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02/16/2020 Paula My journey dealing with Parkinson’s In October 2018 I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. I am in the early stages dealing with hand tremors and fatigue. Everything I have read about the disease states that exercise and staying active is encouraged. It would be so easy for me to just sit and feel sorry for myself. So I take full advantage of the SilverSneakers program in my area. My insurance has given me the ability to join the Jones Center and all the classes I want to attend with no charge. Ice skating, swimming, dance classes, fitness gym and many fitness classes are available there. The SilverSneakers program there is managed by Melissa Hill. She is WONDERFUL! Melissa has degrees in Health Science and Exercise Science and 20 years of experience as a personal trainer. After a serious accident, she worked with a Physical Therapist/Personal Trainer and bodybuilder which changed her perspective on health and wellness. She now leads the Jones Center personal training team and develops programs for community health in northwest Arkansas. She also coordinates the weekly SilverSneakers program for seniors at the Jones Center and trains new personal trainers in her systems. And all the SilverSneakers instructors, Luisa and Jessica, are certified as personal trainers. As I progress thru the disease, I am confident that SilverSneakers will keep me strong and motivated. In October 2018 I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. I am in the early stages dealing with hand tremors and fatigue. Everything I have read about the disease states that exercise and staying active is encouraged. It would be so easy for me to just sit and feel sorry for myself. So I take full advantage of the SilverSneakers program in my area. My insurance has given me the ability to join the Jones Center and all the classes I want to attend with no charge. Ice skating, swimming, dance classes, fitness gym and many fitness classes are available there. The SilverSneakers program there is managed by Melissa Hill. She is WONDERFUL! Melissa has degrees in Health Science and Exercise Science and 20 years of experience as a personal trainer. After a serious accident, she worked with a Physical Therapist/Personal Trainer and bodybuilder which changed her perspective on health and wellness. She now leads the Jones Center personal training team and develops programs for community health in northwest Arkansas. She also coordinates the weekly SilverSneakers program for seniors at the Jones Center and trains new personal trainers in her systems. And all the SilverSneakers instructors, Luisa and Jessica, are certified as personal trainers. As I progress thru the disease, I am confident that SilverSneakers will keep me strong and motivated. Yes Springdale AR Yes Aetna Digital Member Jones Center Springdale, AR
02/13/2020 Harris 47 years later 47 years after I finished high school, I decided to compete in KC Corporate Challenge Swimming events. One problem I faced was I didn’t like to get wet and I wasn’t used to exercises necessary to compete. I started doing SilverSneakers chair yoga and other classes. I then added swimming and cycling. It was a love-hate kind of thing. The smiles and laughter of others in the classes helped me choose to keep coming. So did the instructors adaptations. I noticed my breathing was getting better. I noticed my playing harmonica was getting better. My allergist and pulmonologist agreed. Getting on the starting blocks for swimming was out, because of my fear of falling. I chose butterfly since that’s what I swam in high school. Back in the 60s there was less competition in that stroke. At the competition I started the race from the gutters while others started off the blocks. Though my times were nowhere near the speed as a teen, I won Gold in the 65+ age group two years in a row. With improved breathing, I am also blessed to play harmonica with our church’s Praise & Worship Team about once a month. Harmonica playing is a great pulmonary exercise. 47 years after I finished high school, I decided to compete in KC Corporate Challenge Swimming events. One problem I faced was I didn’t like to get wet and I wasn’t used to exercises necessary to compete. I started doing SilverSneakers chair yoga and other classes. I then added swimming and cycling. It was a love-hate kind of thing. The smiles and laughter of others in the classes helped me choose to keep coming. So did the instructors adaptations. I noticed my breathing was getting better. I noticed my playing harmonica was getting better. My allergist and pulmonologist agreed. Getting on the starting blocks for swimming was out, because of my fear of falling. I chose butterfly since that’s what I swam in high school. Back in the 60s there was less competition in that stroke. At the competition I started the race from the gutters while others started off the blocks. Though my times were nowhere near the speed as a teen, I won Gold in the 65+ age group two years in a row. With improved breathing, I am also blessed to play harmonica with our church’s Praise & Worship Team about once a month. Harmonica playing is a great pulmonary exercise. Yes Raymore MO Yes BlueKC Digital Member High Blue Wellness Center
01/23/2020 Linda Drums Alive I joined the drums Alive class to be more active and to help with my balance. I believe it is helping me, otherwise I would just stay home and sit on the couch. Kelly Sipe, our instructor, is wonderful at her job and keeps us active and at a good healthy pace. I joined the drums Alive class to be more active and to help with my balance. I believe it is helping me, otherwise I would just stay home and sit on the couch. Kelly Sipe, our instructor, is wonderful at her job and keeps us active and at a good healthy pace. Yes Assonet MA No Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Digital Member FLEX Plan in Freetown Ma No Image Available
01/23/2020 Jeanne The Drum Ball classes twice The Drum Ball classes twice a week that I attend have kept me motivated to keep active. I am a walker 3 to 4 times a week. The class has helped in moving parts of my body that walking does not and has improved my balance. The Drum Ball classes twice a week that I attend have kept me motivated to keep active. I am a walker 3 to 4 times a week. The class has helped in moving parts of my body that walking does not and has improved my balance. Yes EAST FREETOWN MA Yes Blue 365 FEP Digital Member FLEX Freetown COA No Image Available
01/24/2020 Patricia Get going with Drums Alive I enjoy my experience with the group very much. It gets me motivated to get going earlier in the day and actually get moving. I love the activities and the leader, Kelly. We enjoy each other and have become friends. There is something for everyone and it improves your balance and mind. How you say? Come to a class and find out for yourself. I enjoy my experience with the group very much. It gets me motivated to get going earlier in the day and actually get moving. I love the activities and the leader, Kelly. We enjoy each other and have become friends. There is something for everyone and it improves your balance and mind. How you say? Come to a class and find out for yourself. Yes East Freetown MA Yes Anthem Digital Member East Freetown MA No Image Available
01/26/2020 Lee Why I want drums alive to continue I retired from running a thoroughbred breeding farm at 79. I had concerns about not getting [enough activity] but an excercise class as such had no appeal. I tried yoga and wasn't interested. At Westport COA I tried drums alive and really enjoy it. I found that the rotation of my neck improved and I could back out of a parking place more comfortably. Kelly explains a lot of the techniques she uses. I keep trying to encourage people to try it. I retired from running a thoroughbred breeding farm at 79. I had concerns about not getting [enough activity] but an excercise class as such had no appeal. I tried yoga and wasn't interested. At Westport COA I tried drums alive and really enjoy it. I found that the rotation of my neck improved and I could back out of a parking place more comfortably. Kelly explains a lot of the techniques she uses. I keep trying to encourage people to try it. Yes Westport MA Yes Digital Member FLEX Class COA No Image Available
01/27/2020 Deb I am more active now I am more active now than ever before Thanks I am more active now than ever before Thanks Yes MA Yes Digital Member Flex class~Freetown COA No Image Available
02/01/2020 Laura A less sedentary life I have had two major falls in the last 11 year and [have] been in physical therapy through the years. I want to take control of my activities and lead a less sedentary life. I have had two major falls in the last 11 year and [have] been in physical therapy through the years. I want to take control of my activities and lead a less sedentary life. Yes Brooklyn NY Yes Digital Member
02/01/2020 Cheryl Hot tub and walking river Hot tub and walking river 2x a week - workout room 1 x a seek Hot tub and walking river 2x a week - workout room 1 x a seek Yes Cedaredge CO Yes Humana Digital Member No Image Available
02/04/2020 Louise Challenges I'm a procrastinator when it comes to exercise. I know I need to keep moving. Last summer I needed open heart surgery to replace my aortic valve. That was an eye opener. Now that I've found I can exercise with videos right at home, I have been a good about walking, weather permitting, and doing video exercises in between. I don't feel comfortable at gyms, so being on my own, I still need to motivate, not procrastinate. By logging my exercises on your program, I have the reward of seeing what I'm doing. I like the video exercises you offer. They are very well demonstrated. Thank you! I'm a procrastinator when it comes to exercise. I know I need to keep moving. Last summer I needed open heart surgery to replace my aortic valve. That was an eye opener. Now that I've found I can exercise with videos right at home, I have been a good about walking, weather permitting, and doing video exercises in between. I don't feel comfortable at gyms, so being on my own, I still need to motivate, not procrastinate. By logging my exercises on your program, I have the reward of seeing what I'm doing. I like the video exercises you offer. They are very well demonstrated. Thank you! Yes Berlin NH Yes Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Digital Member Home No Image Available
02/04/2020 Julie Fitness I used to be so active. Since retirement my activity and fitness has gone downhill and now I have aches and pains. January 7, I started to walk at the YMCA walking around the tennis courts. I walked seven laps. The next day January 8, I walked eight laps and continued all the way through January finishing with 31 laps plus bonus laps. I hope to continue going one day at a time all the way through February. I used to be so active. Since retirement my activity and fitness has gone downhill and now I have aches and pains. January 7, I started to walk at the YMCA walking around the tennis courts. I walked seven laps. The next day January 8, I walked eight laps and continued all the way through January finishing with 31 laps plus bonus laps. I hope to continue going one day at a time all the way through February. Yes Two Rivers WI Yes Anthem Digital Member YMCA Manitowoc No Image Available
02/04/2020 Thom Triple BiPass recovery I need to build strength in my legs after surgery, I'd like a place with a pool for to get the weight off my legs as I try to walk in the pool. I need to build strength in my legs after surgery, I'd like a place with a pool for to get the weight off my legs as I try to walk in the pool. Yes Lutz FL Yes Digital Member No Image Available
02/06/2020 Fran Started my best year ever! SilverSneakers fitness classes and on-demand exercise classes have taught [me] exercises that have improved my balance and helped me gain mobility and strength to cope with my osteoporosis and improve bone density. I especially loved the on-demand Find Your Place Challenge for January 2020! David Jack as an instructor was so knowledgeable and helpful and made this challenge great fun! Thank you! SilverSneakers fitness classes and on-demand exercise classes have taught [me] exercises that have improved my balance and helped me gain mobility and strength to cope with my osteoporosis and improve bone density. I especially loved the on-demand Find Your Place Challenge for January 2020! David Jack as an instructor was so knowledgeable and helpful and made this challenge great fun! Thank you! Yes Holland PA Yes Independence Blue Cross Digital Member St Mary Medical Center No Image Available
01/08/2020 John Better life Better life Better life Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
12/04/2019 Lorraine Changes? I had open heart surgery almost 3 years ago and my recovery was slow and steady and without my Zumba classes at the gym I would not have recovered ‘fully’ as I did. But..... We were told this morning that we (SilverSneakers members) can only use the gym on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with SilverSneakers AND we can only attend SilverSneakers classes? If we want to attend any other days or classes we have to pay additional monies?? This is in order for the facility to stay within the SilverSneakers requirements. What’s up with that? I had open heart surgery almost 3 years ago and my recovery was slow and steady and without my Zumba classes at the gym I would not have recovered ‘fully’ as I did. But..... We were told this morning that we (SilverSneakers members) can only use the gym on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with SilverSneakers AND we can only attend SilverSneakers classes? If we want to attend any other days or classes we have to pay additional monies?? This is in order for the facility to stay within the SilverSneakers requirements. What’s up with that? Yes Murphy NC No Humana Digital Member Murphy, NC No Image Available
12/08/2019 Renee Why so much sitting in SilverSneakers classes? I have been taking the SilverSneakers class at The Mettler Center in Champaign, Illionis, for 3 years. The class has had several teachers and each of them actually challenged the class. For example, although we can sit at any time needed, there was no sitting until the end of a 55 minute class. The class addressed cardio, we used weights, bands and balls and were challenged mentally at times during the class with little complex movements for arms, legs and feet to coordinate. This is something recommended for brain health and as a practice that helps ward off dementia. I have visited other facilities teaching 'SilverSneakers' classes and they have seniors sitting from the start of the class and most of the time throughout the class. Seniors SIT at home in front of computers, tv sets, books, etc. Why so much sitting? The classes I visited assume seniors are unable to make intelligent choices when participating in a group fitness class and aim the class at the lowest common denominator - the least able - and there is really no challenge. Nothing to aspire to. Just sit and do the least you are capable of. I'm so discouraged by SilverSneakers! I'm 80 and want to be challenged not babied. I want to take a class that may be somewhat out of my reach. I want to use my own judgement about how far to go! I don't want it assumed I need to sit in a chair when that's what I do at home. I come to a class to move. Please direct facilities teaching SilverSneakers classes to get the seniors up and moving. Stop all the sitting! We had people in their 90s in our class and they loved the class and chose their challenge level within the class structure. This gives dignity to us! We are not babies and incapable. I have been taking the SilverSneakers class at The Mettler Center in Champaign, Illionis, for 3 years. The class has had several teachers and each of them actually challenged the class. For example, although we can sit at any time needed, there was no sitting until the end of a 55 minute class. The class addressed cardio, we used weights, bands and balls and were challenged mentally at times during the class with little complex movements for arms, legs and feet to coordinate. This is something recommended for brain health and as a practice that helps ward off dementia. I have visited other facilities teaching 'SilverSneakers' classes and they have seniors sitting from the start of the class and most of the time throughout the class. Seniors SIT at home in front of computers, tv sets, books, etc. Why so much sitting? The classes I visited assume seniors are unable to make intelligent choices when participating in a group fitness class and aim the class at the lowest common denominator - the least able - and there is really no challenge. Nothing to aspire to. Just sit and do the least you are capable of. I'm so discouraged by SilverSneakers! I'm 80 and want to be challenged not babied. I want to take a class that may be somewhat out of my reach. I want to use my own judgement about how far to go! I don't want it assumed I need to sit in a chair when that's what I do at home. I come to a class to move. Please direct facilities teaching SilverSneakers classes to get the seniors up and moving. Stop all the sitting! We had people in their 90s in our class and they loved the class and chose their challenge level within the class structure. This gives dignity to us! We are not babies and incapable. Yes Urbana IL No Health Alliance Digital Member Mettler Center Champaign Illinois No Image Available
