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Get Fit with SilverSneakers®

In honor of Older Americans Month, Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness program share some tips on getting fit.

It’s never, ever too late to improve your health through activity.

In an eight-year study, researchers discovered older adults who had been sedentary and started exercising gained health benefits. That’s right, fitness can begin today!

And that doesn’t mean you have to spend every day at the gym. Being active means moving, increasing your heart rate, and warming up your joints.

Powerful perks

Do you value your independence? Would you like more independence? Are you willing to work a little for it?

Getting active now means a better body and more energy for carrying groceries, opening jars, cleaning laundry, lifting up grandchildren and even preventing falls.

Then there’s the issue of disease. Exercise might even reduce the symptoms of such chronic conditions as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. Working up a sweat can also lift your mood, lower your stress and stave off depression.


mature couple outdoorsOne easy way to get started exercising is by taking regular walks.

If you’re interested in improved body weight, bone density, balance and coordination, then walking is perfect for you., the online home of the SilverSneakers fitness program, offers a free video and printable walking schedule to get you started.

Believe it or not, there is a right way to walk. Start by warming up with a slow walk. Keep your head up and eyes looking forward. Make sure your upper body is relaxed and your back is straight.

Keep a slight bend at the elbow joints, and let your arms move freely. You also want a smooth walking motion, rolling your feet from heel to toe. And when you’re through walking, be sure to cool down and stretch.

The Gym Is Your Friend

Mature man and woman posing with exercising equipmentIf you’re searching for more than walking, look no further than your local fitness center.  The strength training, group classes and swimming pools offered at many fitness centers can keep things interesting and fun while you’re getting fit—and give you a chance to meet new people or connect with old friends who are also there to exercise.

The SilverSneakers program offers access to more than 11,000 fitness centers usually at no cost to SilverSneakers members. With one in five Americans 65 and older eligible, there’s a good chance you have a membership opportunity you didn’t even know about.

You can check your SilverSneakers eligibility online at or by calling 888-423-4632.

Exercise Anytime, Anywhere

You’ve waited this long to get active, or maybe you just needed a reason to get active again. Don’t waste another minute!

Here are five ways you can exercise today, no matter where you are:Man running on stairs, sports training

  1. Stair climbing: Look for a stairway with a handrail that is free of water, snow or ice. Alternate three minutes of stair climbing with each of these activities: front lunge, side lunge, stair dip and stair push-up.
  2. Dancing: Whether you’re wearing headphones, watching music videos online or jamming to your stereo, shuffle and stomp to the beat for 20 minutes. That’s a workout!
  3. Jumping rope: Skip rope with one minute of rest between each one-minute round of activity. After eight minutes, you’re done!
  4. Short circuit: Cramped for space? Cycle through this sequence of exercises three times, spending one minute on each movement: jog in place, squats, push-ups, jumping jacks, chair dips and crunches. Rest a minute after each exercise.
  5. Cleaning: Twenty minutes of washing windows, washing a car or mowing a lawn counts as a workout. Remember, the point is to increase your heart rate while having fun.
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