Exercise and physical activity now might help you avoid huge healthcare bills later in life. In a recent study published in the journal BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, researchers found that people who reported moderate exercise throughout their adult lives saved an average of $1,350 per year on health care expenses after reaching age 65 compared to sedentary people. Even those who exercised early in life but got less physical activity in their forties and fifties still spent about $860 less each year. But the best news is that even if you aren’t active now, it’s never too late. People who waited until their forties to increase their exercise still saved $824 dollars on future healthcare. Given that inactivity has been estimated to account for over $100 billion dollars in healthcare spending each year in this country, getting more exercise can help us – and our healthcare system – financially.
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The Injuries That Changed Sports Forever
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