The two actually go hand-in-hand, according to a recent report that examined the relationship between exercise and medical expenses.
If you exercise every week, heres some good news: your workouts can save you up to $2,500 a year in health care expenses.
So theres something to think about next time you want to skip your run to stay in bed and watch Netflix.
I know its a little hard to believe that working out can save you money, especially if you belong to a gym that charges you a sizable monthly fee. Seriously, gyms can be so expensive.
But it seems that the membership basically pays for itself considering exercise saves you thousands in health care expenses.
Researchers analyzed data from a 2012 survey with 26,000 American participants and compared the medical expenses of those who made sweating a priority compared to those whodidnt. The study was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
For example, people who exercised regularly and had a history of cardiovascular disease were able to save up to $2,500 on medical expenses. Even people who didnt have many risk factors saved a couple hundred dollars. And lets be real, we can all do a lot with a couple hundreddollars extra.
So, no matter what your medical history is, sweating regularly can save you cash.
But are we really surprised? Exercise is proven to reduce health risks, such as heart disease and diabetes and other expensive health-related issues.
Starting to exercise regularly now will keep your bank account happy in the future for sure.
And what exactly is regular exercise?
Well, the American Heart Association recommends at least half an hour of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (basically, anything that makes you sweat a little) five days a week.
Obviously, if thats not feasible, you can condense that recommended amount to an intense workout that makes you sweat more three days a week.
If youre not motivated to workout because youre fine with your body, just think of exercising as keeping your bank account in shape.
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