Need an extra reason to hit the gym this week? Beyond helping you stay healthy and feel good about yourself, exercise can improve your productivity and your finances.

Physical activity has been associated with long term benefits, including:

Now a growing body of evidence suggests regular exercise also:

Each of those cognitive and mental health benefits, in turn, can contribute to our productivity at work. More productive employees are often rewarded with promotions, salary increases and bonuses. More productive business owners may win more clients and grow their company faster. Earning more means we can save and invest more to grow our wealth, and plan with confidence for a financially secure future.

Understand the benefits but pressed for time?

Fitting exercise into your day may be easier than you think. A recent McMaster University study found that one very intense minute of exercise a day yielded a “significant” health benefit. 

If you don’t want to go all out for 60 seconds, work these four simple exercises into your day:

Even small changes to incorporate exercise into your routine can have a positive impact on your health and your wealth.

Please check with a medical professional to ensure these health strategies are right for you.

Read more on this topic:

Physical Activity, Public Health Agency of Canada 

Regular Exercise is part of your job, Harvard Business Review  

The 1-minute workout: How to get fit in 60 seconds — McMaster study, CBC Hamilton

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