12/09/2019 Sally Illness and Injury Five years ago I came down with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. It is a syndrome where your immune system attacks your central nervous system and puts you into paralysis. It is different on each person as to how far the paralysis reaches in your body. Mine went to my chin. The only thing that I could move was my eyes. I was on life support and had a Plasma transfusion. Slowly the paralysis goes away starting at the top of it down to your toes. I had to do many exercises to relearn to walk, but I did it and had 100% recovery. Then a year later I fell and shattered my left knee cap. I have had 5 surgeries in 3 years on that leg because of reoccurring infections. I am on my third knee in that leg now. I had Physical Therapy last year and now again to strengthen that knee. I use a wheelchair and a walker but my goal is to strengthen my leg enough that I can wear a brace and walk with a cane. And I need to lose around 60 pounds. I have been doing exercises at home to stengthen those muscles but I need other exersise too. And that is why I am at the YMCA! Five years ago I came down with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. It is a syndrome where your immune system attacks your central nervous system and puts you into paralysis. It is different on each person as to how far the paralysis reaches in your body. Mine went to my chin. The only thing that I could move was my eyes. I was on life support and had a Plasma transfusion. Slowly the paralysis goes away starting at the top of it down to your toes. I had to do many exercises to relearn to walk, but I did it and had 100% recovery. Then a year later I fell and shattered my left knee cap. I have had 5 surgeries in 3 years on that leg because of reoccurring infections. I am on my third knee in that leg now. I had Physical Therapy last year and now again to strengthen that knee. I use a wheelchair and a walker but my goal is to strengthen my leg enough that I can wear a brace and walk with a cane. And I need to lose around 60 pounds. I have been doing exercises at home to stengthen those muscles but I need other exersise too. And that is why I am at the YMCA! Yes Rockford IL Yes Aetna Digital Member YMCA No Image Available
10/04/2019 Priscilla A granddaughter’s dream brings the miracle of SilverSneakers In the winter of 2007 (I think) my granddaughter, Emma, was visiting our beach house with her family. She asked if we could play with the jar of beach treasures on the window sill. I took the jar and spread the sand dollars, seashells and sea glass on the table. At that point I weighed 345 pounds and was on oxygen 24/7. I had been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and was limited physically. As we laughed and made up stories and remembered the memories of collecting the sea treasures, Emma said she had a dream that she and I were walking on the beach again looking for new treasures and watching the sunrise the way we had before. I hugged her and smiled and said maybe we will be given that miracle from God. They went back home to Massachusetts and I stayed in our beach house with my husband and cat. The next morning I prayed and said I was ready to live my life the way God intended but if his will was another direction to let me know. Right then the phone rang, it was my insurance agent telling me my Medicare Advantage plan had a new benefit called SilverSneakers. It was an exercise program for seniors inclusive of cardio, strength [training] and balance. I told her I would check with my pulmonologist and be at the class if he approved it. That following Tuesday, I went to the gym thinking I would be embarrassed to show up with oxygen and in the condition I was in but felt this was God's will. I took the elevator to the second floor and walked into the class. I immediately was welcomed by the instructor and the members of the class. They helped me with the equipment and found a chair for me. Then my life changed, with each class I became more able to enjoy each step of my improving health. I started dragging other people to the class, decided to become an independent health insurance agent to connect and help seniors with choices and encouraging their participation in the SilverSneakers classes. The friendships and caring by the instructor and my new friends enriched my life. As usual God was right. There were so many mini miracles beside mine that I saw happen in the classes. I lost more than 100 pounds, did not have to use oxygen all the time and was enjoying a quality life and now had hope. In 2010 I received the Swanson award from Tivity Health, then Healthways. I share this to help all people know they can enrich their lives and make forever friends in the SilverSneakers program. Oh and yes I did walk on the beach with my granddaughter again, another mini miracle. Love is forever. In the winter of 2007 (I think) my granddaughter, Emma, was visiting our beach house with her family. She asked if we could play with the jar of beach treasures on the window sill. I took the jar and spread the sand dollars, seashells and sea glass on the table. At that point I weighed 345 pounds and was on oxygen 24/7. I had been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and was limited physically. As we laughed and made up stories and remembered the memories of collecting the sea treasures, Emma said she had a dream that she and I were walking on the beach again looking for new treasures and watching the sunrise the way we had before. I hugged her and smiled and said maybe we will be given that miracle from God. They went back home to Massachusetts and I stayed in our beach house with my husband and cat. The next morning I prayed and said I was ready to live my life the way God intended but if his will was another direction to let me know. Right then the phone rang, it was my insurance agent telling me my Medicare Advantage plan had a new benefit called SilverSneakers. It was an exercise program for seniors inclusive of cardio, strength [training] and balance. I told her I would check with my pulmonologist and be at the class if he approved it. That following Tuesday, I went to the gym thinking I would be embarrassed to show up with oxygen and in the condition I was in but felt this was God's will. I took the elevator to the second floor and walked into the class. I immediately was welcomed by the instructor and the members of the class. They helped me with the equipment and found a chair for me. Then my life changed, with each class I became more able to enjoy each step of my improving health. I started dragging other people to the class, decided to become an independent health insurance agent to connect and help seniors with choices and encouraging their participation in the SilverSneakers classes. The friendships and caring by the instructor and my new friends enriched my life. As usual God was right. There were so many mini miracles beside mine that I saw happen in the classes. I lost more than 100 pounds, did not have to use oxygen all the time and was enjoying a quality life and now had hope. In 2010 I received the Swanson award from Tivity Health, then Healthways. I share this to help all people know they can enrich their lives and make forever friends in the SilverSneakers program. Oh and yes I did walk on the beach with my granddaughter again, another mini miracle. Love is forever. Yes Saco ME Yes AARP Digital Member Whatever is closest. I am in New Hampshire now
09/29/2019 Mohamed Feeling good and strong After four days working out at the crunch gym I am feeling healthy and strong. Thanks! After four days working out at the crunch gym I am feeling healthy and strong. Thanks! Yes brooklyn NY Yes Aetna Digital Member crunch fitness at flatbush ave brooklyn new york No Image Available
09/23/2019 Maddy Swanson Nominee to Ambassador About 15 years ago, I suffered from Transverse Myalitis, a very serious back disease. One of the complications from this is developing a cyst in the back. Unfortunately mine was on the spinal column. They tried to avoid surgery, but it grew and impacted the nerve to the foot. I had surgery to remove the cyst, and they freed the nerve, but it did not regenerate, so I have a drop foot and wear a brace. This made exercising almost impossible. Then a friend asked me to go with her to SilverSneakers. Well, I fell in love with it, the great instructor Laurie and the wonderful people. Last year I was fortunate enough to be nominated for the Swanson Award, and am so proud and humbled to have gotten first runner up. Now I am an Ambassador. SilverSneakers changed my life. I go four days a week, and only miss it if I'm out of town or ill. I absolutely love it! My picture was on the cover of Aspire Magazine with a two page article. I also got a commendation from the Cooper City Council. I look so forward to going each week. I feel blessed to have found a wonderful way to exercise and make friends. About 15 years ago, I suffered from Transverse Myalitis, a very serious back disease. One of the complications from this is developing a cyst in the back. Unfortunately mine was on the spinal column. They tried to avoid surgery, but it grew and impacted the nerve to the foot. I had surgery to remove the cyst, and they freed the nerve, but it did not regenerate, so I have a drop foot and wear a brace. This made exercising almost impossible. Then a friend asked me to go with her to SilverSneakers. Well, I fell in love with it, the great instructor Laurie and the wonderful people. Last year I was fortunate enough to be nominated for the Swanson Award, and am so proud and humbled to have gotten first runner up. Now I am an Ambassador. SilverSneakers changed my life. I go four days a week, and only miss it if I'm out of town or ill. I absolutely love it! My picture was on the cover of Aspire Magazine with a two page article. I also got a commendation from the Cooper City Council. I look so forward to going each week. I feel blessed to have found a wonderful way to exercise and make friends. Yes Cooper City FL Yes AvMed Digital Member Rock Creek Pool and Fitness Center No Image Available
09/17/2019 Bonny NO Benefits for TRICARE 4 LIFE It has been proven that being active & moving (exercising) can keep you healthy and may even prolong your life. Therefore,I don't understand why Tricare 4 Life does NOT support SilverSneakers. The militay bases aren't always the most convenient for many people. Many rec centers and various health clubs include classes for free of all types with their memberships. Some illnesses require pool therapy with warmer temps than normal. This cannot be done at the bases, whereas some of these other places have more than one pool, with one being a "therapy" pool kept at the higher temp. I would like to see what others believe why Tricare hasn't got onboard to give the retired military on Medicare,the benefit of SilverSneakers with their Tricare 4 Life Supplement. I believe us baby boomers need to get together and see what can be done. Thanks, Bonny PS - It could save Tricare in the lon run, if we are all healthier. Seems like it would be a good financial decision for them!! It has been proven that being active & moving (exercising) can keep you healthy and may even prolong your life. Therefore,I don't understand why Tricare 4 Life does NOT support SilverSneakers. The militay bases aren't always the most convenient for many people. Many rec centers and various health clubs include classes for free of all types with their memberships. Some illnesses require pool therapy with warmer temps than normal. This cannot be done at the bases, whereas some of these other places have more than one pool, with one being a "therapy" pool kept at the higher temp. I would like to see what others believe why Tricare hasn't got onboard to give the retired military on Medicare,the benefit of SilverSneakers with their Tricare 4 Life Supplement. I believe us baby boomers need to get together and see what can be done. Thanks, Bonny PS - It could save Tricare in the lon run, if we are all healthier. Seems like it would be a good financial decision for them!! Yes Virginia Beach VA Yes Humana Digital Member Am not covered No Image Available
09/14/2019 Gezrine I am a SilverSneaker for Life When we engage in regular exercise it is a plus to everyone especially to us as seniors. We were accustomed to ripping and running when we were younger. Now that we have retired or slowed down a bit it is important that we get involved in some activity. This is where SilverSneakers comes in. As for me I look forward to going to a class. It doesn't matter the instructor. It's like a total body workout. Sometimes when I wake in the mornings before getting out of bed I feel so achy. Your balance is off, you're not as strong as you think you are, getting out to a class has taken care of that. Now I feel more energetic. I feel physically fit for my age and I have more self confidence. I am flattered when I hear someone comment on the way I look, trying to guess my age they are usually off 10 to 15 yrs. I usually ask why the manufacturer require maintenance on their vehicle. Depending on the response, I would often say we are the caretaker of our bodies. If we take good care of our bodies it will serve us longer. They usually l laugh and agree with the analogy. When we engage in regular exercise it is a plus to everyone especially to us as seniors. We were accustomed to ripping and running when we were younger. Now that we have retired or slowed down a bit it is important that we get involved in some activity. This is where SilverSneakers comes in. As for me I look forward to going to a class. It doesn't matter the instructor. It's like a total body workout. Sometimes when I wake in the mornings before getting out of bed I feel so achy. Your balance is off, you're not as strong as you think you are, getting out to a class has taken care of that. Now I feel more energetic. I feel physically fit for my age and I have more self confidence. I am flattered when I hear someone comment on the way I look, trying to guess my age they are usually off 10 to 15 yrs. I usually ask why the manufacturer require maintenance on their vehicle. Depending on the response, I would often say we are the caretaker of our bodies. If we take good care of our bodies it will serve us longer. They usually l laugh and agree with the analogy. Yes Miami FL Yes Humana Digital Member Biscayn and 125th ST
08/12/2019 John and Gail What the heck are you doing to the program in Tucson! We have been doing SilverSneakers at Chuze in Tucson on Grant Road since it opened in 2012. What are you doing to the program? Why are the instructors toning the programs way down and why? No one that we know of complained that it was too rigorous. If you can't do it all, do what you can is what we were told. Please bring back the old ways! Thank you for any consideration you can give this matter. I would suggest you poll the users at our gym and see how others feel. We have been doing SilverSneakers at Chuze in Tucson on Grant Road since it opened in 2012. What are you doing to the program? Why are the instructors toning the programs way down and why? No one that we know of complained that it was too rigorous. If you can't do it all, do what you can is what we were told. Please bring back the old ways! Thank you for any consideration you can give this matter. I would suggest you poll the users at our gym and see how others feel. Yes Tucson AZ No Digital Member Chuze at Grant Rd. and Cracroft No Image Available
08/07/2019 Beverly Importance of SilverSneakers Importance of SilverSneakers SilverSneakers is so important for anyone but particularly for those over 55 – I know that sounds young but to me it is so true. My family has recently been through a difficult time. My younger sister, age 58, recently passed away. One of the reasons she passed is she fell and could NOT get up. Yes, she was overweight. Yes, she was a cancer patient. Yes, she had balance issues. But the main reason she could not get up is she had given up! She did nothing to help herself. She could have so easily attended a SilverSneakers class. Her insurance would have paid for it. It would have been in her best interest to enjoy the camaraderie of the classes. It would have been in her best interest to work on her balance and her muscle strength knowing that her treatments were debilitating. I encouraged her to try both SilverSneakers and yoga – one for the physical benefits one for the mental. I truly believe with the muscle training and strength building that is taught in SilverSneakers class, she could have gotten at least to the point of crawling to a phone instead of lying in filth for a week until my youngest sister went for a visit, found her on the floor and called 911. As a result of her fall and her cancer my sister went from hospital to nursing home to hospice to funeral home in in the span of three and a half weeks. So preventing falls, building muscle strength, working on balance issues are all things that are so very important to aging in place and to being able to take care of ourselves as we face getting older and slowing down. Please keep teaching SilverSneakers and encouraging seniors to be aware. Everyone over the age of 55 should be encouraged to take this class (remember my sister was 58). It doesn’t matter your size or whether you have ailments – think we all have aches and pains from one thing or another. We can all benefit from the lessons learned in SilverSneakers. Thank you so much for encouraging us and working on getting SilverSneakers into the class line-up at Frances Meadows. It has been a blessing to me and would have so benefited my sister if she’d have understood how important it was to keep those muscles going! You are a blessing—keep it going! Importance of SilverSneakers SilverSneakers is so important for anyone but particularly for those over 55 – I know that sounds young but to me it is so true. My family has recently been through a difficult time. My younger sister, age 58, recently passed away. One of the reasons she passed is she fell and could NOT get up. Yes, she was overweight. Yes, she was a cancer patient. Yes, she had balance issues. But the main reason she could not get up is she had given up! She did nothing to help herself. She could have so easily attended a SilverSneakers class. Her insurance would have paid for it. It would have been in her best interest to enjoy the camaraderie of the classes. It would have been in her best interest to work on her balance and her muscle strength knowing that her treatments were debilitating. I encouraged her to try both SilverSneakers and yoga – one for the physical benefits one for the mental. I truly believe with the muscle training and strength building that is taught in SilverSneakers class, she could have gotten at least to the point of crawling to a phone instead of lying in filth for a week until my youngest sister went for a visit, found her on the floor and called 911. As a result of her fall and her cancer my sister went from hospital to nursing home to hospice to funeral home in in the span of three and a half weeks. So preventing falls, building muscle strength, working on balance issues are all things that are so very important to aging in place and to being able to take care of ourselves as we face getting older and slowing down. Please keep teaching SilverSneakers and encouraging seniors to be aware. Everyone over the age of 55 should be encouraged to take this class (remember my sister was 58). It doesn’t matter your size or whether you have ailments – think we all have aches and pains from one thing or another. We can all benefit from the lessons learned in SilverSneakers. Thank you so much for encouraging us and working on getting SilverSneakers into the class line-up at Frances Meadows. It has been a blessing to me and would have so benefited my sister if she’d have understood how important it was to keep those muscles going! You are a blessing—keep it going! Yes Oakwood GA Yes Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Digital Member Frances Meadows, Gainesville, GA No Image Available
