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. Seniors and Medicare beneficiaries who have physician referrals will be able to take part in exercise programs at the expense of Medicare! Plus, thousands of gyms across the country offer a Silver & Fit or Silver Sneakers Medicare fitness program. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle just got that much easier!
Silver Sneakers Medicare Fitness
In a nutshell, this is a fun exercise program for seniors. It is a fitness benefit found in many leading Medicare insurance plans that help provide guidance and convenient group exercises to improve general fitness, strength, flexibility, and walking ability. These classes can also help seniors and Medicare eligibles find new friends who also want to pursue an active lifestyle.
How do you get it?
This fitness service is not covered by Original Medicare (Part A and B). If you are interested in enrolling in a Medicare fitness program, you will need to be enrolled in a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan that supports it. Fitness programs are 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 fitness program.
Silver Sneakers Eligibility
More than 65% of leading Medicare Advantage plans, as well as Medigap plans, include 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!
Workout and Programs
There are numerous workouts you can choose from. These include classic, circuit, cardio-fit, yoga, splash, stability, etc. A 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 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 and offers a great start to living a healthy lifestyle.
They also offer indoor and outdoor exercise opportunities. Some locations have yoga on the beach, exercises in a neighborhood park, or other fun outdoor exercise opportunities!
Eligible Gyms and Locations
There are over 11,000 locations across the United States. These locations include gyms, wellness centers, and YMCAs. Additionally, each location can provide equipment demonstrations. Once enrolled, you have access to any of these participating facilities. Enrollees receive a list of local participating facilities, including addresses and phone numbers. To find locations near you, click here.
Silver Sneakers Go
In early 2019, Silver Sneakers released an app just in time for New Year’s resolutions. The app allows you to access your member ID and digital card. It can track and schedule the various classes and activities available to members. Plus, it even shows locations and classes near you, which is great if you are traveling in a new area.
Silver and Fit Program
This program includes multiple benefits that are available to seniors and Medicare eligibles like you. These benefits include a fitness facility program, home fitness program, a resource library, fitness challenges, rewards program, and more! Depending on your coverage, there may be no additional fees to join. This is great if you are on a budget and looking to live a healthy lifestyle.
The body conditioning classes that are designed to increase your strength, endurance, stamina, flexibility, balance, and more. A class is typically an hour in length and is offered several times a week. The 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 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
Original Medicare (Parts A and B) does not cover this fitness program. Certain Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans offer this program. 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.
Locations and Gyms
If you choose to enroll in this program, you will have access to over 11,000 gyms and locations nationwide. These locations can include gyms, wellness centers, and YMCAs. To find locations near you, click here.
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.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 blog was originally published on 10/1/18 and was updated on 1/17/19.