We all know it’s important to be physically active; it keeps the weight off, boosts energy, helps regulate mood and ensures that the body is generally healthier. But a recent study has revealed that it also benefits your pocket.
Published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the study found that people who were physically active saved up to $2500 (or about R35 000) a year on medical bills, compared to those who were not. Researchers used data from a 2012 nationwide survey of more than 26,000 U.S. adults (excluding those who were pregnant, underweight, or couldn’t walk up to ten steps).
The study focused on participants with heart disease, but it’s applicable to those without the disease as well. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intense aerobic activity five days a week, or 25 minutes of vigorous activity three days a week, to keep the heart healthy. You can also combine the two degrees of exercise to personalise a regimen for you, as long as they average out the same.
Cycling in particular is a fantastic form of exercise. Studies have found that those with knee pain and osteoarthritis actually improved their condition by spending time on the bike. It’s also great for your heart – another study, published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, found that those who were active on a daily basis were 31% less likely to develop high blood pressure. It’ll help decrease stress, strengthen your bones, reduce body fat, and prevent a whole host of chronic diseases like heart attack, diabetes and depression.
So what are you waiting for? Get cycling!
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