Inactivity costs the U.S. $24 billion. According to the centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28% of the population report no leisure-time physical activity. It is this portion of the population that could save the U.S. $24 billion if they would do more than drive their car to the supermarket and back to their garage.
Actually, the situation may be worse. According to a researcher of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, state-level reports have indicated up to 48% of people do some activity, but not enough to get health benefits. If the state-level estimates of inactivity are used the costs of inactivity could be $37.2 billion.
The damage done by lack of exercise is huge. Inactivity accounts for 22% of coronary heart disease, colon cancer and osteoporotic fractures, as well as 12% of diabetes. Other studies have found that lack of exercise raises the risks of such conditions as high blood pressure, stroke and breast cancer.
Researcher Graham Colditz, Brigham and Women's Hospital concludes that we have succeeded in designing a society that has removed the need for energy expenditure (we move less because of technology!). On the other hand, society has made it a lot easier to take energy in (300 calories more than a decade ago!). Food is everywhere. Based on estimates that about 23% of Americans are clinically obese, the health care costs of obesity are approximately $70 billion.
Statistics show that it costs much less to stay fit than it does to heal health ailments or complications brought on by not living a healthy lifestyle. To value your own body and to provide it knowledge, nutrition and proper exercise is the least expensive commodity. It is also the highest calling or responsibility one can have to him/herself. So take it upon yourself to JUST DO IT, BUT DO IT RIGHT!