Finding Your Health Groove

Everyone is different, so to feel great and get healthy you have to find your own groove, and it's probably somewhere between sitting on the couch and running marathons. When we picture health, we think of big muscles, flat abs and lots of sweat.

But maintaining a lifelong healthy routine can be as simple as finding what you enjoy and what works for your schedule.

For me, it’s been running. I started when I was a teenager, to relieve stress and be active. My groove was running a one-mile loop around my neighborhood daily.

I didn’t follow a structured exercise plan until I starting studying for my exercise science degree. I began with local 5K and 10K races. Then I wanted a challenge, so I decided to run a half marathon. I had never completed a race of any length. So I wrote a training plan, put it on my calendar and followed it.

Make a plan to incorporate activities that you enjoy. If you do not enjoy running, don’t run. Instead try a bike ride or a water aerobics class.

Need help finding what your groove is? Ask yourself the following questions from WebMD:

1.     Where do you want to work out?

2.     What is convenient?

3.     Do you want to exercise by yourself or with others?

4.     What would be fun?

If you don’t enjoy the activity, it will be that much more difficult to continue doing it long-term. Once you find what you enjoy, your workout won’t feel like work.

Remember, it’s never too late to make healthy changes. Start small. Choose a farther parking spot, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or meet a friend for an evening walk at a local trail.

If you’re not a morning person, exercise in the evening.

Also, remember that if you miss a day or fall out of your groove, don’t punish yourself. Tomorrow is a new day, and you can start over again.

I’m training for my 10th half marathon right now. I’m still loving the structure of my plan even though I’m not breaking any records. My goal is to enjoy my training and on race day, cross the finish line with a smile.

By Caroline Kahnk, BCBSNE Wellness Coordinator

HEALTH INSURANCE TERMS


COINSURANCE

The percentage of the bill you pay after your deductible has been met.

COPAY

A fixed amount you pay when you get a covered health service.

Tiered benefit plan

A health care plan featuring multiple levels of benefits based on the network status of a particular provider. 

DEDUCTIBLE

The annual amount you pay for covered health services before your insurance begins to pay.

emergency care services

Any covered services received in a hospital emergency room setting.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER SERVICES

Includes behavioral health treatment, counseling, and psychotherapy


in-network provider

A provider contracted by your insurance company to accept an agreed upon payment for covered services. 

OUT-OF-network provider

A term for providers that aren’t contracting with your insurance company. (Your out-of-pocket costs will tend to be more expensive if you go to an out-of-network provider.)

out-of-pocket

Your expenses for medical care that aren’t reimbursed by insurance, including deductibles, coinsurance and co-payments.

penalty

If you can afford health insurance, but choose not to buy it, you must have a health coverage exemption or pay a tax penalty on your federal income tax return.

premium

The amount you pay to your health insurance company each month. 


Preventive services

Health care services that focus on the prevention of disease and health maintenance.

rehab SERVICES

Services and devices to help you recover if you are injured or have surgery. This includes physical, occupational and speech therapy.

special enrollment period

The time after the Open Enrollment Period when you can still purchase health insurance only if you have a qualifying life event (losing other health coverage, having a baby, getting married, moving).

specialist

A physician who has a majority of his or her practice in fields other than internal or general medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics or family practice.