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Staying Fit

Staying active is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself, especially as you age. Exercise — even in moderate amounts — can improve your overall well-being in a variety of ways.

In fact, according to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease compared with those who are more active. Also, those with arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking have been shown to benefit from regular exercise.

  • Improve cognitive function
  • Boost energy levels
  • Increase muscle and bone strength
  • Be more flexible
  • Have better balance, which can help prevent falls
  • Maintain your independence so you can do everyday tasks like vacuuming, cooking, and shopping
  • Keep doing the things you love, such as playing with grandkids, gardening, and traveling

Exercise can also help you:

  • Reduce stress
  • Be in a better mood

The sooner you start an exercise program, the quicker you’ll experience the benefits of being active. Get going now!
Staying Active Exercise Basics

Here are a few tips to getting started with your exercise regimen:

  • Make an appointment to talk with your doctor about the level of physical activity you should be trying and whether your health is cause for any exercise restrictions.
  • Start slowly. Try taking a walk or joining a gym. Check to see if you’re eligible for SilverSneakers® Fitness, which includes access to 13,000+ fitness locations, with use of amenities plus group fitness classes designed for all levels and abilities.
  • Work out with a spouse or friend. You’ll have an accountability partner, and you’ll enjoy the camaraderie.
  • Set weekly goals. After talking with your doctor, decide how often you want to exercise and for how long. List the types of exercise you plan to do, and who will be your workout buddies.

If you’re a BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medicare plan member, check out numerous benefits and fitness resources available to you that will help jumpstart your journey to a healthier you.

Tivity Health, Inc. is an independent company that provides fitness services for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Tivity Health, Inc. does not provide BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee branded products and services.  Tivity Health, SilverSneakers, SilverSneakers FLEX and BOOM are registered trademarks or trademarks of Tivity Health, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. © 2017 Tivity Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

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