When turning 65, staying healthy and active is crucial to your health and well-being. Quitting your bad habits early in life, like smoking and eating junk food, can have a great impact on your physical and mental health. So many things change when you reach the 65 mile marker, but it doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the road! Your Medicare Health Plan may have additional benefits to help you stay healthy. Check out some of the tips to staying healthy and active to ensure your well-being during your golden years!

Do you have bad habits?

Change and learning to deal with change is tough, no matter your age. Helping.org suggests a few tips for dealing with change;

  • Pick up a long-neglected hobby or try a new hobby
  • Play with your grandkids, nieces, nephews, or a favorite pet
  • Learn something new (an instrument, a foreign language, a new game, a new sport)
  • Get involved in your community (volunteer or attend a local event)
  • Take a class or join a club or sports team
  • Travel somewhere new or go on a weekend trip to a place you’ve never visited

Where do I get started?

It is never too late to start being healthy. Treating your body and mind right is the key to a healthy life. If you are healthy, dealing with an injury, or any mental health issues, physical activity helps not only those things but so much more. Exercise can improve your confidence, can prevent memory loss, cognitive incline and dementia – just to name a few.

Getting Active Today

You should always check with your health are provider or a medical professional review the types of exercises best for you. They may recommend that you start off a little slower with simple treadmill walks, or recommend you to do weekly Zumba classes, maybe swimming or strength building weights! If you find an activity you like, stick to it because you will always be motivated to continue.

Classes and training sessions are a great way to discover what you like and what fits you best and a lot of these are included with your membership packages. Many gyms offer aerobics, yoga, Zumba, swimming and other activities on a regular basis.

Resources for You

Additionally, gyms and fitness clubs offer discounts to people over 65, and some Medicare health plans provide discounted memberships to select gyms and clubs. National companies such as Gold’s Gym and Bally’s Total Fitness offer discounts, which can vary by location. If you are unsure about a certain gym or health club, they may offer a trial at a discount or maybe even free!

Not sure if your Medicare Health Plan covers gym memberships or discount programs? You can also contact us to review your Medicare Health plan to see if you have any additional fitness benefits included. Additional questions? Give us a call at 866-466-9118 to speak with a licensed insurance agent.