For people still struggling to make time for exercise, a new study offers a strong incentive: You'll save $2,500 a year.
The savings, a result of reduced medical costs, don't require much effort to accrue — just 30 minutes of walking five days a week is enough.
The findings come from an analysis of 26,239 men and women, published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers from a number of universities and hospitals around the country, including Baptist Health South Florida, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Emory and Baylor, decided to see if they could determine what being active or inactive costs each of us annually in health care spending.
Scientists and health policy experts have known for some time that inactivity is expensive at the public health level. Sedentary people are more likely than physically fit people to develop a number of diseases.