SILVER SNEAKERS SENIOR FITNESS PROGRAM
"Fitness today isn’t just lifting weights and running on treadmills.
Yoga, tai chi, boot camp and other group activities are changing how and where we exercise. SilverSneakers FLEX® embraces that change with classes located outside the gym and in your community."
"Silver Sneakers is the nations leading exercise program for older adults."
Silver Sneakers is generally provided by health plans at no additional cost.
The Silver Sneakers Senior Fitness Program provides senior members with free:
-Fitness center memberships at participating locations with access to conditioning classes, exercise equipment, pool, sauna and other available amenities.
-Customized Silver Sneakers classes for older adults who want to improve their strength, flexibility, balance and endurance.
-Fitness activities at parks and community centers and senior living facilities.
-Health education seminars, guest speakers and social events such as potlucks, dances.
A trained senior fitness advisor is available at some facilities to acquaint seniors with the exercise facility.
Senior members can access any participating fitness center throughout the United States making it easy for seniors to maintain their fitness routines and health when visiting relatives or traveling.
Health care providers benefit from improving the health of seniors with chronic illnesses that are the most expensive diseases to treat.
A few of Silver Sneakers registered trademark classes include:
SilverSneakers Muscular Strength & Range of Movement a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a SilverSneakers ball are offered for resistance. A chair is used for seated and/or standing support.
SilverSneakers Cardio Circuit cardiovascular and muscular endurance power with a standing circuit workout. Upper-body strength work with hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a SilverSneakers ball is alternated with non-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is offered for support, stretching, and relaxation exercises.
SilverSneakers CardioFit safe, heart-healthy and gentle on the joints. The workout includes easy-to-follow low-impact movement, and upper-body strength, abdominal conditioning, stretching and relaxation exercises designed to energize an active lifestyle.
SilverSneakers YogaStretch a series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.
SilverSplash shallow-water moves to improve agility, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. No swimming ability is required, and a special SilverSneakers kickboard is used to develop strength, balance and coordination.
The Silver Sneakers Senior Fitness Program won the 2004 HAN Award from the Healthcare and Aging Network of the American Society on Aging.
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