The Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program was founded by Mary Swanson. Inspired to help her father, who suffered a heart attack at age 51, Swanson pledged to improve her father’s quality of life with regular physical activity. His commitment, coupled with her determination to see him succeed, laid the foundation for the exercise program that would become the nation’s leading exercise program for older adults. This unique program allows older adults to take charge of their health and maintain an active, independent lifestyle.
BodySolutions has been an authorized provider of SilverSneakers since November 2006 and shares Swanson’s vision to improve the health, quality of life, and independence of older adults in Wells County and the surrounding area. With the SilverSneakers premier network, members have a complimentary membership with access to a variety of participating locations throughout the country. The program is available at no additional cost (other than any medical plan premium) to eligible Medicare members and group retirees in Indiana. Contact your health plan to find out if you are eligible for the SilverSneakers Fitness Program.
BodySolutions offers three SilverSneakers exercise classes:
This class offers something for everyone -- regardless of fitness level -- and can help improve overall strength, flexibility and balance, resulting in your ability to stay healthy and maintain your independence. Your instructor guides you through exercises with resistance tools at your own pace. A chair is available for seated and/or standing support, stretching and relaxation.
Cardiovascular exercise is the highlight of Circuit. This class incorporates non-impact aerobic activity with upper body strength workouts using hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and the SilverSneakers ball. Members addressing cardiac and respiratory ailments will find the exercises safe and effective for both the heart and lungs. A chair is available for support and head-to-toe stretching.
SilverSneakers offers a special yoga class in which you’ll learn gentle, effective stretching that can help you maintain joint flexibility and prevent injury. At the same time, you will increase your muscular endurance which helps to improve muscle tone. You can participate in Yoga from both a seated and standing position. Also, this class offers restorative breathing exercises that will help you relax physically and mentally.
SilverSneakers classes are open to any member; enrollment in the SilverSneakers program is not necessary.
For more information on SilverSneakers, visit www.silversneakers.com. Contact BodySolutions at 260-824-0862 for additional information on class offerings.