Research has shown that active people are much less likely to suffer chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease and joint problems, and they are likely to have better mental health than their sedentary counterparts. This means the more active you are, the less you have to devote to the health care system, leaving you with more to spend on things you actually want to do.
It is impossible to put a price tag on the value of good health, but we know that poor health takes a toll on our work lives in terms of lost wages, reduced productivity, time away from work, and medical costs.
Ways to start moving and start saving today!
- Yard work and gardening: digging, raking, mowing the lawn, hauling and pruning are all activities that raise your heart-rate, keep you moving, and strengthen muscles.
- Vacuum the carpet, wash the walls, and scrub the tub to work up a sweat.
- Instead of driving, try active transportation, like biking to work, or taking a brisk walk. You’ll save on gas, parking, car insurance and maintenance, and you save time as your active commute will also be your workout.
- Ways to save in the long-term
Regular physical activity can help prevent and manage chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and osteoporosis. In the big picture this saves money for the health care system as well as individual costs like medications.
Regular exercise also contributes to making you feel good. If you’re psychologically healthy, you’re less likely to feel sick and better able to perform. This could mean spending less on things like medications and counselling.
Walking is a great way to get started slowly and is easy for most people to fit in. Shoot for about 15 minutes per day, progress little by little. Your wallet and your heart will benefit.
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