The prices of the 20 most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs for seniors have risen nearly 10 times more than the annual rate of inflation over the past five years CNN Report March 2018
The rising cost of medications is in the news a lot isn’t it. There are many ‘angles’ to these news stories, but the one you care most about is how it is effecting your wallet As you watch the cost of your medications rise, what can you do? You need them, but they can be so costly. This puts many people between a rock and a very hard place these days.
As you may have heard, the 2018 government guidelines for physical activity were released last week. While that might not have been big news for you, it could be when you put a dollar sign next to those recommendations.
The amount of exercise recommended has not changed – 30 minutes five days a week (or the equivalent in terms of totaling 150 minutes a week) of moderate intensity exercise. In terms of your time investment, it comes to less than 2% of your total time per week.
To put that into a dollar return for your 2% time investment, a 2016 study estimated a cost savings of $2,500 in medical expenses per person per year for people who do this amount of exercise. You could think of exercise as a ‘tax rebate’ you receive a little bit every day.
Even better though, that ‘rebate’ is not only in the form of dollars, but an even more valuable resource – your enjoyment of life. Designing your 150 minutes of exercise a week in the right way means you have a bit more energy for the people and things you love. It means less days of missing out on life because you are not feeling well. It means you have an easier time enjoying life because of a better mood. (I could go on…)
These are the things you cannot put a dollar amount on – they are priceless!
Keep moving, Be Well,