07/30/2019 Alfreda New member I have really enjoyed my new membership by doing water aerobics with all the other ladies and gents in my class. The class I prefer is in the deep end of the pool, the instructor gives a us a good workout and its less strenuous on my knee. I had a knee replacement about four years ago and this helps with my mobility and strengthening the knee. I have really enjoyed my new membership by doing water aerobics with all the other ladies and gents in my class. The class I prefer is in the deep end of the pool, the instructor gives a us a good workout and its less strenuous on my knee. I had a knee replacement about four years ago and this helps with my mobility and strengthening the knee. Yes University Hts OH Yes Aetna Digital Member Lynnhurst YMCA No Image Available
06/11/2019 Bettylou Enjoying a healthy retirement I've always enjoyed exercise of some sort but always hated the additional costs of memberships. I've made it a priority to do some home exercising and from time to time had participated in physical therapy when I've had issues and kept those trainer's inputs within my daily routines. I love, love not having a membership and participate in a senior center AND a local gym that allows SilverSneakers. Thank you to SilverSneakers for allowing me the ability to afford and share an exercise routine with friends and be able to do all the things I like during retirement. I've always enjoyed exercise of some sort but always hated the additional costs of memberships. I've made it a priority to do some home exercising and from time to time had participated in physical therapy when I've had issues and kept those trainer's inputs within my daily routines. I love, love not having a membership and participate in a senior center AND a local gym that allows SilverSneakers. Thank you to SilverSneakers for allowing me the ability to afford and share an exercise routine with friends and be able to do all the things I like during retirement. Yes PA Yes Aetna Digital Member local senior center No Image Available
07/17/2019 Janice Best thing for seniors I was getting therapy for my back at our city aquatic center and wanted to continue on my own. I called UHC to see if I was eligible for SilverSneakers and I was told that SilverSneakers did not exist anymore, that it would be called flip50. I will be changing my health care insurance to include the SilverSneakers program because it’s the best thing ever for seniors. I was getting therapy for my back at our city aquatic center and wanted to continue on my own. I called UHC to see if I was eligible for SilverSneakers and I was told that SilverSneakers did not exist anymore, that it would be called flip50. I will be changing my health care insurance to include the SilverSneakers program because it’s the best thing ever for seniors. Yes Columbus GA Yes United HealthCare Digital Member Columbus Aquatic Center No Image Available
05/07/2019 Carmen I am 67 years old I am 67 years old and was feeling very lonely after my husband's death. I started to go to the cultural center gym but it started to get expensive. Being on a fix income, widowed and retired, it was becoming too much to handle if I wanted more than one class. After meeting a friend who invited me to the YMCA, I also received SilverSneakers and to this day have had just great workouts and time meeting people and instructors. I have to extend my gratitude to the dedicated instructors and staff of the YMCA at Port Charlotte. I feel so strong and enthusiastic on becoming fit and enjoying classes. I recommend everyone who is feeling lonely to reach out to any fitness programs. They do help you spiritually, mentally and physically. Thank you SilverSneakers! I am 67 years old and was feeling very lonely after my husband's death. I started to go to the cultural center gym but it started to get expensive. Being on a fix income, widowed and retired, it was becoming too much to handle if I wanted more than one class. After meeting a friend who invited me to the YMCA, I also received SilverSneakers and to this day have had just great workouts and time meeting people and instructors. I have to extend my gratitude to the dedicated instructors and staff of the YMCA at Port Charlotte. I feel so strong and enthusiastic on becoming fit and enjoying classes. I recommend everyone who is feeling lonely to reach out to any fitness programs. They do help you spiritually, mentally and physically. Thank you SilverSneakers! Yes Port Charlotte FL Yes Florida Blue Digital Member Port Charlotte No Image Available
05/06/2019 Gary How fitness changed my life When I was recovering from esphougous cancer, I had no strength or endurance. I could barely get up a set of stairs. I was spending most of my time laying on the couch or in bed. I had had enough of that and signed up for SilverSneakers at our local Anytime fitness. I started with a free training sesion and continued on from there. I met a few old friends there and four years later continue to work out three days a week with them. I ski with my family, hike, mow the lawn and most anything I want to do. Thanks to SilverSneakers and Anytime Fitness for where I am today. When I was recovering from esphougous cancer, I had no strength or endurance. I could barely get up a set of stairs. I was spending most of my time laying on the couch or in bed. I had had enough of that and signed up for SilverSneakers at our local Anytime fitness. I started with a free training sesion and continued on from there. I met a few old friends there and four years later continue to work out three days a week with them. I ski with my family, hike, mow the lawn and most anything I want to do. Thanks to SilverSneakers and Anytime Fitness for where I am today. Yes Stillwater MN Yes Medica HealthCare Digital Member Anytime Fitness, Stillwater MN No Image Available
05/02/2019 Ann Amazed I'm relatively new to the program and a bit younger than some of the members. But I'm constantly amazed that some members take more than two activities a day, and will not let inclement weather hinder them! Their willingness and friendliness are true inspirations to me. Thank you for the programs and the opportunity to make staying healthy a priority! I'm relatively new to the program and a bit younger than some of the members. But I'm constantly amazed that some members take more than two activities a day, and will not let inclement weather hinder them! Their willingness and friendliness are true inspirations to me. Thank you for the programs and the opportunity to make staying healthy a priority! Yes Houston TX Yes SilverSneakers Digital Member West Orem YMCA No Image Available
04/29/2019 Linda My favorite aspect of SilverSneakers I love the health and wellness information. I especially love the free access to the gym on a fixed income. I have always struggled with my weight my whole life. Before SilverSneakers, I did a lot of walking and used home equipment. I do prefer to walk outside, but where I live, the winters are wicked and get extremely cold. The summers often get too hot. As you age, your body has a hard time dealing with it all. I was out in it all, rain, sleet, snow, freezing and heat before SilverSneakers. I have osteoarthritis from neck to toes, balance issues and consistant pain. I don't like taking and relying on pain meds. So, I have to do what I can to stay physically active because it helps my pain management. I love the health and wellness information. I especially love the free access to the gym on a fixed income. I have always struggled with my weight my whole life. Before SilverSneakers, I did a lot of walking and used home equipment. I do prefer to walk outside, but where I live, the winters are wicked and get extremely cold. The summers often get too hot. As you age, your body has a hard time dealing with it all. I was out in it all, rain, sleet, snow, freezing and heat before SilverSneakers. I have osteoarthritis from neck to toes, balance issues and consistant pain. I don't like taking and relying on pain meds. So, I have to do what I can to stay physically active because it helps my pain management. Yes Aurora IL Yes Digital Member No Image Available
04/29/2019 Jan Stronger Than Ever I was unhappy about turning 65 and starting Medicare: that is for old people! But finding that SilverSneakers was part of my health care advantage policy was the best silver lining! I registered at a local gym the day after my birthday, and with the money I saved by being on Medicare and the Advantage Program plus the free gym membership, I started working with a personal trainer at my gym, plus using the pool and taking some classes. I can say unequivocally that I am stronger now than I’ve ever been in my life! As a result my personal life is greatly enhanced with added flexibility to reach into cabinets and do cleaning, to carry my suitcases and groceries, to maintain my balance on uneven surfaces, ski and ride my bicycle so much stronger and better!! I never would have built this “new” me without SilverSneakers! I was unhappy about turning 65 and starting Medicare: that is for old people! But finding that SilverSneakers was part of my health care advantage policy was the best silver lining! I registered at a local gym the day after my birthday, and with the money I saved by being on Medicare and the Advantage Program plus the free gym membership, I started working with a personal trainer at my gym, plus using the pool and taking some classes. I can say unequivocally that I am stronger now than I’ve ever been in my life! As a result my personal life is greatly enhanced with added flexibility to reach into cabinets and do cleaning, to carry my suitcases and groceries, to maintain my balance on uneven surfaces, ski and ride my bicycle so much stronger and better!! I never would have built this “new” me without SilverSneakers! Yes Wayne IL Yes United HealthCare Digital Member LA Fitness, South Elgin, IL
05/02/2019 Thomas Getting better I started walking on the treadmill 30 minutes 3 times a week and I am losing weight. I started walking on the treadmill 30 minutes 3 times a week and I am losing weight. Yes Apopka FL Yes Digital Member Planet fitness in Apopka Florida
04/29/2019 Lucie I have been physically active for 50 years I started backpacking and biking in my 20s. When I reached 40 I added weight training which made a big difference in my capabilities. At 73 I continue to be active and have added tai chi. I would probably still be as active without SilverSneakers but I really enjoy the people I've met and the ease of finding a facility since I have two homes and travel quite a bit. I started backpacking and biking in my 20s. When I reached 40 I added weight training which made a big difference in my capabilities. At 73 I continue to be active and have added tai chi. I would probably still be as active without SilverSneakers but I really enjoy the people I've met and the ease of finding a facility since I have two homes and travel quite a bit. Yes Marysville WA Yes Humana Digital Member YMCA, Team Fitness, Fort Collins Club No Image Available
04/25/2019 Rosanne Exercise, Health, New Friends I’ve always done some form of exercise in my life whether it be at the Gym, walking or riding my bike outside. Once I retired I joined LA Fitness with a free membership because I carry my health insurance with Medicare plus Blue. I felt very fortunate to receive this membership and started doing SilverSneakers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. The instructor of the class, Marianne has to be one of the best at her job! She not only makes exercise fun, but a learning experience as well. We know why we do each exercise and she is adamant that we do it correctly to prevent injury and soreness. She walks around the room and helps us, teaches us and makes it so much fun at the same time. I look forward to my classes each week. The group of people have become friends and we have a monthly luncheon, a monthly movie day and senior day at the zoo. Some of the members have had pool parties and holiday parties for the group after class. A few of our members have taken ill and we send cards and flowers and reach out to see how they are doing. We are a caring and loving group and it all started with seniors trying to get healthy. We are getting healthy. We watch what we eat We exercise regularly We socialize and have fun For me personally I feel better about myself, try to eat healthy for the most part, think healthy and young, and be with fun people with similar goals. That’s what I found at SilverSneakers. I’ve always done some form of exercise in my life whether it be at the Gym, walking or riding my bike outside. Once I retired I joined LA Fitness with a free membership because I carry my health insurance with Medicare plus Blue. I felt very fortunate to receive this membership and started doing SilverSneakers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. The instructor of the class, Marianne has to be one of the best at her job! She not only makes exercise fun, but a learning experience as well. We know why we do each exercise and she is adamant that we do it correctly to prevent injury and soreness. She walks around the room and helps us, teaches us and makes it so much fun at the same time. I look forward to my classes each week. The group of people have become friends and we have a monthly luncheon, a monthly movie day and senior day at the zoo. Some of the members have had pool parties and holiday parties for the group after class. A few of our members have taken ill and we send cards and flowers and reach out to see how they are doing. We are a caring and loving group and it all started with seniors trying to get healthy. We are getting healthy. We watch what we eat We exercise regularly We socialize and have fun For me personally I feel better about myself, try to eat healthy for the most part, think healthy and young, and be with fun people with similar goals. That’s what I found at SilverSneakers. Yes Shelby Township MI Yes Blue 365 Digital Member LA Fitness Clinton Twp, MI
04/18/2019 Edna Exercise is what I needed to get my attitude straight! I was a runner, very much into exercising, eating right, etc. Then I turned 70 and it seems everything gave out. I had back surgery, shoulders, hysterectomy, foot surgery, I was about to give up when my insurance called and asked if I used SilverSneakers, gave me the address of the location five minutes from me. WOW THE LADIES ARE SO NICE! THE EXCERSISE IS WHAT I NEEDED TO GET MY ATTITUDE STRAIGHT! IT IS A GODSEND PLACE. The teachers are well educated in dealing with all of us. I took my first spin class Monday; I was slow but the teacher was kind and I am going back this Monday. Thank you UnitedHealth Care, God bless SilverSneakers. I have not felt this good in four years. I would just like to say NO MATTER HOW BAD THINGS LOOKS, JUST KEEP PUSHING, WE MAY HAVE LARGER NUMBER FOR AGE BUT IT DOESNT MEAN WE HAVE TO LIE DOWN AND DIE. AGAIN THANK YOU, PLEASE KEEP MAGNOLIA GYM OPEN. I was a runner, very much into exercising, eating right, etc. Then I turned 70 and it seems everything gave out. I had back surgery, shoulders, hysterectomy, foot surgery, I was about to give up when my insurance called and asked if I used SilverSneakers, gave me the address of the location five minutes from me. WOW THE LADIES ARE SO NICE! THE EXCERSISE IS WHAT I NEEDED TO GET MY ATTITUDE STRAIGHT! IT IS A GODSEND PLACE. The teachers are well educated in dealing with all of us. I took my first spin class Monday; I was slow but the teacher was kind and I am going back this Monday. Thank you UnitedHealth Care, God bless SilverSneakers. I have not felt this good in four years. I would just like to say NO MATTER HOW BAD THINGS LOOKS, JUST KEEP PUSHING, WE MAY HAVE LARGER NUMBER FOR AGE BUT IT DOESNT MEAN WE HAVE TO LIE DOWN AND DIE. AGAIN THANK YOU, PLEASE KEEP MAGNOLIA GYM OPEN. Yes Magnolia TX Yes UnitedHealth Care Digital Member Magnolia Gym No Image Available
04/18/2019 Beverly Completing the Tahoe Rim Trail First a little health background. I am 64, I've had both knees and one hip replaced, I have arthritis in my ankles and the tops of my feet, and I have vertigo. Last summer I did the Tahoe Rim Trail with a group and guides from the Tahoe Rim Association. We did it in 11 segments 11 Sundays. I was 63 at the time and was the oldest participant in my group. The Rim Trail is approximately 165 miles but we ended up doing around 191 as we had to hike up to and down from the trail each day. The people in my group and the guides were wonderful and helped encourage me when I needed it. Water crossings were particularly difficult as I had to walk across a downed tree to cross and with my vertigo I had balance issues. And yes, I fell in once, but still continued. I saw some of the best scenery in the world and made lifetime friends. I will continue to hike and stay active. It was the best physical accomplishment I have ever done. The picture is of a sign that was on the trail. Crazy bicyclers ride down this big vertical drop, hence the name Mr. Toads Wild Ride. First a little health background. I am 64, I've had both knees and one hip replaced, I have arthritis in my ankles and the tops of my feet, and I have vertigo. Last summer I did the Tahoe Rim Trail with a group and guides from the Tahoe Rim Association. We did it in 11 segments 11 Sundays. I was 63 at the time and was the oldest participant in my group. The Rim Trail is approximately 165 miles but we ended up doing around 191 as we had to hike up to and down from the trail each day. The people in my group and the guides were wonderful and helped encourage me when I needed it. Water crossings were particularly difficult as I had to walk across a downed tree to cross and with my vertigo I had balance issues. And yes, I fell in once, but still continued. I saw some of the best scenery in the world and made lifetime friends. I will continue to hike and stay active. It was the best physical accomplishment I have ever done. The picture is of a sign that was on the trail. Crazy bicyclers ride down this big vertical drop, hence the name Mr. Toads Wild Ride. Yes Sparks NV Yes Digital Member
