Which Medicare Plans Cover SilverSneakers?
Most Medicare Advantage (Part C) Plans include a SilverSneakers membership. First, you must be signed up for Original Medicare. Then you can select a Medicare Advantage Plan that includes SilverSneakers.
How Much Does SilverSneakers Cost?
There is no cost to you if you have SilverSneakers included in your Medicare Advantage plan.
What Is The Eligibility For SilverSneakers?
If you’re 65 or older and have Original Medicare, you’re eligible for SilverSneakers. Just be sure you’re enrolled in a Part C Medicare Advantage plan that includes SilverSneakers benefits. See if you qualify.
How Does SilverSneakers Work?
Once you have enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes SilverSneakers, you can go to the SilverSneakers website to sign up. When you register, you'll receive your own personalized ID card with your SilverSneakers number. Once you receive your ID card, you can attend fitness classes online or at one of the thousands of SilverSneakers locations nationwide.
How SilverSneakers Benefits Seniors On Medicare
SilverSneakers focuses on important areas of health and wellness for seniors and those who qualify.
Stamina gives you the ability to exercise for a decent amount of time without your body becoming tired. Aerobic or cardio training boosts stamina as it increases your breathing and heart rate, helps maintain healthy weight levels, and improves mobility.
Strength training can help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes. And you don't have to bench press. For older adults, simple strength-building exercises such as chair squats, single-leg stands, wall pushups, and stair climbing help build and tone muscle.
Flexibility exercises help improve and extend your movements, and better yet, they warm up your muscles and make you less prone to injury. Workout sessions with gentle stretches can also help ease those pesky neck cricks, backaches, and other muscle soreness.
Balance exercises give you more mobility and physical control, which helps you avoid falls as you become older. You may find yourself feeling nimbler with every session.
SilverSneakers And The FLEX Program
If you're enrolled in SilverSneakers, you also have access to FLEX workout classes for older adults. It includes more than 70 types of classes, such as yoga, tai chi, Zumba®, and more. FLEX classes also feature professional instructors who understand what it takes to stay fit after 65.
Take Advantage Of SilverSneakers Programs
SilverSneakers offers a wide variety of fitness benefits and programs to fit many different needs. In addition to physical benefits, exercise for older adults has been proven to have mental health benefits, too. It can even lower your healthcare costs.
SilverSneakers Circuit: The SilverSneakers Circuit workout offers standing, low-impact choreography alternated with standing upper-body strength work with hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a SilverSneakers ball. A chair is available for standing support.
SilverSneakers Classic: Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a SilverSneakers ball are offered for resistance. A chair is used for seated or standing support.
Senior Stretch: Senior stretch is a class that provides flexibility and increase range of motion for the entire body. The instructor will focus on all major muscle groups with a variety of different types of stretch techniques. The goal is for your body to feel better, prevent injury, and increase range of motion.
Zumba: A fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training with alternating fast and slow rhythms to help improve cardiovascular fitness.
Zumba Gold: Perfect for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity.
Zumba Toning: Toning and sculpting those muscles by adding resistance by using Zumba® Toning Sticks (or light weights), helps you focus on specific muscle groups, so you (and your muscles) stay engaged!
Low-impact Circuit Training: Monday at 6:30 PM only. An interval type of physical training that involves high intensity exercise alternated with rest periods is highly effective in conditioning the cardiovascular system while increasing muscle strength. Active rest between high intensity work allows the heart rate to drop, giving the participant the opportunity to recover before the next high intensity interval. These types of workouts can include a mix of cardio exercises with resistance training.