The Almighty Dollar

Restoring some fiscal sanity in our -- negative savings rate -- lives

4.14.2006

That gym membership can help you retire

Consider your gym membership to be an investment in your retirement, according to USA Today. With the ever-rising cost of health care, staying healthy could save you tons of money in the future. I mean hundreds of tons of dollars in savings -- about $200,000 per couple.

A Fidelity study reports that a couple retiring today would pay this amount towards health costs over a 15-year period, a third of which would pay for prescription drugs. What's scarier is that this number does NOT include dental or long-term care, or over-the-counter medicine costs.

Not only is being healthy good for the mind and body, it's good for your wallet -- in the long run.