Exercise goes hand in hand with losing weight, but there are more benefits of exercise you may not have thought about. Of course, most of us are familiar with the fact that exercise improves heart health, reduces stress, makes you more productive and even an overall happier person. But if even with those reasons exercise isn’t something you can bring yourself to fully commit to, perhaps this new study will give you that extra push to making exercise a priority.
If you got paid money to exercise, would you fully commit?
How to Get Paid Big Money to Exercise
The American Heart Association recently published results from studying over 2600 individuals with heart disease or who were at high-risk for heart disease from 2012 who reported to participate in weekly moderate to vigorous activity.
The AHA defines moderate activity as activity which causes a light sweat or only modest increases in breathing or heart rate – includes fast walking, lawn mowing or house cleaning. Vigorous activity includes running or race walking, lap swimming or aerobics.) (1)
Those with heart disease, saved an average of $2500 a year on healthcare costs compared to those who did not meet the exercise guidelines of weekly moderate to vigorous activity.
The study also concluded that the healthy participates who were considered high-risk for cardiovascular disease, met the weekly exercise guidelines, saved an average of $500 in healthcare costs annually.(2)
So, while you won’t actually get a pay check for exercising, you can pay yourself by saving some big bucks you won’t have to spend on doctors.
What is the Appropriate Amount of Exercise?
For cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity five days a week, or at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity three days a week, or a combination of the two.(3)
So, maybe realizing that exercise could pay you, or you pay yourself as the healthcare savings add up, will be what can push you to setting a goal to exercise more regularly.
Once you take the first few steps, the benefits of exercise will eventually be the fuel to keep you moving!