What is Silver Sneakers?

You probably already know that senior fitness is an important part of retirement planning and staying healthy later in life. However, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of a fitness program that works with Medicare – Silver Sneakers. Millions of seniors take advantage of this healthcare benefit to stay in shape and active.

How it works
Silver Sneakers is most simply an exercise program designed for seniors and retirees. The main goal of the program is to provide seniors with a fitness center membership to stay active and healthy throughout every stage in life. There are thousands of fitness centers that participate in the program, but all involved in the program offer conditioning classes, access to exercise equipment, a pool and a sauna.

There are also Silver Sneakers classes specifically customized for seniors who are looking to improve their strength, flexibility and balance. The program also offers advisers to help seniors get started on an exercise routine. There are specific exercises that can help seniors lose weight or maintain a healthy body weight. In order to adopt a healthy lifestyle, including senior nutrition in addition to regular physical activity, Silver Sneakers offers health seminars to educate participants in the program.

Who is qualified
When you reach Medicare eligibility at the age of 65, you might automatically be enrolled or choose to sign up for a plan. Silver Sneakers is a benefit offered with many Medicare plans. There are more than 10,000 fitness centers connected with the Silver Sneakers program, which means that finding a place to work out won’t be too difficult. Additionally, there is the option to find a fitness center involved in the program anywhere in the U.S., which means seniors can either get their exercise near home or while traveling. To see if you are qualified for Silver Sneakers, check with your Medicare supplemental insurance provider or healthcare plan.

How to sign up
If you are qualified, you can sign up for Silver Sneakers online. There are several additional things you can do with the program online, including health assessments, track your physical progress, participate in discussion groups and get more information about senior fitness. The registration process is very simple and can be completed in just a few minutes.

To maximize your Senior Health Insurance benefits, visit MySeniorHealthPlan.com for quick, simple and easy information.