04/17/2019 Tim You will gain energy I started at a gym a little less than a year ago. I am amazed at how much more energy I have in the "real" world now. I'd have to psych myself into starting jobs, chores, fun, before. Now, I am up early everyday and enjoy doing all kinds of activities. Hot or cold weather...I'm good I started at a gym a little less than a year ago. I am amazed at how much more energy I have in the "real" world now. I'd have to psych myself into starting jobs, chores, fun, before. Now, I am up early everyday and enjoy doing all kinds of activities. Hot or cold weather...I'm good Yes Washington Court House OH Yes Digital Member Anytime Fitness No Image Available
04/17/2019 Peggy Unable to move Back in 2006, I had a bad accident where I fell down some steps and landed on my butt. I cracked my tailbone and herniated several discs in my lower back. Over the years, things have progressed to where I can barely walk sometimes, and I don't sleep through the night. I developed spinal stenosis, and now have constant headaches and back pain. My body is very stiff, and I don't go anywhere. I can't stand up for too long nor can I sit for too long. I want to get more mobile so I can take care of my husband, who has stage 4 kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia and arthritis. Right now I can't even cook a single meal for him. He is cooking for ME. It shouldn't be like that. I can barely do the things for myself that people do every day, like brushing my teeth, taking a shower, etc. I need help. I'm sick of being on heavy pain medication. I want to be well so I can help my husband be well. Back in 2006, I had a bad accident where I fell down some steps and landed on my butt. I cracked my tailbone and herniated several discs in my lower back. Over the years, things have progressed to where I can barely walk sometimes, and I don't sleep through the night. I developed spinal stenosis, and now have constant headaches and back pain. My body is very stiff, and I don't go anywhere. I can't stand up for too long nor can I sit for too long. I want to get more mobile so I can take care of my husband, who has stage 4 kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia and arthritis. Right now I can't even cook a single meal for him. He is cooking for ME. It shouldn't be like that. I can barely do the things for myself that people do every day, like brushing my teeth, taking a shower, etc. I need help. I'm sick of being on heavy pain medication. I want to be well so I can help my husband be well. Yes Prescott Valley AZ Yes AARP Digital Member I don't qualify No Image Available
04/17/2019 Jane Better than Grandma This query is about exercise, but food is the other wing of the soaring bird, and the cultivation of consciousness perhaps the balancing tail feathers; all are equally important to me. As a child I was indelibly impressed by the obvious aging and degeneration of both grandmothers: one died at 63 of what they called "premature senility," a heavy, bent, hobbled and inarticulate old woman. My other grandmother by 65 was ridden with arthritis, pain and fragile bones. I'd never seen her move except from dinner table to couch or house to car. She ate a lot of sugar and noodles and cake and suffered from a raft of inflammatory ailments. My parents too had fairly poor lifestyle habits typical of the 1960s and '70s, eating decadently (a word cognate, it's useful to remember, with "decay") and rarely if ever exercising. Both died at 69 of cancer. I determined to try not to go the way of all flesh, per my observations, and later, in my mid-30s, began to curate good habits that I've stayed with for 35 healthful years despite physicians' dire speculations and predictions based on family history. I'll be 70 in August and feel strong and well. I practice yoga daily on my own, not in a class, for the twin joys and privileges of frugality and solitude. I also do a little qigong and Pilates. I walk everywhere possible, aware of posture and breath, which keeps my mind focused. I use no cell phone for many reasons. I have no gadget for measuring heart rate or counting steps, but wager I walk from three to five miles a day. An EKG puts my heart in the category of "athlete." I avoid all drugs and follow Hippocrates' precept: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." So hyper aware of how poorly the grandparents and parents fared and connecting those dubious habits to their earlier-than-necessary deaths, I was impelled to exercise well and eat well. I thrive mainly on organically-grown roots and leafy vegetables. No sugar. No prepared, processed or refined products. I do some light steaming and sautéing on the stove top. Raw is good. I avoid restaurants. I balance the physical stillness and mental concentration required in my work with dedicated stints of the exercises mentioned above. An equally important practice for me is meditation, which can be done anywhere, at any time, formally or spontaneously. When the four aspects of self (which I identify as body, mind, emotions, spirit) are “on register,” I am effortlessly in a state that engenders integrity and wellbeing. And I keep in mind the importance of humor, and something wonderful the Buddha said: "Everything in moderation, including moderation." This query is about exercise, but food is the other wing of the soaring bird, and the cultivation of consciousness perhaps the balancing tail feathers; all are equally important to me. As a child I was indelibly impressed by the obvious aging and degeneration of both grandmothers: one died at 63 of what they called "premature senility," a heavy, bent, hobbled and inarticulate old woman. My other grandmother by 65 was ridden with arthritis, pain and fragile bones. I'd never seen her move except from dinner table to couch or house to car. She ate a lot of sugar and noodles and cake and suffered from a raft of inflammatory ailments. My parents too had fairly poor lifestyle habits typical of the 1960s and '70s, eating decadently (a word cognate, it's useful to remember, with "decay") and rarely if ever exercising. Both died at 69 of cancer. I determined to try not to go the way of all flesh, per my observations, and later, in my mid-30s, began to curate good habits that I've stayed with for 35 healthful years despite physicians' dire speculations and predictions based on family history. I'll be 70 in August and feel strong and well. I practice yoga daily on my own, not in a class, for the twin joys and privileges of frugality and solitude. I also do a little qigong and Pilates. I walk everywhere possible, aware of posture and breath, which keeps my mind focused. I use no cell phone for many reasons. I have no gadget for measuring heart rate or counting steps, but wager I walk from three to five miles a day. An EKG puts my heart in the category of "athlete." I avoid all drugs and follow Hippocrates' precept: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." So hyper aware of how poorly the grandparents and parents fared and connecting those dubious habits to their earlier-than-necessary deaths, I was impelled to exercise well and eat well. I thrive mainly on organically-grown roots and leafy vegetables. No sugar. No prepared, processed or refined products. I do some light steaming and sautéing on the stove top. Raw is good. I avoid restaurants. I balance the physical stillness and mental concentration required in my work with dedicated stints of the exercises mentioned above. An equally important practice for me is meditation, which can be done anywhere, at any time, formally or spontaneously. When the four aspects of self (which I identify as body, mind, emotions, spirit) are “on register,” I am effortlessly in a state that engenders integrity and wellbeing. And I keep in mind the importance of humor, and something wonderful the Buddha said: "Everything in moderation, including moderation." Yes New York City NY Yes Humana Digital Member none; they are cramped and noisy; i read your excellent articles online No Image Available
04/17/2019 Donna Aging with grace For many years I was a single mother raising three children. I took care of my children, our home and worked full time. In the mix of a busy life, I did not take care of me. I made the decision to retire at age 62 (which was three years ago). At the height of my decision to retire was to begin taking care of my physical self. I retired and started walking outside in the month of January. In Montana that's not always possible but I did it and kept it up for three years. Combined with better eating and walking five miles a day, five days a week, I dropped 30 pounds. This February I couldn't walk outside at all due to a harsh winter month so I joined a local gym with SilverSneakers. I didn't know if I'd like the gym experience but decided to give it a try to continue my exercising. Lo and behold, I love the gym! I'm attending five days a week. Each day I walk two miles, bike five miles and use work out equipment. I feel better today than I have in a very long time and I'm now 65. It's NEVER too late to begin taking care of oneself, I'm a testimonial to that! Thank you SilverSneakers for the opportunity to keep up my exercising and positive outlook on life! For many years I was a single mother raising three children. I took care of my children, our home and worked full time. In the mix of a busy life, I did not take care of me. I made the decision to retire at age 62 (which was three years ago). At the height of my decision to retire was to begin taking care of my physical self. I retired and started walking outside in the month of January. In Montana that's not always possible but I did it and kept it up for three years. Combined with better eating and walking five miles a day, five days a week, I dropped 30 pounds. This February I couldn't walk outside at all due to a harsh winter month so I joined a local gym with SilverSneakers. I didn't know if I'd like the gym experience but decided to give it a try to continue my exercising. Lo and behold, I love the gym! I'm attending five days a week. Each day I walk two miles, bike five miles and use work out equipment. I feel better today than I have in a very long time and I'm now 65. It's NEVER too late to begin taking care of oneself, I'm a testimonial to that! Thank you SilverSneakers for the opportunity to keep up my exercising and positive outlook on life! Yes Helena MT Yes Humana Digital Member Crossroads Fitness
04/17/2019 Bruce Defy my doctor & reconnect with baseball I had two motivating reasons to get into shape, the first was to avoid being on put several drugs for health issues (went against the will of my doctor) and to play baseball (hardball) after a 30-year hiatus from the game. It took me two years but I lost 45 pounds and the only drug I'm taking is a calcium blocker (unfortunately high blood pressure is hereditary). I work out three days per week with a weight/speed trainer and three days on my own at home, work gym or Planet Fitness. I rarely miss a workout. My trainer has helped me to run fast, maintain balance and being explosive to play baseball again; I am his oldest client at 65 and he refers to me as that 1 percent group. Last year I had a great first year playing hardball, where I played left field and batted over .400. I enjoy lifting weights and working on my core - no crazy gimmick stuff. I'm dead lifting 285 pounds (10 reps), but my goal is to lift greater than twice my weight (>400 lbs) - I'm in no hurry. I've got my wife working with a trainer as well. I feel young and I also believe I appear younger (image) than my age as well. LIFE is indeed, GOOD! I had two motivating reasons to get into shape, the first was to avoid being on put several drugs for health issues (went against the will of my doctor) and to play baseball (hardball) after a 30-year hiatus from the game. It took me two years but I lost 45 pounds and the only drug I'm taking is a calcium blocker (unfortunately high blood pressure is hereditary). I work out three days per week with a weight/speed trainer and three days on my own at home, work gym or Planet Fitness. I rarely miss a workout. My trainer has helped me to run fast, maintain balance and being explosive to play baseball again; I am his oldest client at 65 and he refers to me as that 1 percent group. Last year I had a great first year playing hardball, where I played left field and batted over .400. I enjoy lifting weights and working on my core - no crazy gimmick stuff. I'm dead lifting 285 pounds (10 reps), but my goal is to lift greater than twice my weight (>400 lbs) - I'm in no hurry. I've got my wife working with a trainer as well. I feel young and I also believe I appear younger (image) than my age as well. LIFE is indeed, GOOD! Yes Crystal Lake IL Yes Aetna Digital Member Planet Fitness No Image Available
04/17/2019 Robert "Bob" Old guy still lifting I have been a competitive Olympic weightlifter since 18 years of age (1969). I have been competing as a Master (nice way of saying old folks who still lift) since 2001. This year I will be celebrating my 50th year since my first competition. At the end of March 2019, I won my 8th national championship and look forward to competing in the Pan American Championship in late May and the World Championship in mid-August. I have always stayed fit. My motto / priorities are: 1 - Feel good! 2 - Look good! and if possible, 3 - Be good! Weightlifting, Crossfit and some bicycle racing have helped me accomplish these priorities. I thoroughly enjoy the comaraderie of training, competing and sharing my knowledge through coaching other athletes. Health, fitness and improved appearance are byproducts of enjoying my sporting endeavors. I highly recommend lifting and fitness activities to anyone who will listen. Good health and fitness are their own reward. You will enjoy life more when you feel good, look good and maybe even are good! As far as SilverSneakers goes, it provides me a membership at a gym that has equipment that is not available at my primary gyms. I would be doing what I do with or without SilverSneakers but I appreciate the additional facilities that SilverSneakers makes available to me. Best regards and lift big weights! I have been a competitive Olympic weightlifter since 18 years of age (1969). I have been competing as a Master (nice way of saying old folks who still lift) since 2001. This year I will be celebrating my 50th year since my first competition. At the end of March 2019, I won my 8th national championship and look forward to competing in the Pan American Championship in late May and the World Championship in mid-August. I have always stayed fit. My motto / priorities are: 1 - Feel good! 2 - Look good! and if possible, 3 - Be good! Weightlifting, Crossfit and some bicycle racing have helped me accomplish these priorities. I thoroughly enjoy the comaraderie of training, competing and sharing my knowledge through coaching other athletes. Health, fitness and improved appearance are byproducts of enjoying my sporting endeavors. I highly recommend lifting and fitness activities to anyone who will listen. Good health and fitness are their own reward. You will enjoy life more when you feel good, look good and maybe even are good! As far as SilverSneakers goes, it provides me a membership at a gym that has equipment that is not available at my primary gyms. I would be doing what I do with or without SilverSneakers but I appreciate the additional facilities that SilverSneakers makes available to me. Best regards and lift big weights! Yes Elmhurst IL Yes Digital Member LA Fitness - Villa Park / Elmhurst No Image Available
04/17/2019 Linda No repeating 2015 I began weight loss and exercise using CalorieCount online in 2014. In 2015 I suffered a mild heart attack that needed a stent placed. At that point I had lost 40 pounds and needed to lose another 40. I went through cardiac rehab and continued on my weight loss and exercise journey, but CalorieCount then shut down. I tried MyFitnessPal online, but was unimpressed. I found SparkPeople online through the recommendation of a friend. I love this site and continue to use it to track both food and exercise. To date, my blood pressure is down, my meds have been reduced, and I have reached my goal weight, losing a grand total of 86 pounds. I continue this routine to keep myself as strong and healthy as I possibly can. I began weight loss and exercise using CalorieCount online in 2014. In 2015 I suffered a mild heart attack that needed a stent placed. At that point I had lost 40 pounds and needed to lose another 40. I went through cardiac rehab and continued on my weight loss and exercise journey, but CalorieCount then shut down. I tried MyFitnessPal online, but was unimpressed. I found SparkPeople online through the recommendation of a friend. I love this site and continue to use it to track both food and exercise. To date, my blood pressure is down, my meds have been reduced, and I have reached my goal weight, losing a grand total of 86 pounds. I continue this routine to keep myself as strong and healthy as I possibly can. Yes New Gloucester ME No Digital Member No Image Available
