(MEQUON, WI) – If you are like most Americans, you are probably worried about being able to keep up with your health insurance premiums. In fact, according to Intuit’s Health Care Check-Up Survey released last year, 70 percent of respondents said they are concerned about paying for their medical care.
Fortunately, there is a way of keeping your doctor and hospital bills from skyrocketing and taking a big bite out of your budget. According to a new American Heart Association research, physically fit middle-aged adults have significantly lower health care costs as they age, compared to their less active counterparts.
“It really is true that a healthy lifestyle, which includes regular exercise, is the best preventive medicine,” says Jane Westreich, owner of Mequon Adventure Boot Camp. “Just think about how much money you can save by keeping various life-threatening diseases at bay.”
This message is especially timely now because May was designated by the President as the “Exercise is Medicine Month,” which focuses national attention on the health benefits of physical fitness.
There is an abundance of evidence showing that regular exercise, especially in combination with sensible nutrition, significantly contributes to a disease-free life. By helping us maintain healthy weight, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, physical activity can prevent or reduce the incidence of heart disease, several forms of cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
“All these are serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses, but don’t forget that by working out for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week, you will also reduce the severity of various aches and pains, improve your strength, balance and flexibility, and boost your cognitive abilities and mood,” Westreich points out.
To maximize your health and quality of life while minimizing your medical expenses, Westreich recommends including the following routines in your exercise program:
Interval training: This time-efficient series of exercises will boost your health in several significant ways. It will help burn calories and fat like a furnace, give your heart a great workout, and, because it increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain, will bolster your memory, lift your mood, and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, dementia and other related conditions.
Strength training: “It helps slow down or stop muscle loss that accompanies aging and even raises the body’s metabolic rate. Strong muscles protect your heart, keep your joints flexible, strengthen the bones, and help manage back and arthritis pain.
Balance and flexibility exercises will improve stability and coordination, keeping you from falling down and sustaining serious injuries. It will also increase your range of motion, decrease muscular tension, and strengthen your joints, tendons and ligaments – all of which will go a long way in preventing or relieving the pain and discomfort of arthritis.
“Clearly, a comprehensive exercise program will make you healthier and happier, and, consequently, lower your medical bills,” Westreich says. “And, in this economy, that’s certainly remarkable.” About Mequon Adventure Boot Camp: Launched by fitness expert Jane Westreich in September 2008, Mequon Adventure Boot Camp (a/k/a Brew City Adventure Boot Camp) is a women’s only boot camp fitness program which specializes in the areas of weight loss, lifestyle nutrition, lifestyle fitness, athletic training, speed and agility and TRX suspension training. Program details and client testimonials are available at www.brewcitybootcamps.com. Westreich, a certified fitness expert with 17 years experience in the fitness industry, can be reached at [email protected] or 262-389-0597.