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What’s a Major Benefit of Exercise? It Can Save You $2500!

What’s a Major Benefit of Exercise? It Can Save You $2500!

"Being Physically Active Is Good For Your Wallet.”

SILVER SPRING, MD – September 13, 2016 – In today’s budget-conscious society, one of the best ways to save money is to simply get some exercise.  Yes, there is money to be saved by getting off the couch, stepping away from the computer, putting down the cell phone, and going out to break a sweat!  By playing ball or getting a workout, you can save as much as $2,500 every year.NY Times

In a story in The New York Times, the results of a recent study indicated that the financial benefits of exercise are in the form of reduced medical costs.  And, those benefits can be reaped from walking as little as 30 minutes a day for five days a week.

This physical activity study featured more than 26,000 men and women and was conducted by a number of universities and hospitals in the U.S. 

Dr. Khurram Nasir -- a preventive cardiologist and Director of the Center for Healthcare Advancement and Outcomes at Baptist Health South Florida Hospital (Miami, Florida) -- oversaw the study, which focused on the link between exercise and cardiovascular health.

In a nutshell, the study confirmed the cost-savings link between a physically active lifestyle and cardiovascular-related health costs.  In other words, the more exercise you get, the less likely you are to spend money on cardiovascular health issues.

There is a bottom line to the study, if you ask Dr. Nasir who says that “being physically active is good for your wallet.”

Other members of the medical community agree with Dr. Nasir.

“Physical activity has become a major focus of my research because it is a low-cost option for impacting a wide variety of disorders,” says Erik J. Groessl, Ph.D., Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California-San Diego (La Jolla, California).

“Humans were meant to move and lack of movement leads to both physical and mental deterioration,” notes James O. Hill, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Physiology, and Biophysics, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus.  “Increasing physical activity should be high on our list of national priorities.” 

Those physical activity habits for many Americans are taught at school – during P.E. classes at school or during before-school and after-school physical activity programs.

"Physical activity truly is contagious,” says Apryl Krakovsky, Founder/Executive Director, My School in Motion (Los Angeles, California).  “The excitement we cultivate on the school yard translates to active individuals, families, teachers and communities."

“Ample opportunities for children to be physically active during the school day are essential and should be non-negotiable,” adds Megan Stellino, who oversees the Tiger Miles Running Club at Rolling Hills Elementary School (Aurora, Colorado).

To help stimulate a resurgence of P.E. in American schools, which is offered in only 48% of American schools, PHIT America is in the midst of distributing grants – called GO! Grants – to elementary school to stimulate P.E. programs.  Since, the fall of 2015, PHIT America GO! Grants have impacted the lives of more than 100,000 elementary school age children at more than 270 schools in the U.S.