Sweat equity: Can workouts save you money?

Research shows that staying active could prove a healthy investment

Regular exercise can help make you healthier. But what if it made you wealthier too?

According to 2016 research from the American Heart Association (AHA), being physically active may save you from $500 to $2,500 every year.

In the AHA findings, the savings came from lower health care costs. Those included out-of-pocket spending on:

  • Doctor and emergency room visits
  • Hospital stays
  • Medicines and medical supplies

A closer look

More than 26,000 adults — including some with heart disease — were involved in the study. They reported their medical history, health care costs and exercise habits.

The researchers found that people with heart disease saved about $2,500 a year when they met the AHA’s recommended levels of exerciseOpens a new window. For example, they did 30 minutes or more of brisk walking, five times a week. Even healthy adults saved about $500 a year if they got regular moderate or vigorous exercise.

It’s your move!

If you’re not currently active, walking may be the simplest place to start. Just lace up some sturdy shoes — and head out the door. You may find that taking a walk becomes one of the best parts of your day.

Short on time? Take three 10-minute walks, three times a day.

What to do next

Find your fitness groove with this fun graphicOpens a new window. Finding activities that you truly enjoy can help you stay active.

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