Looking to Shape Up & Get Fit? Say Hello to The SilverSneakers Program

By planmedicare1 - March 10, 2016

Many Medicare plans offer memberships to leading fitness facilities across the U.S. as part of a national program called SilverSneakers. SilverSneakers is designed exclusively for older adults looking to get or stay active. If you are a group retiree or part of a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement Health plan, you may already have a SilverSneakers membership.

Are You Eligible?

The SilverSneakers fitness program enables many Medicare enrollees to join one of the 11,000 participating health clubs or fitness centers in the U.S. at a reduced rate and with added benefits. Currently there are more than 65 Medicare health plans that cover the SilverSneaker Program, for those enrolled in certain Medicare Advantage & Medicare Supplemental plans.

What Can You Expect?

At each fitness location, there is a trained program advisor who will help you understand the SilverSneakers program and how it works at that particular location. The advisor will show you around the facility and answer all of your questions. In addition, there are online tools available, which can help you keep track of your progress and gain access to health education seminars.

The Workout – Get Fit Below

SilverSneakers offers their members a basic membership at any participating location around the country. In addition SilverSneakers often includes group classes led by certified instructors, health education meetings and social events and online nutrition videos and support tools.

The majority of participating locations provide access to basic treadmills, weight equipment and stationary bikes, among most other basic gym equipment. There are also 45 – 60 minute classes offered at least twice a week. These classes are total-body conditioning classes that are designed to increase muscular strength, endurance and range of movement.  Credentialed instructors who are specially trained in leading fitness programs for aging adults teach the classes.  They are CPR-certified and aware of emergency procedures. Examples of class type include: aerobic, cardio fit, yoga and even a splash class done in a pool.

Whether or not you are looking to stay fit or take advantage of an opportunity to get fit ask Plan Medicare about the variety of Medicare plans that offer SilverSneakers.

About Plan Medicare
Located in Melville, New York, Plan Medicare is a consulting agency formed to aid in understanding the many facets of Medicare.  Plan Medicare helps determine eligibility, clarify options and assist in the enrollment process.  Representatives are available 365 days a year to answer questions on payments, billing, policy, updates and changes and enrolling in new plans and policies. The health care landscape is constantly changing, it can be confusing and frustrating to try to figure out what kind of plan will work best.  Assistance is available, however. We make Medicare easy.

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