For some, winter conjures up images of gliding down the slopes, cooking hearty meals or cozy days by a fire. But for others, the images are not so inviting. Even before the pandemic, winter was associated with decreased physical activity because of colder weather and limited daylight hours, and an overall feeling of sadness and/or depression, also known as the winter blues.
Ironically, winter is also the time of year when many people resolve to make a change and improve their health — whether that’s exercising more, changing up their eating habits or prioritizing their mental wellbeing — and this year should be no exception. A recent survey found 75% percent of people say they are taking a more proactive approach to managing their health.1 Winter doesn’t have to interfere with those intentions.
Exercise, while sometimes harder to do or less appealing in the winter months, can help fend off those winter blues and get the year off to an active start. We’re not talking running a 5k a day. It’s about your personal fitness level and goals, so even walking the dog can make a difference in your health. You might have to bundle up, but you’ll be glad you did.
Wearables can be a great source of motivation and accountability, to help you get moving and stick to a routine. Today, there are so many options to choose from, you can really find the device that’s made for you.
For an extra boost of support, John Hancock life insurance customers who participate in John Hancock Vitality PLUS have a choice between:
Additionally, all John Hancock Vitality customers have access to discounts on wearable devices from Fitbit®, Polar® and Garmin®. No matter how they choose to exercise, customers are seeing real results.
Physical activity is important, but if you’re only taking care of your physical health, you’re not taking care of your whole self. It’s important to ensure you’re doing everything to support your mental health too, especially if you’re feeling the impact of colder, darker days. That means getting enough quality sleep and giving your mind the chance to recharge.
While we often associate wearables with physical activity, many also include technology to help you better understand your sleep patterns. John Hancock Vitality customers are encouraged to use their devices to monitor their zzzzs and make adjustments to their nighttime routines or habits, with the goal of getting better rest.
Along with working on your sleep, the slower pace of winter could be the perfect chance to give meditation a try. With so much happening in our world, we all need a little break. The ancient practice is becoming increasingly popular and there are a number of apps available to guide you through the process of slowing down your mind. John Hancock Vitality integrates with Headspace, Breathe, Buddhify and Calm, allowing customers to find the program that works best for them.
Whether late sunrises are interfering with your morning walks or the chillier days coupled with social distancing have you feeling increasingly isolated, making a few small changes to your daily routine could have a big impact on your overall well-being this season. Winter only lasts a few months, but it sets the stage for the year ahead, and now is a great chance to prioritize your body and mind, one day at a time. And remember, spring will be here soon enough.
John Hancock Vitality makes customers’ overall health a priority during every season, but its resources can be especially valuable during the months when people need extra support. Vitality is a program available with every John Hancock life insurance policy. It includes tools, resources, education and incentives to help you take small steps every day toward a longer, healthier life, and rewards you for your efforts with discounts, savings and other benefits.
1 ReMark (2020) ReAffirm Life: Living with the Pandemic. London. Available at https://www.remarkgroup.com/en/global-consumer-study (Accessed 4 January 2021)
2 Apple Watch program is not available in New York or Puerto Rico. Apple Watches ordered through John Hancock Vitality may not be shipped to addresses inGuam. Once you become a Vitality PLUS member and complete the Vitality Health Review (VHR), you can order Apple Watch by electronically signing, atcheckout, a Retail Installment Agreement with the Vitality Group, for the retail price of the watch. After an initial payment of $25 plus tax, over the next twoyears, monthly out-of-pocket payments are based on the number of Standard Workouts (10,000 to 14,999 steps) and Advanced Workouts (15,000 steps) or theapplicable Active Calorie thresholds. The step counts required for Standard and Advanced Workouts are reduced for members beginning at age 71+. One-timeupgrade fees plus taxes apply if you choose (GPS + Cellular) versions of Apple Watch, larger watch case sizes, and certain bands and case materials. For more information, please visit JohnHancockInsurance.com. Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion. Apple Watch is a registered trademark of AppleInc. All rights reserved.
3 The complimentary Amazon Halo device and three-year Halo membership are only available to new Vitality PLUS Members and are not available with policiesissued in New York, Puerto Rico and Guam. At the end of the complimentary Amazon Halo health and wellness membership, charges will apply automatically to the credit card on file with Amazon.com unless the membership is opted out of. Amazon Halo allows Vitality members to earn Vitality Points for physical activity,Halo Sleep and Halo Labs. The Amazon Halo health and wellness membership is required in order to earn Vitality Points for Halo Sleep and the full suite of HaloLabs. Other features of Halo are not eligible for Vitality Points with the Vitality Program. Amazon and all related marks are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. orits affiliates.
Vitality is the provider of the John Hancock Vitality Program in connection with policies issued by John Hancock.
Products or services offered under the Vitality Program are not insurance and are subject to change. There may be additional costs associated with these products orservices and there are additional requirements associated with participation in the program. For more information, please contact the company atJohnHancockInsurance.com or via telephone at 888-333-2659.
Vitality Rewards may vary based on the type of insurance policy purchased for the insured (Vitality Program Member) and the state where the insurance policy was issued.John Hancock Vitality Program rewards and discounts are only available to the person insured under the eligible life insurance policy. Rewards and discounts are subject tochange and are not guaranteed to remain the same for the life of the policy.
Vitality GO is not available with policies issued in New York & Puerto Rico.
The HealthyMind benefit is not available in New York.
Insurance policies and/or associated riders and features may not be available in all states.Insurance products are issued by: John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), Boston, MA 02116 (not licensed in New York) and John Hancock Life Insurance Companyof New York, Valhalla, NY 10595.