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Is your physical inactivity hurting your pocketbook too?

Posted by Meg Whiteford on Mar 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Being physically inactive affects our health and finances. It’s costing us our hard earned money and our lives.

American Adults Are Not Sufficiently Active.
To start, an alarming high percent of American adults are not sufficiently active in their daily lives. You’ve probably heard someone say, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” Seems like a true statement, when it comes to our physical activity. This is especially relevant as we grow older. At this point, we start to feel the affects of not moving our bodies as much. We become heavier, move slower, and are less happy with our bodies and the way we feel. Time and money are wasted treating the aches and pains of inactivity.

Your Health At Risk
Most of us know that being physically active is important to living a healthy life. What some don’t realize are the results of being inactive. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “Lack of physical activity has clearly been shown to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and other conditions.” Furthermore, an article on their website states, ***Risks of Physical Inactivity*, lists health risks such as developing high blood pressure, feelings of anxiety and depression. The risk of certain cancers, becoming overweight or obese, as well as coronary heart disease. The same article states, “Thousands and thousands of deaths result each year due to a lack of regular physical activity.” Being inactive is costing us our lives!

The Cost of Physical Inactivity
In addition, the cost of being physically inactive affects us financially. The State of Obesity’s website article, *Physical Inactivity in the Unites States claims, “Around $117 billion in healthcare costs are associated with inadequate physical activity. Adults who are inactive pay $1,437 more per year in healthcare costs than physically active adults.” These numbers are astonishing! Being physically inactive is a financial burden, costing us our hard earn pay checks. It also affects us in terms of longevity and quality of life. This is especially true in the last few years of our lives.

Physical Activity Guidelines
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided a science-based booklet, the **Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. It was written to help Americans, starting at age 6, maintain or improve their health through physical activity. This guide covers the recommendations for children, adolescents, and adults. As well as, pregnancy, postpartum, adults with disabilities, and people with chronic medical conditions. It also covers physical activity, it’s many health benefits, and amounts of activity for each group of people. This is a great resource. 

Think about how much money you could save becoming physically active. Start making better decisions for you health and your wallet. Free yourself of this financial burden, while increasing the quality and longevity of your life. As a result, you will feel better, have more energy, improve your mood, lose weight, and combat health issues.

Are you ready to start being more physically active? Need help finding a fitness program that works for you? Take a stand for you health.

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