Retirement Savings

By Health Day

Getting in shape now could help you spend more of your retirement money on things you enjoy instead of doctor visits.

In a new study presented at an American Heart Association conference, researchers followed more than 20,000 men and women starting around the age of 51. All were healthy, and none had ever had a heart attack, stroke, or cancer.

Years later, when the participants were on Medicare, the people who had the highest level of fitness at the start of the study had much lower health care costs.

In fact, medical expenses were about $1800 a year lower for the men and women who were most fit compared to those who were least fit.

It's worth remembering that even if you get on Medicare health coverage when you turn 65, your out-of-pocket medical expenses can still be substantial.

On the other hand, making healthier eating choices and keeping your body strong and active today doesn't have to cost much - and it could save you thousands of dollars later.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.

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