Staying healthy and maintaining your health requires many key strategies to be the best you can be. Health insurance is a vital piece of your healthcare. If you don’t have it, both finding and receiving proper healthcare from high-quality medical professionals may prove frustrating and even difficult for you.
When you combine proper healthcare with a healthy lifestyle, you’ll be better off both in the present and in the long term. Follow some key steps to stay healthy in the New Year.
Medicare is generally for those 65 years of age and older; however, healthcare insurance is important for everyone. When applying for Medicare, consider the timelines and deadlines so that you do not accrue a Medicare penalty by applying late and having a lapse in coverage. Doing so could result in greater medical costs to you that could have been avoided.
It’s also vital to know what your insurance covers so that no surprise bills are coming your way. Before scheduling appointments, always feel comfortable contacting your insurance company to inquire about what is covered, any procedures such as referrals or pre-approvals that you may need to follow, and the amount of co-pays. As the adage says, knowledge is power.
Engaging in daily physical activity will provide you with years of agility and flexibility once you begin practicing it routinely. Yoga is very easy to get started with as both a hobby and exercise regimen. Yoga is an amazing life aid in that it provides a multitude of benefits, such as relaxation, stress relief, and mindful meditation opportunities. The stretching and poses involved in yoga can be done at any age and continued as life progresses.
Eating in a healthy manner can mean different things for different people. However, there are mainstays to every healthy diet. Consuming large amounts of colorful fruits and vegetables and reducing the portion size of red meats has proven beneficial for overall health.
Adding in whole grains and legumes while limiting refined sugars can help with blood sugar levels. Eating healthy foods does not mean you have to cut out everything else, it means that your plate should be filled with more beneficial foods than not for your overall health. Of course, consuming healthier food choices can lead to healthier body weight when combined with exercise.
Numerous studies over the years have shown that having friends increases both longevity and general health. Whether you have a large group of friends or a few reliably close ones to lean on in times of need, having a support system is important throughout life. They’ll be there to laugh and cry with. You can even enlist those friends in trying out yoga with you and healthy eating challenges.
Here is a fun video on the benefits of having a good friend in your life.
You’re all set and ready to put 2020 in your rearview mirror and greet 2021 with open arms. Remember your Medicare deadlines to not accrue any penalties or deviation in care. Begin your new healthy habits for a new you and always contact your friends. They’ll be there for you as much as you’re there for them.