We've all heard exercise is good for our health, but that’s not always enough to motivate us to hit up the gym—especially when memberships and classes can be so dang expensive.
But according to a new study, there’s another reason to regularly take a spin class and it could actually save you money in the long run.
Researchers analyzed survey data from 26,000 Americans, who reported whether or not they met the American Heart Association's exercise recommendations: at least either half an hour of moderate aerobic activity five days a week or 25 minutes of vigorous activity three days a week.
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The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that heart disease patients who got the recommended amount of exercise saved $2,500 per year on medical bills, probably because they spent less time in the hospital and the ER. Even those without heart disease and one or fewer risk factors still saved $500 on average.
Study author Khurram Nasir, M.D. recently told NBC that this has broader national implications. If 20 percent of people with heart disease who don't currently exercise enough started meeting the recommendations, the U.S. would save $6 billion per year on health care.
So while it may sometimes feel difficult to justify spending money on fitness if you're on a tight budget, this study helps to prove that it's worth it.
As long as you're sticking to a regular routine, the cash money you spend working out is likely coming back to you directly in the form of healthcare savings. Plus, you get all those other well-established perks of working out, like endorphin boosts and a revved-up metabolism.
To that, we say get sweating!