Last year when we got our insurance cards in the mail from Humana, they also send us each a Silver Sneakers card. This was an unexpected perk for using Humana to provide our medicare advantage plan D coverage. The Silver Sneakers card allows the cardholder to join any gym for free that participates in the program. Fabgrandpa and I have been talking about joining a gym for several months now.
When I went to the endocrinologist last month, I discussed it with him. I told him I wanted to go so I could use the treadmill and the stationery bicycle, at least. He said it was a very good idea, and that it was better for me than trying to walk in the heat of the summer. Then, Fabgrandpa’s doctor at the VA said it was a good thing, too.
We actually went to the gym in town and talked with them last month, and had a short tour of the facility. They have all kinds of machines, weights, and classes for exercise. But, we are mainly interested in getting moving. So, today, we went over there and actually did something for the first time.
I was able to make for 2 minutes on the treadmill, and then for 3 minutes on the bicycle. I also did about 5 repetitions with a weight thing that worked my upper arms. That was enough for the first day. I was moving, and that was what it is all about.
So, I have decided to put a little box in my sidebar, and update it every time we go to the gym. I’ll be so brave as to put my weight, and how long I made it walking, bicycling, and whatever else I do. Y’all can help me by leaving encouraging comments here, and I’ll put a permanent link to this post in the box, too. What do you do to get moving? If you are a senior, and on medicare, do you have Silver Sneakers? If you do, do you use it? Will you start?