04/17/2019 Mary Staying Fit Well I'm doing the exercises that I receive from you guys; it's so awesome. Working on my right shoulder, lower back and left leg. No pain no gain. I will be coming in to the YMCA again. I'm taking baby steps. Well I'm doing the exercises that I receive from you guys; it's so awesome. Working on my right shoulder, lower back and left leg. No pain no gain. I will be coming in to the YMCA again. I'm taking baby steps. Yes Philadelphia PA Yes Digital Member
04/17/2019 Robert Fitbit Well, my children got me a Fitbit for Christmas. I really didn't want it, but I didn't want to offend them. So I started wearing it. It wasn't long that I started to work on goals and reaching them. My resting heart rate was good at the start in the low 70s. But now it's in the mid to high 50s. I am in much better physical and mental condition. I lost a lot of fat and added some muscle. I highly advise using some kind of tracker, either a Fitbit or something like it! Well, my children got me a Fitbit for Christmas. I really didn't want it, but I didn't want to offend them. So I started wearing it. It wasn't long that I started to work on goals and reaching them. My resting heart rate was good at the start in the low 70s. But now it's in the mid to high 50s. I am in much better physical and mental condition. I lost a lot of fat and added some muscle. I highly advise using some kind of tracker, either a Fitbit or something like it! Yes Oxford CT Yes Aetna Digital Member CW Fitness, YMCA, Planet Fitness No Image Available
04/04/2019 Susan More active, more fun and more wonderful friends I am 74 and have bad knees. I have had my right knee replaced and the Surgeon said the left should be done soon. That was 5 years ago. I used to have cortisone shots on my left knee, however since I started the SilverSneakers program I have built up the muscles around both my knees and have so much more flexibility. I no longer need the cortisone shots and am determined to keep up my exercise program so I do not have to have the left knee replaced. I exercise three days a week. I am a widow on a fixed income so being able to go to the gym through the SilverSneakers program is a blessing. I take exercise very seriously now, because it truely has made a wonderful difference in my knees and flexibility. We had a Halloween party at our gym. This is my friend Nansy (see attached image). We dressed as twins. Our SilverSneakers group has a lot of fun events. I am 74 and have bad knees. I have had my right knee replaced and the Surgeon said the left should be done soon. That was 5 years ago. I used to have cortisone shots on my left knee, however since I started the SilverSneakers program I have built up the muscles around both my knees and have so much more flexibility. I no longer need the cortisone shots and am determined to keep up my exercise program so I do not have to have the left knee replaced. I exercise three days a week. I am a widow on a fixed income so being able to go to the gym through the SilverSneakers program is a blessing. I take exercise very seriously now, because it truely has made a wonderful difference in my knees and flexibility. We had a Halloween party at our gym. This is my friend Nansy (see attached image). We dressed as twins. Our SilverSneakers group has a lot of fun events. Yes Huntly VA Yes Humana Digital Member Fitness Evolution,Front Royal, Va.
04/02/2019 Thomas Fitness starts to advance with Pool Walking Exercises available to Seniors Perhaps my thinking was blocked by outside unknown 2050 technology as I wanted to go to the hand rail of my front porch steps, not to have tried to ski down my black ice covered front porch steps---, of course, without the skis! The fall produced seven fractures, nothing broken, no head damage, so I was a "happy patient in pain" having experienced excellent care at major hospital ER. The hospital trauma lead doctor rather saw me as a possible candidate if to be made chronic for his team, his narcotics, and his unknown design. He asked if I any tingling in my finger. Well I fell off my porch, I suppose I did as my right arm was later seen bruised and cut by the cement. I did not need surgery, my head was not hit,----probably some tingle. Before I knew it my being rested in pain was being fit for a neck brace needing a mandatory x-ray. The moves from table to table were terrible for pain. My new gurney for transfer had my hip on one half and my spine on the other. At the x-ray, the trauma team forced my body to try to fold, causing excruciating pain, needing me at right angles spine against sacrum. I screamed often and loud as each fold up caused great collateral pains. Trying five times, my scream became more painful---I screamed to stop. I was again transferred from gurney to bed, horrible pains. The brace remained on my neck all night failing to take the further pain. The trauma leader stated he was a rib and check man and not to see the sacrum x-ray, the spread on the gurney. I demanded a new x-ray. He only would take the hip joints from new leg pain from sacrum to joint to leg. I was transported to an outside care, but the facility failed to respond to right side pains complaint, as staff paid no attention: "you have only fractures." Well it turned out my chiropractor x-ray showed a broken rib on the right side. My MD doctor concurred, to let it heal, I got great chiropractic care: early ice, soon electron stem---then the facility started electro stem---but failed to have me seen by their staff doctor, get x-ray, and do things that caused increased pain, like climb two flights of steps. I soon left that facility voluntarily when was forced to sign without my MD notice, to end my stay. At home it was difficult but I was shown how to survive, be careful and off the strong narcotic meds. Then came SilverSneakers to my added recovery. I had access to YMCA to use floating belt in pool, and pool deep chair to be scooped up without risk to broken rib pains. As able all things came in time. I went to SilverSneakers to exercise as I had done for a year---this time to use a one pound as was possible. Well, that night was remarkable body pain, for sauve, for RX over the counter, and rest as possible. SilverSneakers allowed warm water soft jets, steam relaxing, and safe exit of pool. SilverSneakers Senior exercise went well, with one pounds twice a week. I wear a back brace support but recovery was positive. I feel good. I feel hope. The use of a floater around my waist allowed deep water gravity to drop my legs and hip to slowly release it tangled mess, easy use, walking in the water without a floor, legs moved, improved as did back taking more time, but with my MD permission, and my DC's good chiropractic care. Now at a newer YMCA, better pool, steam room, longer lane to walk---all are helping in my recovery. Thank you SilverSneakers for my options. Seniors know SilverSneakers is an asset within our community assets for pools. I have only tried two plus my Senior Center, which has a fantastic Senior exercise program. I need to maintain to improve, but plan to try another top facility Community Center that has a lazy river---Police are soon to place a handicap parking at my home. I have the tag. So I can do things. Well, I am only "47" with "dyslexia" to hide my real age. But with SilverSneakers, I am a happy 74 getting better day by day, with hopes. The ski noted above are a joke. However, I work with the physically impaired to assist clients' dreams by professional ski patrol to ski at an Ohio Ski resort. Ironically, now I can apply to be a client, as I love to ski carefully, safely--as possible. I just have not done that application yet to show up on a Saturday morning---but I would not be surprised to someday have SilverSneakers for Skiers program. Perhaps my thinking was blocked by outside unknown 2050 technology as I wanted to go to the hand rail of my front porch steps, not to have tried to ski down my black ice covered front porch steps---, of course, without the skis! The fall produced seven fractures, nothing broken, no head damage, so I was a "happy patient in pain" having experienced excellent care at major hospital ER. The hospital trauma lead doctor rather saw me as a possible candidate if to be made chronic for his team, his narcotics, and his unknown design. He asked if I any tingling in my finger. Well I fell off my porch, I suppose I did as my right arm was later seen bruised and cut by the cement. I did not need surgery, my head was not hit,----probably some tingle. Before I knew it my being rested in pain was being fit for a neck brace needing a mandatory x-ray. The moves from table to table were terrible for pain. My new gurney for transfer had my hip on one half and my spine on the other. At the x-ray, the trauma team forced my body to try to fold, causing excruciating pain, needing me at right angles spine against sacrum. I screamed often and loud as each fold up caused great collateral pains. Trying five times, my scream became more painful---I screamed to stop. I was again transferred from gurney to bed, horrible pains. The brace remained on my neck all night failing to take the further pain. The trauma leader stated he was a rib and check man and not to see the sacrum x-ray, the spread on the gurney. I demanded a new x-ray. He only would take the hip joints from new leg pain from sacrum to joint to leg. I was transported to an outside care, but the facility failed to respond to right side pains complaint, as staff paid no attention: "you have only fractures." Well it turned out my chiropractor x-ray showed a broken rib on the right side. My MD doctor concurred, to let it heal, I got great chiropractic care: early ice, soon electron stem---then the facility started electro stem---but failed to have me seen by their staff doctor, get x-ray, and do things that caused increased pain, like climb two flights of steps. I soon left that facility voluntarily when was forced to sign without my MD notice, to end my stay. At home it was difficult but I was shown how to survive, be careful and off the strong narcotic meds. Then came SilverSneakers to my added recovery. I had access to YMCA to use floating belt in pool, and pool deep chair to be scooped up without risk to broken rib pains. As able all things came in time. I went to SilverSneakers to exercise as I had done for a year---this time to use a one pound as was possible. Well, that night was remarkable body pain, for sauve, for RX over the counter, and rest as possible. SilverSneakers allowed warm water soft jets, steam relaxing, and safe exit of pool. SilverSneakers Senior exercise went well, with one pounds twice a week. I wear a back brace support but recovery was positive. I feel good. I feel hope. The use of a floater around my waist allowed deep water gravity to drop my legs and hip to slowly release it tangled mess, easy use, walking in the water without a floor, legs moved, improved as did back taking more time, but with my MD permission, and my DC's good chiropractic care. Now at a newer YMCA, better pool, steam room, longer lane to walk---all are helping in my recovery. Thank you SilverSneakers for my options. Seniors know SilverSneakers is an asset within our community assets for pools. I have only tried two plus my Senior Center, which has a fantastic Senior exercise program. I need to maintain to improve, but plan to try another top facility Community Center that has a lazy river---Police are soon to place a handicap parking at my home. I have the tag. So I can do things. Well, I am only "47" with "dyslexia" to hide my real age. But with SilverSneakers, I am a happy 74 getting better day by day, with hopes. The ski noted above are a joke. However, I work with the physically impaired to assist clients' dreams by professional ski patrol to ski at an Ohio Ski resort. Ironically, now I can apply to be a client, as I love to ski carefully, safely--as possible. I just have not done that application yet to show up on a Saturday morning---but I would not be surprised to someday have SilverSneakers for Skiers program. Yes Columbus OH Yes Aetna Digital Member Janis Center No Image Available
03/27/2019 Emma I am looking for a solution I am a bilateral double leg amputee, I am looking for help in getting my body toned up...I am 71 and I have had a left hip joint replacement, left shoulder rotator cuff repair, I have arthritis in my right hip, lower back and spine. I also deal with awful sciatica nerve pain...is there a place you can recommend for me. I am a very active 71-year-old woman with lots of energy and I want to keep it going, I do a lot of volunteer work with others with life challenges, I am also a published author can you help me? I am a bilateral double leg amputee, I am looking for help in getting my body toned up...I am 71 and I have had a left hip joint replacement, left shoulder rotator cuff repair, I have arthritis in my right hip, lower back and spine. I also deal with awful sciatica nerve pain...is there a place you can recommend for me. I am a very active 71-year-old woman with lots of energy and I want to keep it going, I do a lot of volunteer work with others with life challenges, I am also a published author can you help me? Yes Detroit MI Yes Digital Member None at this time
03/27/2019 Kathy Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle I first became aware of the value of fitness after my second child. I was 28 years old when I became aware that I was beginning to slow down and was not as limber as before. At that point I started to jog. At first I could only jog a quarter of a mile and had to complete my run with some walking. Within a very short time I advanced to running a mile and then two miles. For many years I would run two miles on weekday mornings, five miles on Saturday and rest on Sunday. At this time I started noticing a positive change in my mood and physical appearance. I was hooked on running and ran daily for the next 30 years. My greatest accomplishment was completing a half marathon. I was training for a marathon when my hips started to hurt which ultimately led to the end of my running when I was about 58 years old. To keep up with my physical fitness I started walking five miles each morning. Today I am 68 and rarely miss a morning five-mile walk. About five years ago I started feeling aches in my knees and lower back. I put together a strength training program which has helped relieve the pain in my knees, hip and back. SilverSneakers helped enhanced my original strength program. I read their newsletters and have incorporated some exercises that focus on areas of my body that I want to improve. Additionally, I have become a strong advocate for a healthy diet. I focus primarily on a plant based diet and try to eat mostly food from the “super foods” group. SilverSneakers’ newsletter occasionally will write about healthy diets and I have followed several of their advice and recommendations for seniors. Creating a habit of exercise has not been a big problem for me. Every morning when I walk I listen to an audio book which I look forward to and makes my walk very enjoyable. Core strength training after my walk is also an exercise program I have no problem sticking to. I usually watch a documentary or show and it seems effortless to me. Practicing a daily exercise program and healthy lifestyle has taught me that people can be in control of their quality of life and can maximize your ability to do as much as possible. Today I enjoy traveling, hiking and cooking – all of this is a direct outcome of working out and a healthy diet. My favorite aspect of SilverSneakers is their newsletters. They focus on issues and questions I have as a senior and this helps me to make educated and positive choices in my daily lifestyle. I first became aware of the value of fitness after my second child. I was 28 years old when I became aware that I was beginning to slow down and was not as limber as before. At that point I started to jog. At first I could only jog a quarter of a mile and had to complete my run with some walking. Within a very short time I advanced to running a mile and then two miles. For many years I would run two miles on weekday mornings, five miles on Saturday and rest on Sunday. At this time I started noticing a positive change in my mood and physical appearance. I was hooked on running and ran daily for the next 30 years. My greatest accomplishment was completing a half marathon. I was training for a marathon when my hips started to hurt which ultimately led to the end of my running when I was about 58 years old. To keep up with my physical fitness I started walking five miles each morning. Today I am 68 and rarely miss a morning five-mile walk. About five years ago I started feeling aches in my knees and lower back. I put together a strength training program which has helped relieve the pain in my knees, hip and back. SilverSneakers helped enhanced my original strength program. I read their newsletters and have incorporated some exercises that focus on areas of my body that I want to improve. Additionally, I have become a strong advocate for a healthy diet. I focus primarily on a plant based diet and try to eat mostly food from the “super foods” group. SilverSneakers’ newsletter occasionally will write about healthy diets and I have followed several of their advice and recommendations for seniors. Creating a habit of exercise has not been a big problem for me. Every morning when I walk I listen to an audio book which I look forward to and makes my walk very enjoyable. Core strength training after my walk is also an exercise program I have no problem sticking to. I usually watch a documentary or show and it seems effortless to me. Practicing a daily exercise program and healthy lifestyle has taught me that people can be in control of their quality of life and can maximize your ability to do as much as possible. Today I enjoy traveling, hiking and cooking – all of this is a direct outcome of working out and a healthy diet. My favorite aspect of SilverSneakers is their newsletters. They focus on issues and questions I have as a senior and this helps me to make educated and positive choices in my daily lifestyle. Yes Boca Raton FL Yes Florida Hospital Care Advantage Digital Member None
