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Flabby advisers should get fit to live off the fat of the land

Financial advisers are not well known for their bodies – professional or otherwise – but a recent study suggests that some regular exercise can have positive effects on success in the workplace.

The study, commissioned by Business Pages and conducted by industrial psychologist Dr David Lewis, found that the fitter you are, the more active, ambitious and resourceful you become.

Unfortunately, financial advisers have been identified as chief offenders in the slob stakes.

It seems that working for yourself is a sure way of avoiding the sweat and tears caused by physical exertion because you lose out on company perks such as on-site gyms.

Even when financial advi-sers are aligned to firms which offer fitness schemes, only about 35 per cent sign up.

Business Pages, which is coordinating a Fit for Work campaign, says lack of exercise is also causing financial advisers to miss out on improved productivity.

Exercise stimulates the production of endorphins which in turn raise the metabolic rate and lead to increased awareness and a heightened sense of alertness.

Business Pages says work then becomes easier as your self-confidence, creativity, business management and ambition increase.

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