The SilverSneakers Medicare Advantage

Senior woman exercising in the gymOne of the fantastic advantages packed into a growing number of Medicare Advantage plans is a benefit most of us can actually use on a regular basis: fitness club membership. The membership bundled with more plans than any other called SilverSneakers.

Originally an Arizona-based fitness club that started in the 1990s, SilverSneakers is now available in all 50 states. Depending on the Advantage plan offering Silver Sneakers benefits, your may be entitled to free or reduced-cost gym and fitness club memberships, specially designed fitness classes for seniors and individualized nutrition, fitness and wellness counseling for plan members. The free or reduced-cost gym memberships is the most popular feature of the program.

SilverSneakers group exercise classes are a great way to stay on track toward your health and fitness goals. Their signature classes are designed specifically for older adults and taught by specially trained, certified instructors. With so many options, you are sure to find a class that suits your need and abilities.

You can only get Silver Sneakers through a Medicare Advantage plan. If your insurance carrier is on the list, you might have access to a free gym membership already, and not even know it. To see if your Advantage plan has you covered, visit the Silver Sneakers Finder page, and have a great time in the gym!


Mr. Bynon is a Medicare benefits expert, senior rights activist, world traveler, proud U.S. Navy veteran and coffee achiever extraordinaire. Connect with him on Twitter @MedicareWire.