03/28/2019 Monica Sugar Free I weighed 238 pounds I now weigh 201. I Lost 37 pounds on Shepherd Code. It is high protein low carb. I gave up potatoes, rice, bread, pasta and pizza. I also gave up sugar cookies, cake, ice cream and candy. I weighed 238 pounds I now weigh 201. I Lost 37 pounds on Shepherd Code. It is high protein low carb. I gave up potatoes, rice, bread, pasta and pizza. I also gave up sugar cookies, cake, ice cream and candy. Yes Carpinteria CA Yes United HealthCare Digital Member No Image Available
03/28/2019 Barbara My Journey. 2019 SilverSneakers has helped me in so many ways. I joined SilverSneakers in 2012 and started swimming and exercising in the pool. I have Psoratic/Rheumatoid arthritis. Most days I can't walk very well at all. The hot tub helps so much to loosen me up enough to exercise in the pool. Thanks to Humana and SilverSneakers, I have lost over 100 pounds since about 2014. THANKS SILVERSNEAKERS!!!❤️ SilverSneakers has helped me in so many ways. I joined SilverSneakers in 2012 and started swimming and exercising in the pool. I have Psoratic/Rheumatoid arthritis. Most days I can't walk very well at all. The hot tub helps so much to loosen me up enough to exercise in the pool. Thanks to Humana and SilverSneakers, I have lost over 100 pounds since about 2014. THANKS SILVERSNEAKERS!!!❤️ Yes Belleville IL Yes Humana Digital Member Carondelet Park Req Complex
03/18/2019 Robert Best Ever Group Our SilverSneakers class is the best in the US. After we exercise we have a social hour and we also have a birthday party each month for the birthdays that month! Our exercise group meets at the Yzone in Neshannock, PA ! This is our group today! Our SilverSneakers class is the best in the US. After we exercise we have a social hour and we also have a birthday party each month for the birthdays that month! Our exercise group meets at the Yzone in Neshannock, PA ! This is our group today! Yes Neshannock New Castle PA Yes Highmark Digital Member Yzone Neshannock, PA
02/22/2019 Diego 20 years of going to the gym When I turned 50, my wife gave me a membership to a fitness center. I did not know if I would really like it, but with the days I started to see the changes. I've been going to the gym for 20 years one hour and thirty minutes a day, five days a week.Today I am 70 years old and I can lift 120 pounds, I try to do all kinds of exercises and I also work in construction. I am not superman but today I pick up the fruit of having gone to the Gym. When I turned 50, my wife gave me a membership to a fitness center. I did not know if I would really like it, but with the days I started to see the changes. I've been going to the gym for 20 years one hour and thirty minutes a day, five days a week.Today I am 70 years old and I can lift 120 pounds, I try to do all kinds of exercises and I also work in construction. I am not superman but today I pick up the fruit of having gone to the Gym. Yes Plant City FL Yes Florida Blue Digital Member planet fitness -1864 James L Redman
02/20/2019 John S Replacing bad with the good January 1984 Rochester, MN, a bleak, cold Monday I began a huge change in my 44-year life to date. Making my way to the first NIH smoking cessation group meeting at the Mayo Clinic. Apprehensive but determined, little did I know this would lead to an end to my addiction to tobacco and a much more healthy future. The group consisted of a wide range of people, education, jobs, personalities. Also different interventions, ours was a sort of 12-step approach without religion...11 steps? We had a moderator, a NOX dector (no cheating this device) and good old Niccorret gum and of course the support of the group. The first two weeks were the hardest but I spent a lot of time doing things where it wasn't possible to smoke, walk the dog in -10 weather, snow shoveling, washing dishes, taking many showers. At the end of March I bought a road bike and rode 5 or 6 miles every day. By May I made it up to 16 miles and bought a much better bike. Total for the year was 860 miles! WhoooHooo! Joined the YMCA and have never looked back, never tempted to start smoking again. Since Oct 2013 I have ridden 19,000 miles. Taking no prescription drugs. I am also a certified Yoga teacher, providing classes and the local Hindu Temple. My advice is "Take care of yourself. Make it your job, nobody can do it for you." Yes it's not easy or always enjoyable but necessary if you want to keep doing all the things that make life worth while. January 1984 Rochester, MN, a bleak, cold Monday I began a huge change in my 44-year life to date. Making my way to the first NIH smoking cessation group meeting at the Mayo Clinic. Apprehensive but determined, little did I know this would lead to an end to my addiction to tobacco and a much more healthy future. The group consisted of a wide range of people, education, jobs, personalities. Also different interventions, ours was a sort of 12-step approach without religion...11 steps? We had a moderator, a NOX dector (no cheating this device) and good old Niccorret gum and of course the support of the group. The first two weeks were the hardest but I spent a lot of time doing things where it wasn't possible to smoke, walk the dog in -10 weather, snow shoveling, washing dishes, taking many showers. At the end of March I bought a road bike and rode 5 or 6 miles every day. By May I made it up to 16 miles and bought a much better bike. Total for the year was 860 miles! WhoooHooo! Joined the YMCA and have never looked back, never tempted to start smoking again. Since Oct 2013 I have ridden 19,000 miles. Taking no prescription drugs. I am also a certified Yoga teacher, providing classes and the local Hindu Temple. My advice is "Take care of yourself. Make it your job, nobody can do it for you." Yes it's not easy or always enjoyable but necessary if you want to keep doing all the things that make life worth while. Yes Rochester MN Yes Digital Member Northgate Health Club No Image Available
02/20/2019 Benjamin Membership Recently I visited a YMCA in an area I plan to relocate. I asked about transfering my current SilverSneakers membership and was informed they now charge for the program. Also that all SilverSneakers memberships for the Y will soon charge as well. That will place a strain on my limited income, so I may have to cancel. Recently I visited a YMCA in an area I plan to relocate. I asked about transfering my current SilverSneakers membership and was informed they now charge for the program. Also that all SilverSneakers memberships for the Y will soon charge as well. That will place a strain on my limited income, so I may have to cancel. Yes Belmont NC Yes Humana Digital Member Mt Holly No Image Available
02/20/2019 Patricia Thankful for opportunities Exercising to stay fit was never something I considered necessary. As long as I rode my bike, golfed, hiked or played pickle ball, I felt my physical needs were being met. That philosophy was about to change when, in 3 short days, I lost my hearing in one ear, from normal to deaf, plus my balance went with it. The doctors don't have an explanation, but it can, and does, happen to many people. Suddenly, my activities became more difficult as I was left straining to hear, or trying to maintain my balance. For awhile, I just stayed away from outside activities, believing that I would get hurt, or possibly cause a teammate to get hurt. It was when I saw that my community gym was offering strength and balance classes that I had my "ah ha" moment. The icing on the cake was learning that the classes were paid for by SilverSneakers and my insurance. To make a long story short, I have been attending this class three times a week for several months now, and have found both my strength and balance greatly improved. My golf swing and pickleball swing are much stronger and I don't tire out as easily. My balance will never be normal, but I have learned to compensate. I am most thankful that this opportunity is available to me. Exercising to stay fit was never something I considered necessary. As long as I rode my bike, golfed, hiked or played pickle ball, I felt my physical needs were being met. That philosophy was about to change when, in 3 short days, I lost my hearing in one ear, from normal to deaf, plus my balance went with it. The doctors don't have an explanation, but it can, and does, happen to many people. Suddenly, my activities became more difficult as I was left straining to hear, or trying to maintain my balance. For awhile, I just stayed away from outside activities, believing that I would get hurt, or possibly cause a teammate to get hurt. It was when I saw that my community gym was offering strength and balance classes that I had my "ah ha" moment. The icing on the cake was learning that the classes were paid for by SilverSneakers and my insurance. To make a long story short, I have been attending this class three times a week for several months now, and have found both my strength and balance greatly improved. My golf swing and pickleball swing are much stronger and I don't tire out as easily. My balance will never be normal, but I have learned to compensate. I am most thankful that this opportunity is available to me. Yes Mesa AZ Yes Humana Digital Member Leisure World Recreation Center No Image Available
02/20/2019 Steve From fatness to fitness March 1, 2019 I will start my 3rd year as a plant eater. I watched a documentary entitled "Forks over Knives" and switched from eating animal products and processed foods to a plant-based diet. In less than 90 fays I lost 35 pounds, no longer had diabetes or high blood pressure. I have not only kept the excess pounds off, but continue losing weight. The icing on my cake has been the SilverSneakers program which allows me to use fitness centers wherever I go. I only use the treadmill for a brisk half hour a day and that is what reminds me of my commitment to become and stay fit. March 1, 2019 I will start my 3rd year as a plant eater. I watched a documentary entitled "Forks over Knives" and switched from eating animal products and processed foods to a plant-based diet. In less than 90 fays I lost 35 pounds, no longer had diabetes or high blood pressure. I have not only kept the excess pounds off, but continue losing weight. The icing on my cake has been the SilverSneakers program which allows me to use fitness centers wherever I go. I only use the treadmill for a brisk half hour a day and that is what reminds me of my commitment to become and stay fit. Yes Christmas Valley OR Yes United HealthCare Digital Member OR CA AZ. LA Fitness 24-7 Anytime Fitness Mid Valley Athletic Club No Image Available
02/20/2019 Ginny Lazy I don't know how to get motivated, so my story is not one of success but of longing to start. I have a chair gym which I don't use. My biggest question is why and I realize I am the only one that can answer that. I joined Planet Fitness for a while and was religious and then got tired of leaving my house every morning. My motivation should be every time I look in the mirror or get tired of buying plus size clothing, but it just doesn't stick. So as I said this is not a success story, this is a story wondering why I don't have the motivation for change. I don't know how to get motivated, so my story is not one of success but of longing to start. I have a chair gym which I don't use. My biggest question is why and I realize I am the only one that can answer that. I joined Planet Fitness for a while and was religious and then got tired of leaving my house every morning. My motivation should be every time I look in the mirror or get tired of buying plus size clothing, but it just doesn't stick. So as I said this is not a success story, this is a story wondering why I don't have the motivation for change. Yes Milwaukee WI Yes United HealthCare Digital Member No Image Available
02/13/2019 Kebede Thank you to SilverSneakers If it was not for SilverSneakers' help, I would have been crippled, staying at home doing nothing. To pay and participate was tough. Thank you for your help. If it was not for SilverSneakers' help, I would have been crippled, staying at home doing nothing. To pay and participate was tough. Thank you for your help. Yes Marietta GA Yes Aetna Digital Member LA Fitness No Image Available
02/13/2019 Natalie I love the exercise program I love the exercise program so I decided to do the challenge for me on the QT! I love the exercise program so I decided to do the challenge for me on the QT! Yes No Digital MPC
02/09/2019 Suzanne 24 hour gym After four years of going to the gym several times a week I was able to recover quickly after right hip replacement. Way faster then six years ago when I had left hip surgery. But then I had not been going to the gym. So even though I am six years older (81) I am in great shape. Thanks to the SilverSneaker program I am in great shape and love going to my gym. Thank you After four years of going to the gym several times a week I was able to recover quickly after right hip replacement. Way faster then six years ago when I had left hip surgery. But then I had not been going to the gym. So even though I am six years older (81) I am in great shape. Thanks to the SilverSneaker program I am in great shape and love going to my gym. Thank you Yes Mill Valley CA Yes Blue Shield of California Digital Member Larkspur No Image Available
02/08/2019 Charles Downed truck driver My back and hip pain ended my driving career in 15 months. I'd experienced a Tractor trailer roll-over incident in 2010 which was no fault of mine. I experienced what I thought was minor injuries - lacerations in my left hip which was the side where the truck rested, did weeks of physical therapy and was back in a truck in a month. However in May 2014 I started having excruciating hip pain that would cease when I stood up, so sitting through a movie became impossible! I went to the ER got x-rayed and had bone on bone hip problem and later an MRI revealed a bulging disc on sciatic nerve. Now it was impossible for me to climb steps to get in and out of a truck, so I went to then employer(last) and asked for short term disability. I was given the forms then needed my primary Doctor to sign for the laser spine surgery, which she denied stating she's not pain management and the procedure wasn't FDA approved. My job then fired me for no call/no show since the Short term was invalid. Since unable to report for work I was also ineligible for unemployment insurance. I was evicted from our apartment and separated from wife with divorce pending. I was granted disability in 2016 and had decompression surgery in May 2018 where they replaced the disc with two metal screws. After surgery and physical therapy, January 11 this year I walked without the aid of crutches!! For the first time since January 2016!! So I'm looking forward to getting my core and lower back muscles stronger and to continue where my physical therapy left off. My back and hip pain ended my driving career in 15 months. I'd experienced a Tractor trailer roll-over incident in 2010 which was no fault of mine. I experienced what I thought was minor injuries - lacerations in my left hip which was the side where the truck rested, did weeks of physical therapy and was back in a truck in a month. However in May 2014 I started having excruciating hip pain that would cease when I stood up, so sitting through a movie became impossible! I went to the ER got x-rayed and had bone on bone hip problem and later an MRI revealed a bulging disc on sciatic nerve. Now it was impossible for me to climb steps to get in and out of a truck, so I went to then employer(last) and asked for short term disability. I was given the forms then needed my primary Doctor to sign for the laser spine surgery, which she denied stating she's not pain management and the procedure wasn't FDA approved. My job then fired me for no call/no show since the Short term was invalid. Since unable to report for work I was also ineligible for unemployment insurance. I was evicted from our apartment and separated from wife with divorce pending. I was granted disability in 2016 and had decompression surgery in May 2018 where they replaced the disc with two metal screws. After surgery and physical therapy, January 11 this year I walked without the aid of crutches!! For the first time since January 2016!! So I'm looking forward to getting my core and lower back muscles stronger and to continue where my physical therapy left off. Yes Mexia TX Yes Digital Member No Image Available
02/08/2019 Neil I must do better Due to life's circumstances, being healthy has taken a back seat for me. Dealing with my mom's poor health, school and all that entails, I have at times fallen into depression and find myself eating just to eat. Fast forward, I'm now over 300 pounds and that depresses me even more. I'm glad I'm able to use SilverSneakers and I have an appointment this coming Tuesday to map out a plan to take back my life. Depression is a bad road to be on. I have a $2,000 drumset in the basement that I look at like an item taking up space. I'm making plans to get back into bodybuilding and I truly, truly wish SilverSneakers had a martial arts class. I taught martial arts for close to 7 years and still consider myself a student, maybe, just maybe I can get down to my fighting weight and offer martial arts as part of the SilverSneakers routine. I'm also back in college as a Baking and Pastry student, my specialty is Quiche. Due to life's circumstances, being healthy has taken a back seat for me. Dealing with my mom's poor health, school and all that entails, I have at times fallen into depression and find myself eating just to eat. Fast forward, I'm now over 300 pounds and that depresses me even more. I'm glad I'm able to use SilverSneakers and I have an appointment this coming Tuesday to map out a plan to take back my life. Depression is a bad road to be on. I have a $2,000 drumset in the basement that I look at like an item taking up space. I'm making plans to get back into bodybuilding and I truly, truly wish SilverSneakers had a martial arts class. I taught martial arts for close to 7 years and still consider myself a student, maybe, just maybe I can get down to my fighting weight and offer martial arts as part of the SilverSneakers routine. I'm also back in college as a Baking and Pastry student, my specialty is Quiche. Yes Richmond VA Yes CareMore Digital Member Janke Rd.
