We all know that exercising provides tons of benefits to your health. It relieves stress, boosts your brain functions, energizes you, makes your heart pump more blood and oxygen, helps you sleep, and reduces the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, among other things. Even a light workout can significantly lengthen your lifespan.
But, according to a new study by conducted by OnePoll on behalf of fitness app Freeletics, working out can also provide loads of surprising benefits to your lifestyle.
The study surveyed 1,000 people who regularly exercised and 1,000 who didn’t, and found that 34 percent of people who work out regularly have sex several times a week, versus only 15 percent of those who never work out.
The survey also found that people who work out describe themselves as happier, more optimistic, and way more sociable. A whopping 40 percent of people who don’t work out said that they’d prefer staying home than going out on a Saturday night.
“If we look more closely at the mental effects that fitness has, we can even see that those who exercise regularly were also more likely to rate their own happiness level a 10 out of 10 than those who don’t exercise. This truly underlines the fact that the positive effects of exercise go far beyond the purely physical aspects many focus on,” Daniel Sobhani, CEO of Freeletics, said in a statement.
But the most unexpected finding in the study was that people who exercise frequently tend to make more money, especially the ones who go hard at the gym. On average, those who exercise regularly make $25,000 more than those who never hit the gym. In addition, those who engage in high-intensity interval training (HIIT) make an additional $13,000 more than those who favor low-intensity routines.
Now, of course, this data is highly unscientific, and it especially brings in the question of correlation is not causation. It might be that the kind of people who exercise a lot are simply the ones who tend to have more extroverted personalities, high-powered jobs, and more active sex lives, driven as they are by the feel-good hormone dopamine.
But on speculative level, it’s easy to see how exercise may impact these lifestyle findings. Exercise does, after all, provide plenty of endorphins, which make you happy. And it’s also been proven to increase your testosterone levels, thereby boosting your sex drive and your willingness to take financial risks. It’s yet another reason to head to the gym. And if you’re having trouble getting there, just check out the 11 Ways Smart People Motivate Themselves to Go to the Gym.
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