Walking Club Check-In: Walking Can Save You Money

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Walking regularly can save you money in healthcare costs.Welcome, or welcome back, to the Dr. Sinatra Walking Club. If you missed the "official introduction," you can see it here. Each Saturday, I post a new Walking Club Check-in, where you can post your minutes walked, the number of times you walked, or miles by leaving a comment.

In the last few years, it seems like the economy is on a roller coaster. I was talking with Dr. Sinatra and he said in tough economic times one of the best things you can do is to make your health your hobby...

He went on to say that being fit, for example by regularly walking, can save you money. To prove his point he cited a research study that analyzed the health care patterns of more than 8,000 men who visited the Cooper Clinic for checkups. It was found that the least  fit group of men—as determined by a treadmill test and physical exam—spent almost 63 percent more on overnight hospital stays and 25 percent more on doctor visits each year than the group determined to have the highest level of fitness.

Overall, the fit group, as well as a third group—men who were initially unfit but became fit over time—paid 53 percent less for health care!

What this research also found is that being fit is more important than being thin. Heavy, fit people are healthier than people who are thin but unfit! People often tend to measure things by how much they cost, and that makes physical activity a real bargain. Not only is exercise free, but it can save you a lot of money down the road—and make a tremendous difference in your quality of life.

Now it's your turn: Did you walk this week? Please share your days, miles, or minutes walked.

Have a wonderful Saturday--and keep on walking!

Karen

Remember to consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.

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