02/08/2019 Eileen Miss my SilverSneakers! When I had a medicare advantage plan with United Healthcare I had SilverSneakers and went to the YMCA to the classes and used the machines and bicycle. It was wonderful. Well, my plan was discontinued and the only one the insurance offered was too expensive so I had to switch to regular Medicare and now I have no access anymore. It is awful. I guess Medicare doesn't want to keep me healthy. The only option is to pay $42.00 a month which I cannot afford. Do you have any type of alternative program for those like myself?? Thank you for listening. When I had a medicare advantage plan with United Healthcare I had SilverSneakers and went to the YMCA to the classes and used the machines and bicycle. It was wonderful. Well, my plan was discontinued and the only one the insurance offered was too expensive so I had to switch to regular Medicare and now I have no access anymore. It is awful. I guess Medicare doesn't want to keep me healthy. The only option is to pay $42.00 a month which I cannot afford. Do you have any type of alternative program for those like myself?? Thank you for listening. Yes Staten Island NY Yes Digital Member The YMCA in Richmond County NY No Image Available
02/07/2019 Donna Could not be happier I started to attend SilverSneakers classes after knee replacement surgery and am I ever happy that I did. I met new people, seniors like me, lost weight and firmed areas of my body that were never firm. I have found all the instructors to be excellent; they remind us to constantly breathe correctly and stay hydrated. I attend classes at a nearby Community Center and at a local Y facility. Thank you insurance company for providing such a valuable tool for seniors who want to stay fit and moving.... I started to attend SilverSneakers classes after knee replacement surgery and am I ever happy that I did. I met new people, seniors like me, lost weight and firmed areas of my body that were never firm. I have found all the instructors to be excellent; they remind us to constantly breathe correctly and stay hydrated. I attend classes at a nearby Community Center and at a local Y facility. Thank you insurance company for providing such a valuable tool for seniors who want to stay fit and moving.... Yes easton PA Yes AARP Digital Member Easton Area YMCA, College Hill site and Chrin Community Center in Palmer Township No Image Available
02/07/2019 Gregory Don’t Join AARP United Healthcare I was starting to improve my health (lost some weight, increased my cardio, added muscle, etc.) by using SilverSneakers at my YMCA, which is close to home. UnitedHealth Care took away the SilverSneakers program from those who most need it and can least afford other fitness center costs—seniors with AARP UnitedHealth Care medical coverage. My health will deteriorate as a result. (I will have to try to create my own fitness program at home; had to say goodbye to my classes at the Y. So UnitedHealth Care increased my premiums and reduced my benefits. All of which happened AFTER it was too late to change my medical plan for 2019. I was starting to improve my health (lost some weight, increased my cardio, added muscle, etc.) by using SilverSneakers at my YMCA, which is close to home. UnitedHealth Care took away the SilverSneakers program from those who most need it and can least afford other fitness center costs—seniors with AARP UnitedHealth Care medical coverage. My health will deteriorate as a result. (I will have to try to create my own fitness program at home; had to say goodbye to my classes at the Y. So UnitedHealth Care increased my premiums and reduced my benefits. All of which happened AFTER it was too late to change my medical plan for 2019. Yes Naperville IL Yes Digital Member Fry YMCA Naperville, IL No Image Available
02/07/2019 Rebecca Love SilverSneakers SilverSneakers has enhanced my health! Since I started back in Aug 2018 doing the Aqua, Waves in Motion (2x) and Hydro Fit (a total of 4 classes a week). When starting these classes I was not able to fully use my left shoulder and arm. I had a horse related accident back in 1995 that limited me to be able to lift very little weight with and or be able to lift my left arm above my shoulder. I now am pushing 4 to 5 pound weight in all directions with this arm and shoulder. We also have been participating in Chair Yoga once a week, it's a great stretch class. At the beginning of this year we have also added a BOOM class. All classes together has help me in balance, stamina, weight loss and I feel great!! Thank you SilverSneakers!! SilverSneakers has enhanced my health! Since I started back in Aug 2018 doing the Aqua, Waves in Motion (2x) and Hydro Fit (a total of 4 classes a week). When starting these classes I was not able to fully use my left shoulder and arm. I had a horse related accident back in 1995 that limited me to be able to lift very little weight with and or be able to lift my left arm above my shoulder. I now am pushing 4 to 5 pound weight in all directions with this arm and shoulder. We also have been participating in Chair Yoga once a week, it's a great stretch class. At the beginning of this year we have also added a BOOM class. All classes together has help me in balance, stamina, weight loss and I feel great!! Thank you SilverSneakers!! Yes Venus TX Yes Digital Member No Image Available
02/07/2019 Linda My Time I have been going to Planet Fitness since around 2008. I have fallen off the wagon a few times, but now after retiring, I am going 3 to 4 days a week. I use the treadmill, ab crunch and back extension every day and alternate between upper body and lower body workouts. I am 68, will be 69 in March. My goal is to be in the best shape and in the best health for my age. I bowl twice a week on a league. Life is great! I have been going to Planet Fitness since around 2008. I have fallen off the wagon a few times, but now after retiring, I am going 3 to 4 days a week. I use the treadmill, ab crunch and back extension every day and alternate between upper body and lower body workouts. I am 68, will be 69 in March. My goal is to be in the best shape and in the best health for my age. I bowl twice a week on a league. Life is great! Yes Glenburn ME Yes Humana Digital Member Planet Fitness in Bangor,Maine No Image Available
02/07/2019 Colette All about me Back in 2012 I was in a bad accident. A woman T-boned me and after several months of going to the doctor, trying to get relief through massage and excessive injections I had to undergo an appellation on my neck and fused some of the bones in my neck. The seatbelt did some damage to my entire right side. And I had to have several other surgeries after that and I became disabled. My doctor kept telling me I’m putting on weight and I need to exercise. And the word exercise used to be a very dirty word because I live in pain every day and I didn’t need anymore in my life. I also take medication to help curb the severity of the pain. Then one day something clicked and I decided I was going to try SilverSneakers. I looked up closer places and found one that’s near me. It’s called family fitness and I began going there before the first of the year and I would try to lift the weights and I was getting very discouraged because I didn’t see any weight or any changes in my body. Then I happened to see the SilverSneakers classes going on and I thought I would start there. Even though people a lot older than me moved better than me, it made a challenge in my mind that I can do this. And the people didn’t judge me and they encouraged me. They said if you are unable to do it now just keep moving and slowly you’ll get there. I followed the advice and instructors were great. They would encourage me to stretch a little bit more and with all the encouragement it worked. So I began going every Monday Wednesday and Friday to the gym. I went religiously and I found that my joints were loosening up. I was beginning to be able to bend and feel somewhat better. Then I was able to keep up with these elderly folks. And then my doctor suggested weight training so I took my little 2 pound weight and began using that and it’s helped somewhat. I have damage on the right side especially my right shoulder. But since then I decided to start going to more classes because they offered the SilverSneakers, SilverSneakers yoga, and then I join Zumba and it was fun. Though I can’t move as well as others, I’m beginning to feel better about myself. I’ve been working at it now for about two months. I honestly don’t see any weight dropping or any body changes but I’m working on that as well. I’m cutting back on my portions when I eat. I’m eating more fruits and vegetables and I’m learning a lot about how my body works and how it doesn’t. I’m enjoying myself and I look forward to going to the gym even though when I leave I begin to feel the pain and then the very next day, I’m practically on my back because of the pain. I’m going to keep doing this and I thank SilverSneakers for giving me that push in the right direction along with my doctor. I needed to get up and do things because if I don’t, I’m going to be wheelchair-bound in a few years. I may end up that way but I’ve always been active and I’m going to continue until I can’t do it anymore and then I’m still going to try. I realize I’m still new to the Zumba and the other classes that I take and I have to get my mind to realize it’s going to take a little longer to see results. I’ll continue to go because I want to see some good results and maybe have a waistline again. Anyway that’s part of my story and maybe next month I might have something different to say or something more that I have accomplished. And maybe one day I might be able to touch my toes that would be real nice. Back in 2012 I was in a bad accident. A woman T-boned me and after several months of going to the doctor, trying to get relief through massage and excessive injections I had to undergo an appellation on my neck and fused some of the bones in my neck. The seatbelt did some damage to my entire right side. And I had to have several other surgeries after that and I became disabled. My doctor kept telling me I’m putting on weight and I need to exercise. And the word exercise used to be a very dirty word because I live in pain every day and I didn’t need anymore in my life. I also take medication to help curb the severity of the pain. Then one day something clicked and I decided I was going to try SilverSneakers. I looked up closer places and found one that’s near me. It’s called family fitness and I began going there before the first of the year and I would try to lift the weights and I was getting very discouraged because I didn’t see any weight or any changes in my body. Then I happened to see the SilverSneakers classes going on and I thought I would start there. Even though people a lot older than me moved better than me, it made a challenge in my mind that I can do this. And the people didn’t judge me and they encouraged me. They said if you are unable to do it now just keep moving and slowly you’ll get there. I followed the advice and instructors were great. They would encourage me to stretch a little bit more and with all the encouragement it worked. So I began going every Monday Wednesday and Friday to the gym. I went religiously and I found that my joints were loosening up. I was beginning to be able to bend and feel somewhat better. Then I was able to keep up with these elderly folks. And then my doctor suggested weight training so I took my little 2 pound weight and began using that and it’s helped somewhat. I have damage on the right side especially my right shoulder. But since then I decided to start going to more classes because they offered the SilverSneakers, SilverSneakers yoga, and then I join Zumba and it was fun. Though I can’t move as well as others, I’m beginning to feel better about myself. I’ve been working at it now for about two months. I honestly don’t see any weight dropping or any body changes but I’m working on that as well. I’m cutting back on my portions when I eat. I’m eating more fruits and vegetables and I’m learning a lot about how my body works and how it doesn’t. I’m enjoying myself and I look forward to going to the gym even though when I leave I begin to feel the pain and then the very next day, I’m practically on my back because of the pain. I’m going to keep doing this and I thank SilverSneakers for giving me that push in the right direction along with my doctor. I needed to get up and do things because if I don’t, I’m going to be wheelchair-bound in a few years. I may end up that way but I’ve always been active and I’m going to continue until I can’t do it anymore and then I’m still going to try. I realize I’m still new to the Zumba and the other classes that I take and I have to get my mind to realize it’s going to take a little longer to see results. I’ll continue to go because I want to see some good results and maybe have a waistline again. Anyway that’s part of my story and maybe next month I might have something different to say or something more that I have accomplished. And maybe one day I might be able to touch my toes that would be real nice. Yes Hudson FL Yes Digital Member Family fitness in a Hudson Fl No Image Available
02/06/2019 Daniel I have always been active I have always been active, though my work has been sedentary. I walk every day 7,000-10,000 steps. I sometimes go to the gym but have been irregular. My motivation is that as an aging male I need to build and maintain upper body strength. So, getting going on regular gym workouts will be good for me I have always been active, though my work has been sedentary. I walk every day 7,000-10,000 steps. I sometimes go to the gym but have been irregular. My motivation is that as an aging male I need to build and maintain upper body strength. So, getting going on regular gym workouts will be good for me Yes Waialua HI Yes Humana Digital Member
02/04/2019 Ronald A great benefit I truly believe the greatest asset offered for seniors is the SilverSneakers benefit. I am a former athlete and know the need for a few minutes of exercise daily. My father used to say, "get the blood flowing." Anything less than this is cheating the body of its need for movement. I truly believe the greatest asset offered for seniors is the SilverSneakers benefit. I am a former athlete and know the need for a few minutes of exercise daily. My father used to say, "get the blood flowing." Anything less than this is cheating the body of its need for movement. Yes Pittsburgh PA Yes Digital Member No Image Available
