Walk your way to better health

September 13, 2021

ERS Walk and Talk logoYou probably know that walking is one of the simplest ways to stay physically fit as you age. Recent research indicates that brisk 40-minute walks three times a week also can support brain function and memory for those over age 60.

Next time you’re tying on your walking shoes, you can take ERS Health Promotion Administrator Lacy Wolff along with you through the ERS Walk and Talk podcast.

Each episode features Wolff walking and talking with a health and wellness expert or inspirational guest. Recent topics include “The Key to Intrinsic Motivation,” “Surprising Antidotes for Loneliness,” and “The Link Between Physical Activity and Leadership.” 

“My goal is simple—to encourage people to take a break and do something good for their health above and below the neck,” Wolff says.

ERS Walk and Talk is available on most podcast platforms, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts. New episodes are posted every other Friday. Find a link to the series and recordings of previous episodes on the ERS Wellness Resources webpage.

More ways to make fitness fun

older people doing yoga on lake deckEach health plan in the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program includes fun and convenient ways to help you stay fit. 

Non-Medicare plans

If you’re enrolled in HealthSelect of Texas®, Consumer Direct HealthSelectSM or HealthSelectSM Secondary, you can take advantage of the Fitness Program offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, the plans’ administrator. The program offers unlimited access to a nationwide network of fitness centers, online fitness videos and virtual fitness classes. Participants pay a one-time enrollment fee ($19, plus tax; no enrollment fee for digital-only membership) plus a monthly fee starting at $10 for the digital-only option and $19 for the fitness center option. No contracts are involved and you can cancel your membership  at any time. Learn more on the BCBSTX Fitness Program page.

HealthSelect Medicare Advantage 

Retirees enrolled in HealthSelectSM Medicare Advantage Plan, a preferred provider organization (MA PPO), can join SilverSneakers®, a nationwide program specifically for adults age 65 and older.

In addition to free access to thousands of gyms and fitness centers nationwide, SilverSneakers offers an on-demand library of workout and wellness videos, community classes and live virtual classes. Classes are for all abilities and range from low-impact exercises for flexibility and mobility, to cardio workouts and more. Many retirees who use the program say it’s one of their favorite benefits in their health care plan.

Get started at SilverSneakers.com. Be sure to have your HealthSelect MA PPO ID card handy when enrolling.

Consult a health care professional before beginning any exercise program. Program availability varies by market. See your Evidence of Coverage for details. SilverSneakers is a registered trademark of Tivity Health, Inc. SilverSneakers On-Demand is a trademark of Tivity Health, Inc. © 2021 Tivity Health, Inc. All Rights Reserved.