If you're eligible for Medicare, you're eligible for Silver Sneakers membership. And that's good news.
This fitness program for Medicare-eligible people has been around since 1992. It’s actually a brilliant concept, focusing on staying fit and healthy, thus avoiding problems that aging often brings.
Healthways Inc., the company dedicated to well-being in the world, purchased the program from Axia Health Management Inc in 2006. The program is now available in more than 15,000 fitness and wellness facilities around the country and growing.
With the onset of Baby Boomers entering that phase in life, the program keeps growing at a rapid pace.
Studies have proven that older adults who participate in this fitness program are healthier, more independent, happier and less challenged than others who don’t participate. And who doesn’t want that? Those of us looking for a life of gusto know our physical and mental health make all the difference in the world.
In addition to free access to anything a participating facility has to offer, program members have the options of attending special classes that cater to the needs of older adults. These include the need to improve flexibility, range of motion, endurance, strength and balance.
Classes often include education seminars help you lose weight, minimize stress and even quit smoking.
And many who participate in the program have found great social benefits as well. You can find new friends committed to the same goals you are.
Now, you don’t have to be part of a Silver Sneakers program to get and stay fit after 65. Anyone can join a gym or fitness facility and have an active exercise regime on their own.
But the beauty of this program is that you don’t pay anything extra to be part of the gym. That’s all covered by your insurance plan. Check here to see what plans cover the program.