard work -- a definite perk when it comes to moving a business through tough times and beyond.

If your boss likes to see you in your chair and nowhere else, remind him or her that people who exercise have less anxiety, tension, and stress. And that means you can think clearly -- and probably even talk nicely to the shrill-voiced client who calls 37 times before lunch. (Try this in-your-chair-squeeze when you absolutely just can't get away.)

Ultimately, taking time to work out may actually help you get more done during the work day. The best time to work out? Whenever you'll do it. But we recommend setting your alarm 30 to 60 minutes earlier than usual and getting moving first thing.

Medically reviewed in June 2018.

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