If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, you most likely have access to a SilverSneakers fitness program. Since the main goal of Medicare Advantage plans is to keep you healthy, one of the medicare benefits they often provide is a free gym membership.
The most popular fitness benefit offered by Medicare Advantage plans is called SilverSneakers. If your plan offers this benefit, your gym membership is typically free. All types of fitness centers are covered so it doesn’t matter if you go to a YMCA, a recreation center or a local gym, you can use all of their amenities. You will have access to weights, treadmills, pools, exercise classes and more.
This is one of the many “extra benefits” offered by Medicare Advantage plans at no additional cost to the member. You can call your plan or check their website to see if you are eligible.
Remember, your SilverSneakers membership will allow you to be a member at more than one location. That means, you will have unlimited access to every participating gym and fitness center in the network. Maybe you like the track at the YMCA but you like the classes at another gym. You can do both.
You can also use this benefit when you travel. Again, you have access to any participating gym, not just the ones in your area. Check to see if your gym is participating in this program by going to silversneakers.com.
Fitness membership can be expensive so, to me, this is one of the great medicare benefits. If your plan doesn’t offer it, contact us to discuss the pros and cons of switching to a plan does.