You want to earn more, have better sex and be a boss people actually like. Great news: become a runner and compete in the Wings for Life World Run on May 8 and you’ll be one step closer.
You might actually get a job
Sure you’ve done just fine in high school and somehow made your way through university. The problem is graduates like you come a dime a dozen and potential employers have long been looking beyond grades. Studies indicate that endurance athletes – no, running once a month doesn’t count, but you are getting there – are more likely to catch the eye of their future bosses (see number 4). Why? Athletes are considered to be better at setting goals and achieving them, thus looking like they’d love to stick around a company for longer – rather than jumping ship at the first sign of opposition or challenge.
You’ll be promoted sooner
We all have plan B of winning the lottery, but the chances are slim to none it’ll be you. So it’s time to look for a more realistic way of upping your salary and climbing up the corporate latter. If you’re a runner, there may be a short-cut coming your way. According to one German study, employees who regularly work out and run are more quickly considered for promotions and higher salaries. Superiors keep a close eye on how employees cope with stress and handling multiple tasks. There you go: Running is considered one of the best sports to clear your mind and ease the effects of work-related stress. Old ladies stay safe, everybody wins.
You’ll have fun more away from the job
OK, this is a bit awkward. But people who work out and/or run regularly have been found to have a more active and satisfying sex life. Researchers tie these results to greater self-awareness and higher energy levels. In men, regular exercise increases the production of testosterone and we all know where that leads to. And from a physiological standpoint, less abdominal fat means more blood can flow to the penis. Yes, there, we said it. Oh and if that wasn’t enough: couples who run together are said to have a 66 percent higher chance of a more active sex life.
You’ll be a better boss
Being a boss is the second toughest job in the world right after being a parent. However, it seems that runners make better bosses: Managers who run or do endurance sports seem to be better at coping with stress (yes, once again!) but runners also seem to be better at managing teams and interacting socially. There is even a scientific explanation: Running removes kynurenine, which has been linked to depression, from your body (the nice folks at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found out). Rule of thumb: If the boss is happy so is everyone else.
So if you want to generally be a better human being, get your running shoes on and head out on May 8. Not only will you come home richer, sexier, cleverer and more energetic, you’ll also be running for those who can’t and helping the world take one step closer to the cure for spinal cord injury.
There are only a few hours left until online registration for the third Wings for Life World Run closes at 11am UTC on May 4. Register now!
100% of all entry fees and donations go directly to spinal cord research projects. Please make a donation.
Pauly Plewa, Niagara Falls, 2015
Catcher Car driver, Adolfo Aguilar in Lima, Peru
Daniel Ricciardo, Race number 1 and Formula 1 driver
Kenny Belaey, Ieper, Belgium
Melina Magulas, Norway
Matej Markovič Slovenia