​​​Encourage your patients to make New Year’s resolutions that stick

December 23, 2020

“It really doesn't matter what exercise you use. The trick is to stick with it. I usually see a large crowd at the health club during January because of New Year's resolutions, but the crowd starts to thin by February. You can find me there regardless of the month, January through December," says Robert, a longtime SilverSneakers® member.

We all want to feel better, stronger and more confident. That's why health-related resolutions top many lists every new year. Only a small percentage follow through like Robert, but simple strategies and a strong support network can help your patients stay motivated and committed to fitness resolutions this year … ​all year!

Help your patients set smart goals and create a roadmap

Many resolutions fail because they're too vague. Rather than “train for a marathon," guide your patients to “exercise for 2.5 hours every week." Remind them to create “SMART" goals that are simple, measurable, and include an endpoint and a roadmap to help your patients reach their goals.

Make it fun

Encourage your Independence Medicare Advantage patients to find activities they enjoy. Put that way, exercise sounds like something patients want to do rather than something they must do. Tell your patients to read “Not Motivated to Exercise? Do This…" on the SilverSneakers blog for simple strategies to help them keep their fitness resolutions on track.

SilverSneakers online and in person

Goals are easier to achieve when friends are involved. SilverSneakers is a community of like-minded people ready to help your patients along their journey. As Medicare Advantage members, your patients have access to SilverSneakers at no additional cost.

SilverSneakers members can take classes* at any of the thousands of participating locations† nationwide. Also, hiking and walking groups and a variety of unique classes are held at community parks, recreation centers and other neighborhood locations.

If the gym isn't an option for your patients, no problem. SilverSneakers LIVE full-length classes and workshops are offered via Zoom1 multiple times every day, including weekends. Your patients can pick the classes they want to attend and log on at class time to join other students in these classes led by SilverSneakers instructors. In addition, SilverSneakers On-DemandTM offers a video library with hundreds of online videos your patients can access. Low- and high-impact workouts, fall prevention classes, and stress management workshops are all accessible to them anytime, anyplace.

Encourage your Independence Medicare Advantage patients to create and stick to their healthy New Year's resolutions with the help of SilverSneakers. They can check their eligibility and learn more at SilverSneakers.com.

*Membership includes SilverSneakers instructor-led group fitness classes. Some locations offer members additional classes. Classes vary by location.

†Participating locations (“PL") are not owned or operated by Tivity Health, Inc. or its affiliates. Use of PL facilities and amenities is limited to terms and conditions of PL basic membership. Facilities and amenities vary by PL.

1Zoom is a third-party provider and is not owned or operated by Tivity Health or its affiliates. SilverSneakers members who access SilverSneakers Live classes are subject to Zoom's terms and conditions. SilverSneakers member must have Internet service to access SilverSneakers Live classes. Internet service charges are responsibility of SilverSneakers member.

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