That is the question!
We all agree that exercise is one of the most important factors in keeping healthy. However, with the Covid situation, some people may not want to go to the gym and
wonder what is available instead.
Most Medicare Advantage plans offer “no-cost” gym memberships as a value-added benefit. But for those who do not want to go to a gym, insurance carriers provide health incentives as an option to exercise. These incentives could include a no-cost home fitness kit, online workout videos, or live-streaming fitness classes. For example, when looking at what was available online, I found a live-streaming class offering European Folk dances one day. With the internet, your choices
are almost limitless.
There was a program on PBS entitled “Sit and Be Fit.” It was created in the mid-1980s by Mary Wilson, a nurse specializing in geriatric medicine. In these episodes, you could follow along if you were ambulatory or if in a wheelchair, engage while seated. There were almost 400 recordings of the show. You can still purchase them online or view them on YouTube. These gentle movement exercises can benefit almost anyone.
To find out what exercise options are available on your Medicare plan, simply call the Member Service number on the back of your ID card.
Information sourced from: Mayo Clinic/Healthline