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According to the National Institute on Aging, physical activity is an important part of healthy aging. Maybe you know this, but find it difficult to be motivated to exercise alone.

SilverSneakers is a health and fitness program designed for adults 65 and over and is sometimes included as a Medicare Advantage extra benefit. SilverSneakers may make you healthier by making it easier for you to be physically active.

How much exercise do I need?

The U.S. National Library of Medicine recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic physical activity per week. You may also opt to do a combination of the two. For example, you could do 100 minutes of yoga and 30 minutes of speed walking.

Signing up for a SilverSneakers program through a Medicare Advantage plan might encourage you to exercise regularly. That physical activity may improve your overall health and reduce your risk for many chronic diseases, according to the National Institutes of Health. .

If you already have a chronic disease, regular exercise can help manage your symptoms and improve your health, according to the Mayo Clinic.

How does SilverSneakers provide fitness benefits?

  • SilverSneakers has over 16,000 fitness locations across the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. These fitness locations can include gyms and community centers.
  • SilverSneakers instructors teach a variety of exercise classes, including cardio fit, yoga, shallow-water exercise, stability and many more. All these classes are designed for older adults.
  • SilverSneakers provides an on-demand video library of classes, workouts, and how-to videos for you to use in the comfort of your

Keep in mind that specific classes and amenities available may vary from location to location.

What health conditions can SilverSneakers fitness programs help improve?

According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise may help with:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Dementia

According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise may:

  • Improve strength and endurance
  • Increase flexibility
  • Reduce pain
  • Improve cognition

How much will SilverSneakers cost me per month?

You may be used to paying $15, $25, $40 or even more per month for a gym membership, but SilverSneakers may cost you nothing extra if it’s included in your Medicare Advantage plan.

Medicare Advantage gives you a way to get your Medicare Part A and Part B benefits from a private insurance company. Medicare Advantage plans must cover everything that Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) covers.

Medicare Advantage plans often come with additional benefits, such as coverage for routine dental, routine vision, prescription drugs, and of course the SilverSneakers fitness program. Different plans may offer different bonus benefits.

How am I eligible for SilverSneakers?

You are generally eligible for SilverSneakers if you are eligible for Medicare Advantage.

To be eligible for Medicare Advantage you must:

  • Be enrolled in Medicare Part And Part B
  • Live in the plan’s service area

If you chose to receive your Medicare coverage through Original Medicare, you generally will not be covered for SilverSneakers.

To look for a Medicare Advantage plan that includes SilverSneakers, enter your zip code on this page. Look at each plan’s benefits to see if it offers a SilverSneakers membership.

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