Exercise to Lower Health Care Costs.
Only about half of adults in the U.S. meet the minimum guidelines for aerobic physical activity. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, a 2014 study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Emory University researchers, found that adults who are active spent less on health care per year than adults who did not get enough physical activity. According to the study, about 11.1% of total health care expenses are linked to not getting enough exercise. This is about $117 billion per year!
We can each help lower our health care costs and improve our health! Being physically active is one of the most important steps that we can take to be healthier. In general, people who exercise regularly live longer and have a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers.
The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (like jogging), and at least two or more times a week of muscle-strengthening activities (like weight lifting) for the best health benefits.