Three ways a Medicare Advantage fitness plan can help reduce your health risks

(NAPSI) – Have you heard the saying, “Exercise is medicine?” Countless studies show that physical activity can help reduce the risks of serious health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, back and neck pain, some cancers, and even falls. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults 65 and older participate in 150 minutes of physical activity per week. This includes aerobic, strength and balance activities.

If you already do a brisk walk every day or play golf or pickleball, good for you! But what else can you do to improve your strength, balance, and cardiovascular health? Many health plans, including Medicare Advantage plans, offer exclusive fitness programs that provide low-cost or free benefits to help you meet these physical activity recommendations and stay healthy. Here are three benefits that Medicare Advantage fitness programs can offer to help improve your fitness:

1) Cheap or free gym memberships. Many Medicare Advantage plans offer fitness programs that give members access to gyms, YMCAs, recreation centers and boutique studios for free or at a very low cost. These fitness centers offer a variety of workout options such as free weights, weight machines, exercise classes, swimming pools and other amenities to help members reach their fitness goals. The Silver&Fit® Healthy Aging and Exercise program is one example, providing access to 15,000+ standard and 5,000+ premium gyms, including national name-brand chains, YMCAs and boutique fitness studios. In addition to offering a variety of opportunities to stay fit, a fitness center can provide a social outlet for members who want to connect with others in their community.

2) Access to on-demand video training classes. Going to the gym can be a difficult task if there is no gym nearby, if the weather is bad, or if you don’t have transportation. Fortunately, some Medicare Advantage fitness plans include access to on-demand workout videos that you can do right from home! It’s easy to start, maintain or increase your exercise regime when you have a range of cardio, strength, dance, yoga, pilates, meditation and cycling classes to choose from. It’s not uncommon for programs like the Silver&Fit® Healthy Aging and Exercise Program to offer thousands of video class options and even offer free online classes through social media.

3) Health and fitness coaching. Setting and maintaining your health goals is one way to avoid becoming a couch potato. Stay engaged in your wellness journey by connecting with a personal health coach through a Medicare Advantage fitness program. Whether you want to increase your activity level, reduce stress, improve your eating habits, improve the quality of your sleep or simply feel better every day, a health coach can give you the boost you need via phone, video or chat sessions. For those looking for extra help with their fitness, programs including the Silver&Fit® Healthy Aging and Exercise Program offer a Get Started exercise plan designed to help you start a goal-based fitness routine.

A recent study from 2022 showed that nearly half of all eligible Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. It’s no wonder when you consider the numerous wellness benefits offered to members. The fitness programs and resources described above can help you create a personalized fitness routine so you can reduce your health risks and continue living your best life.

Always remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine and discuss what types of exercise are safest for you.

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