Silver Sneakers and Silver & Fit: Medicare Fitness Programs
Wishing you could afford a gym membership or a yoga class? You might be able to get the coverage you need with a Medicare fitness program. Chronic disease prevention is one of the requirements for all Medicare plans, which is why a Medicare fitness program supports fall prevention, hypertension, diabetes, and more. Plus, thousands of gyms across the country offer a Medicare fitness program. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle just got that much easier!
Medicare Silver Sneakers
Medicare Silver Sneakers, in a nutshell, is a fun exercise program for seniors and Medicare eligibles. It is a fitness benefit found in many leading Medicare insurance plans that helps provide guidance and convenient group exercises to improve general fitness, strength, flexibility, and walking ability. Medicare Silver Sneakers fitness events can also help seniors find new friends who also want to pursue an active lifestyle.
How do you get Silver Sneakers?
Medicare Silver Sneakers is a basic fitness service and is not covered by Original Medicare (Part A and B). If you are interested in enrolling in a Medicare fitness program like Medicare Silver Sneakers, you will need to be enrolled in a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan that supports it. Medicare Silver Sneakers is not included in every Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan, so it’s important to discuss your coverage options with a licensed Medicare agent. They can help you purchase a plan that fits your needs and budget and includes a Medicare fitness program.
Silver Sneakers Eligibility
More than 65% of leading Medicare Advantage plans, as well as Medigap plans, include Medicare Silver Sneakers eligibility. The best part is that this is available to you – if you qualify – at no cost! How do you figure that part out? Well, fill out this form or call us at 833-438-3676!
Silver Sneakers Workout
There are numerous Medicare Silver Sneakers workouts you can choose from. These include classic, circuit, cardio-fit, yoga, splash, stability, etc. A Medicare Silver Sneakers workout is typically 45 to 60 minutes, twice a week. These classes are total body conditioning workouts and often involve hand-held weights, elastic tubing for resistance exercises, and small exercise balls. In some classes, participants may use chairs for additional support and balance.
The classic Medicare Silver Sneakers workout focuses on low-impact training that is suitable for all fitness levels. This workout is designed to increase your muscle strength and range of movement. There is typically a chair that incorporates seated exercises. This classic Medicare Silver Sneakers workout is a great way to start living a healthy lifestyle.
Medicare Silver Sneakers also offers indoor and outdoor exercise opportunities. Some Silver Sneakers locations have yoga on the beach, exercises in a neighborhood park, or other fun outdoor exercise opportunities!
Silver Sneakers Locations
Silver Sneakers has over 11,000 locations across the United States. These Silver Sneakers locations include gyms, wellness centers, and YMCAs. Additionally, each location can provide equipment demonstrations. Once enrolled in Medicare Silver Sneakers, you have access to any of these participating facilities. Enrollees receive a list of local participating facilities, including addresses and phone numbers. To find Medicare Silver Sneakers locations near you, click here.
Silver and Fit Program
The Silver and Fit program includes multiple benefits that are available to seniors and Medicare elibibles like you. These benefits include a fitness facility program, home fitness program, resource library, fitness challenges, rewards program, and more! Depending on your coverage, there may be no additional fees to join a Silver and Fit program. This is great if you are on a budget and looking to live a healthy lifestyle.
Silver and Fit program classes are body conditioning classes that are designed to increase your strength, endurance, stamina, flexibility, balance, and more. A Silver and Fit program is typically an hour in length and is offered several times a week. The Silver and Fit program incorporates weights, elastics, and balls into the workouts. One of the many perks of Silver and Fit is the balance between fitness facility programs and home fitness programs. Home fitness programs offer various kits including walking, yoga, chair Pilates, stress management, Tai Chi, and aquatic exercise. This is a great option for seniors and Medicare eligibles who need focused exercise in their home. Other Silver and Fit program benefits include gender-specific gyms and exercise centers beyond the average fitness facility. These facilities can include yoga and lap pools.
Silver and Fit Eligibility
Just like Medicare Silver Sneakers, Original Medicare (Parts A and B) does not cover this fitness program. Certain Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans provide Silver and Fit eligibility. To find out if your current Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan includes Silver and Fit eligibility, click here or call us to speak with a licensed agent at 833-438-3676.
Silver and Fit Locations
If you choose to enroll in a Silver and Fit program, you will have access to over 11,000 Silver and Fit locations nationwide. Just like Medicare Silver Sneakers, these Silver and Fit locations can include gyms, wellness centers, and YMCAs. To find Silver and Fit locations near you, click here.
Medicare Beneficiary & Senior Fitness
It’s never too late to start exercising. Active lifestyles are important for maintaining your health and quality of life. Exercise can benefit older adults mentally and physically. Moderate exercise can help alleviate stress and potentially reduce feelings of depression. Plus, regular exercise may be able to improve mental function.
Regular participation in a Medicare fitness program can help improve your strength, balance, and endurance. Participating in a healthy lifestyle encourages independence. If you have any questions or are interested in exploring Medicare coverage, complete this form or call us at 833-438-3676.
This post was originally published on May 10, 2017, and updated on October 1, 2018.