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Why I Love SilverSneakers (Plus, TEN Benefits for Boomers)

This week, I received my SilverSneakers card. It came with my Aetna Medicare Advantage insurance plan. The hospital near us switched insurance companies, so I did, too. The fact that I got SilverSneakers was a pleasant bonus.


What Is SilverSneakers?

SilverSneakers is an exercise program provided by some Medicare insurance plans at no extra fee. It allows access to more than 15,000 facilities and locations. They even have an app, designed to help you meet your fitness goals. You can also access LIVE classes and workshops on their website. Of course, with access to gyms and other fitness centers, you’ll be able to use a wide range of equipment and amenities, like treadmills and pools. You can even lift weights!

What Are the Health Benefits of SilverSneakers?

Did you know that 39% of adults aged 40 and over don’t exercise regularly? Regular exercise boasts a wide range of health benefits. Here are just ten of those:

  • Helps you manage your weight.
  • Boosts your energy.
  • Promotes brain health.
  • Reduces the risk of chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease.
  • Promotes skin health.
  • Increases sleep quality.
  • Supports healthy bones.
  • Promotes emotional well-being.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Strengthens muscles.

Of course, gyms are also great places to meet friends! Having friends and a support system is important, especially as we age. Most gyms have beginner-friendly classes and workout programs. Of course, if you prefer to fly solo, you can always use the equipment at your discretion. There are more reasons to work out than not to work out. So, if you have a SilverSneakers membership, use it! This Boomer thinks it’s worth it. I think you will, too.

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