Did you know at least half of the population have at least one chronic condition? Out of that 50 percent, 20 percent of Australians have 2 or more chronic conditions.
Many of the risk factors associated with chronic disease can be modified through behaviour, such as changing your diet and exercise. Not surprisingly, those who are healthy save more money on health care costs. Go figure.
Research from the US looked at different groups of people, and found that those who exercise at least 150 minutes per week with at least 1 risk factor such as high blood pressure, saved at least $500 in healthcare costs. They also found that this group had a lower risk of being hospitalised, lower risk of going to the emergency department and less prescription medicine use. They also found that those with heart disease who exercised the recommended amount saved up to 20% on healthcare costs.
So it seems that exercise is important for reducing health costs. It makes sense, as exercise can decrease blood pressure, improve heart function and insulin sensitivity. Again, you don't need to join a gym to reap the benefits, going for 30 minute walks at least 3-5 times a week will see similar benefits. Exercise doesn't have to cost you a fortune, but it may just save your life, and some money.
If your organisation is interested in the numerous health programs we run for the workplace, get in contact with us today for more information.