4 December 2014

Those people who shake their heads pityingly when friends mention their regular five mile runs before breakfast or daily visits to the gym may need to think again — their aversion to exercise could be costing them money.

According to research from real estate services advisor CBRE, UK employees who have regularly participated in organised sport since childhood earn over £11,000 more per year than those who have tended to give sport a miss.

More specifically, a survey of 2000 employed adults found that those who have participated in organised sport at least 2 to 4 times per month since childhood earn an average of £34,960 per year. Those who have not regularly been active in such activities earn more than £11,000 less — an average of £23,850.

Over an entire career, those means that those who have regularly participated in organised sport since they were at school can expect to earn over £522,170 more than those who have always been averse to the idea of chasing a ball around.

CBRE UK Managing Director Ciaran Bird said: "There’s no doubt that sport has a tremendous impact on overall health and well-being but this research shows that the skills developed through sport can help increase employability and earnings over your career."

Mr Bird, a former London Irish professional rugby player who recently ran up all 1037 steps of the Gherkin building in London for charity, suggested that increased employability and accelerated earning potential can be attributed to having soft skills such as good communication, teamwork, confidence and focus, which can enhance academic achievement as well as technical knowledge and experience.

From Paul Clarke, business writer for Croner