Fitness for older women is available, affordable, and absolutely necessary!
Most of us need to improve our fitness with some type of exercise regimen. Fitness for older women and men is recommended by insurance companies, who make great forms of exercise available free of charge through Medicare Advantage Plans. Let’s face it. If an insurance company is encouraging you to exercise and is willing to pay for it, you know they are expecting huge returns on their investment. You certainly will be a whole lot healthier, will resist all kinds of stuff going around, and will be happier to be around. Above all else, you can add years onto your life expectancy.
If you have led a sedentary life, including having had an office job where sitting was the standard, without having experienced some routine exercises or sports, you definitely need to find a way to make fitness a normal part of your routine. Even those confined to a wheelchair will find that exercising will improve their body strength and health overall.
Companies offering the Silver Sneakers program include:
- Florida Blue
- United Healthcare
To get information for those insurance companies in your area, complete the zip code box on the form provided in an online article.
I have spoken before about the one I have chosen–Curves–and they also provide a variety of specialized classes including Body Sculpting, Yoga, Body Balance, Cardio, and Zumba! Isn’t that awesome?
In addition to Curves, there are eight other locations in my area that provide a Silver Sneakers program, including two YWCA s and Heartland Rehabs. To find out who and how many are in your area and where they are located, please click on Silver Sneakers.
If I don’t feel confident about my body, I’m not going to sit at home and feel sorry for myself and not do something about it. It’s all about taking action and not being lazy. So you do the work, whether it’s fitness or whatever. It’s about getting up, motivating yourself and just doing it. Kim Kardashian
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Other Government-Sponsored Programs
Fitness for the older population is also recommended by government agencies, such as the Center for Disease Control and the National Institute on Aging which is part of the National Institutes of Health, but I don’t have to provide statistics to substantiate that those who can exercise should be doing it on a regular basis. The government, too, is expecting great financial benefits from improving the overall health of the aging population. In FY2016, 28% of federal spending went for health care.
Count yourself extremely fortunate if you have the ability to participate, and if you have any doubts at all, you need to ask your doctor. For those who do not currently have access to the Silver Sneakers programs, there are government programs available that make it easy for you to get started. September is a targeted month for the Go4Life group who has a special program with incentives available. Not only do they provide a large list of exercises, they also demonstrate each exercise both visually and verbally. This organization also offers many other opportunities for growth.
Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them. Lee Haney
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If you have had little or no exercise, proceed slowly and carefully. Address the issue with your doctor to make sure that what you are doing is appropriate for your situation. It is essential that you do not overdo it, as that can and will cause harm and make it difficult to continue to exercise. Remember that improving your fitness will improve the way you think about yourself by giving you a sense of accomplishment. Further, you will appreciate an improved ability to think clearer, positive changes in your cholesterol, increased agility, and possible weight loss.
Walk, Walk, and Walk
Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you do nothing else, please start walking, building up to at least three times a week for 30 minutes each walk. You will have achieved a good milestone, but plan to go further. The really important thing to remember here is that you need to get started, setting goals for how often and how long, staying motivated to continue and finding yourself not wanting to stop. Trust me, you will not want to stop and if you have to for some brief period, start all over again when it is safe to do so. Enjoy the new you!