Exercise can help save up to $2,500 annually, according to a study
Scientists provide yet another reason to exercise regularly.
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According to a new report, getting recommended levels of exercise can help keep medical costs down, in particular, for patients with heart disease. The recommended levels of exercise involve 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity at least five times a week and it may include brisk walking, running or aerobics etc.
The report published in the Journal of the American Heart Association examined data from a 2012 survey of more than 26,000 American adults and found that those who exercise regularly could save up to $2,500 annually in healthcare costs.
It is already proven that exercise is beneficial for heart patients and reduces the risk of several health problems ranging from heart disease to stroke and diabetes. Those who push aside exercise saying they won’t have time have to rethink about hitting the gym on regular basis, so they can reap the endless benefits of regular exercise. Even those who do not have heart disease and no other risk factor can cut $500 each year off their medical bills if they do regular exercise.
“The financial benefits with regular exercise were notable across the entire spectrum of risk including those with and without known cardiovascular disease.” Study author and cardiologists Dr. Khurram Nasir told NBC.News.
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“Even among an established high risk group such as diagnosed with heart disease or stroke, those who engaged in regular exercise reported a much lower risk of being hospitalized, having an emergency room visit and use of prescription medicines.”