01/31/2019 Leonard Excercise changed my life I retired from my job in a Pennsylvania State Prison in 2008. At that time I weighed 228 pounds. I had a triple bypass done in 2000. I said to my wife that I am going to lose weight and get myself healthy and fit. I had worked as a physical trainer in a Nautilus club for 8 years earlier. Since I had many pieces of equipment and a beautiful basement exercise area it was perfect to begin my journey. One of the machines I had was a Nordic Track ski machine. After learning how to use it properly I began to lose weight. I also used the treadmill I had. Many of my friends and family would comment. Being easily motivated I continued to work out because I was seeing changes and my PCP and Heart Surgeon also commented on how I was progressing. One day my brother mentioned that he heard that SilverSneakers was going to be accepted at the YMCA in our town. I checked into it but it wasn’t yet an option. So I joined it anyway and after about a year it was open to me. I started walking on their track. The first day I went 1 mile (20 revolutions) which seemed like an eternity. But being a goal oriented person I raised the amount of walking to 10 miles per day. Between what I had done at home and the Y track I saw big changes. My weight now is around 165, my blood pressure is around 110/60. My cardiologist told me to cut back a little so I now do 8 miles 5 days per week. In 8 years of walking at the Y i have gone almost 12,000 miles. I now also wear a FitBit Versa watch and counting the Y I usually do between 25,000 and 40,000 steps every day. I got rid of all my large clothing and now wear medium only. I feel so much better and I express that to everyone I talk to. Everyday I give inspirational talks to people that ask me how did I do it. Sorry it’s so long but it was a long story. I know that I am healthier than I have ever been. I retired from my job in a Pennsylvania State Prison in 2008. At that time I weighed 228 pounds. I had a triple bypass done in 2000. I said to my wife that I am going to lose weight and get myself healthy and fit. I had worked as a physical trainer in a Nautilus club for 8 years earlier. Since I had many pieces of equipment and a beautiful basement exercise area it was perfect to begin my journey. One of the machines I had was a Nordic Track ski machine. After learning how to use it properly I began to lose weight. I also used the treadmill I had. Many of my friends and family would comment. Being easily motivated I continued to work out because I was seeing changes and my PCP and Heart Surgeon also commented on how I was progressing. One day my brother mentioned that he heard that SilverSneakers was going to be accepted at the YMCA in our town. I checked into it but it wasn’t yet an option. So I joined it anyway and after about a year it was open to me. I started walking on their track. The first day I went 1 mile (20 revolutions) which seemed like an eternity. But being a goal oriented person I raised the amount of walking to 10 miles per day. Between what I had done at home and the Y track I saw big changes. My weight now is around 165, my blood pressure is around 110/60. My cardiologist told me to cut back a little so I now do 8 miles 5 days per week. In 8 years of walking at the Y i have gone almost 12,000 miles. I now also wear a FitBit Versa watch and counting the Y I usually do between 25,000 and 40,000 steps every day. I got rid of all my large clothing and now wear medium only. I feel so much better and I express that to everyone I talk to. Everyday I give inspirational talks to people that ask me how did I do it. Sorry it’s so long but it was a long story. I know that I am healthier than I have ever been. Yes Hillsopple PA Yes Digital Member YMCA No Image Available
01/30/2019 Marlene Powerlifter I have always been active - lifting weights, walking, stretching, etc. Last year my son, who is a personal trainer, suggested that I might want to try raw powerlifting. At first I laughed. After all, I'm 78 years old!!! I joined a powerlifting club, and he started training me in December 2017. I entered two events - the strict curl and the deadlift in my age and weight category. The competition was held in March 2018 and much to my surprise, I set the world record in the strict curl at 33 pounds and also in the deadlift at 150 pounds - more than I weigh. This year I decided to enter again and add the bench press to my events. I am now pressing more than the world record and hope to surpass it in March 2019. Keep tuned for the results in March. I have always been active - lifting weights, walking, stretching, etc. Last year my son, who is a personal trainer, suggested that I might want to try raw powerlifting. At first I laughed. After all, I'm 78 years old!!! I joined a powerlifting club, and he started training me in December 2017. I entered two events - the strict curl and the deadlift in my age and weight category. The competition was held in March 2018 and much to my surprise, I set the world record in the strict curl at 33 pounds and also in the deadlift at 150 pounds - more than I weigh. This year I decided to enter again and add the bench press to my events. I am now pressing more than the world record and hope to surpass it in March 2019. Keep tuned for the results in March. Yes Gainesville VA Yes Aetna Digital Member No Image Available
01/19/2019 Cherie Getting Healthy My diagnosis of severe osteoporosis shocked me into improving my health. I’ve been weight training and I love it! My gym is my sanctuary and stress reliever! I’m 70, a registered nurse and still working two days a week. Life is so good! My diagnosis of severe osteoporosis shocked me into improving my health. I’ve been weight training and I love it! My gym is my sanctuary and stress reliever! I’m 70, a registered nurse and still working two days a week. Life is so good! Yes West Monroe LA Yes Vantage Health Plan Digital Member Anytime Fitness North 7th WM
01/22/2019 Dorothy Find my new me Signed up at the Y in Monongahela, PA. They have a great weight room. But I really don’t feel welcome, comment was made that they don’t want people like me there. I hope that don’t (sic) mean that SilverSneakers are not wanted. For myself I need a place that is close to me to work on my lungs. With my COPD, I need to work out because all I do is sit on the couch. Here’s to the new me. Signed up at the Y in Monongahela, PA. They have a great weight room. But I really don’t feel welcome, comment was made that they don’t want people like me there. I hope that don’t (sic) mean that SilverSneakers are not wanted. For myself I need a place that is close to me to work on my lungs. With my COPD, I need to work out because all I do is sit on the couch. Here’s to the new me. Yes Donora PA Yes Digital Member Y Monongahela No Image Available
01/18/2019 Mary SilverSneakers – A Healthier Me I first started using SilverSneakers to rehab my right knee replacement in 2015. I found out that a local retirement facility had the best place for me to go. They have a beautiful pool and a gym. After 3 years in the pool, and a visit to my heart doctor, he suggested I do cardio! This was the best idea!!! I now go to the gym at least 3 times a week (I do miss occasionally due to appts.) and I love it!!! The past year in the gym has had the best results on my health reports!!! I do not have to have my carotids checked every year now - just every two. Thanks to SilverSneakers, I am enjoying life, and feeling better every day!!! I am not as tired as before!!! I first started using SilverSneakers to rehab my right knee replacement in 2015. I found out that a local retirement facility had the best place for me to go. They have a beautiful pool and a gym. After 3 years in the pool, and a visit to my heart doctor, he suggested I do cardio! This was the best idea!!! I now go to the gym at least 3 times a week (I do miss occasionally due to appts.) and I love it!!! The past year in the gym has had the best results on my health reports!!! I do not have to have my carotids checked every year now - just every two. Thanks to SilverSneakers, I am enjoying life, and feeling better every day!!! I am not as tired as before!!! Yes Mechanicsburg PA Yes Health Options Program Digital Member Bethany Retirement Mechanicsburg No Image Available
01/18/2019 Mary I take charge of my Parkinson’s I was misdiagnosed with MS [multiple sclerosis] for 25 years, but benefited in staying healthy through yoga, hydrotherapy and the social support of others with chronic conditions. In 2008 I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The Parkinson's Association sponsored several classes for people like me. First I learned how to stand up from a chair without pushing on the arms of the chair. Next they taught me how to get up from the floor when I fell. Most beneficial was learning how to walk (I never before walked with opposite arm/oposite leg). I learned to put heel first and toe with opposite arm and leg. It took me two years of practice, but today I can walk 5-10 miles correctly without falling! I have taken many other classes, but most fun was one where all we did was laugh! FUN! I was misdiagnosed with MS [multiple sclerosis] for 25 years, but benefited in staying healthy through yoga, hydrotherapy and the social support of others with chronic conditions. In 2008 I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The Parkinson's Association sponsored several classes for people like me. First I learned how to stand up from a chair without pushing on the arms of the chair. Next they taught me how to get up from the floor when I fell. Most beneficial was learning how to walk (I never before walked with opposite arm/oposite leg). I learned to put heel first and toe with opposite arm and leg. It took me two years of practice, but today I can walk 5-10 miles correctly without falling! I have taken many other classes, but most fun was one where all we did was laugh! FUN! Yes Denver CO Yes AARP Digital Member Schlessman YMCA, Glendale YMCA
01/16/2019 Lloyd Active I have been active my entire life. I played baseball in various leagues and locations till I was 75. I also cut lots of wood for us and for friends. I also am an active gardener. I have been active my entire life. I played baseball in various leagues and locations till I was 75. I also cut lots of wood for us and for friends. I also am an active gardener. Yes Clitherall MN Yes Digital Member Fergus Falls, MN No Image Available
01/15/2019 Melvin Dean Still going at 71 I do aqua therapy and [attend] Planet Fitness. It breaks up that arthritis and gives me new strength, prolonging my health and making my life better. I do aqua therapy and [attend] Planet Fitness. It breaks up that arthritis and gives me new strength, prolonging my health and making my life better. Yes Hamilton OH Yes Humana Digital Member Planet Fitness
01/11/2019 Alexandra (Sandy) Moving is the answer I am 80 years old, take no meds and am healthy. I’ve needed physical fitness activities all my life. In my youth I played softball and basketball. Raising children I was not in organized sports but missed it and began tennis lessons and then Jazzercise. I returned to school and managed to fit in an aerobics class. I’m now in SilverSneakers classes thanks to my health insurance. My weight is a challenge and I’m in a weight loss non-profit chapter of TOPS. I just subscribed to the SilverSneakers newsletter and am happy to see the Cooking for One recipes because planning meals is a problem. Just as the initiative to exercise on my own is a challenge, so is meal planning. I am grateful for group SilverSneakers classes and now I plan to use the meal planning ideas in the newsletter. I believe the investment in fitness for seniors by insurance companies is encouraging the elderly to be healthy and active. It also addresses the obesity problem which is so costly for people of all ages in the U.S. I am 80 years old, take no meds and am healthy. I’ve needed physical fitness activities all my life. In my youth I played softball and basketball. Raising children I was not in organized sports but missed it and began tennis lessons and then Jazzercise. I returned to school and managed to fit in an aerobics class. I’m now in SilverSneakers classes thanks to my health insurance. My weight is a challenge and I’m in a weight loss non-profit chapter of TOPS. I just subscribed to the SilverSneakers newsletter and am happy to see the Cooking for One recipes because planning meals is a problem. Just as the initiative to exercise on my own is a challenge, so is meal planning. I am grateful for group SilverSneakers classes and now I plan to use the meal planning ideas in the newsletter. I believe the investment in fitness for seniors by insurance companies is encouraging the elderly to be healthy and active. It also addresses the obesity problem which is so costly for people of all ages in the U.S. Yes San Clemente CA Yes Anthem Blue Cross Calfornia Digital Member San Clemente CA No Image Available
01/10/2019 Carole The dreaded word: Exercise I'm a 66 year old female. I didn't participate in any physical activity while growing up. I don't "feel" good after exercise. Now I know I should do something, but where, how do you start? I can't afford a personal trainer. It's very sad. I'm a 66 year old female. I didn't participate in any physical activity while growing up. I don't "feel" good after exercise. Now I know I should do something, but where, how do you start? I can't afford a personal trainer. It's very sad. Yes Houston TX Yes Aetna Digital Member None right now No Image Available
01/10/2019 Audrey Back into the groove of things I had no idea that my insurance would pay for my gym membership. For finance reasons I have put it off. It's been 3 weeks since starting at Planet Fitness. Unfortunately all I can do is treadmill and recumbent bike due to my back and neck fusion. My SI Joint still causes pain, however with some biofreeze and other stuff I push through. I feel so good when I get finished. I do three miles total on bike and treadmill combined and am soaking wet when finished. Won't weigh in until next month, but can tell in certain areas it's working. I had no idea that my insurance would pay for my gym membership. For finance reasons I have put it off. It's been 3 weeks since starting at Planet Fitness. Unfortunately all I can do is treadmill and recumbent bike due to my back and neck fusion. My SI Joint still causes pain, however with some biofreeze and other stuff I push through. I feel so good when I get finished. I do three miles total on bike and treadmill combined and am soaking wet when finished. Won't weigh in until next month, but can tell in certain areas it's working. Yes Frankfort KY Yes Humana Digital Member Frankfort No Image Available
01/10/2019 Donald Weight loss In January of 2018 I was at 326 pounds and I was always feeling bad about myself being overweight, feeling tired all the time, so I said to myself its time to do something about it. So I joined JAC and now I am at 270 pounds and my goal right now is to lose 50 more pounds and to keep it all off. JAC has the best most kind people that care for us seniors, and so I am 72 and in good health once again. Thank you, SilverSneakers. In January of 2018 I was at 326 pounds and I was always feeling bad about myself being overweight, feeling tired all the time, so I said to myself its time to do something about it. So I joined JAC and now I am at 270 pounds and my goal right now is to lose 50 more pounds and to keep it all off. JAC has the best most kind people that care for us seniors, and so I am 72 and in good health once again. Thank you, SilverSneakers. Yes Janesville WI Yes Independent Care Health Plan/iCare CHP Digital Member JAC Janesville Wi. 53546 No Image Available
01/09/2019 Renee Help I was attending a yoga class at the Fullerton Community Center. And was enjoying the exercise. But I just found out that SilverSneakers, is no longer [accepted at] the Fullerton Community Center. I am very disappointed. Please add this center back on the list! I was attending a yoga class at the Fullerton Community Center. And was enjoying the exercise. But I just found out that SilverSneakers, is no longer [accepted at] the Fullerton Community Center. I am very disappointed. Please add this center back on the list! Yes Anaheim CA Yes Anthem Blue Cross Calfornia Digital Member Fullerton Community Center No Image Available
01/09/2019 Liza Balance I have a vestibular balance disorder. I did yoga for over 20 years and am now looking for a seated yoga class in my area. I tried your seated class, but it was an exercise class and not a yoga class. I’d love any help you could give me. Many thanks. I have a vestibular balance disorder. I did yoga for over 20 years and am now looking for a seated yoga class in my area. I tried your seated class, but it was an exercise class and not a yoga class. I’d love any help you could give me. Many thanks. Yes Studio City CA Yes Digital Member No Image Available
01/09/2019 Susan As a longtime AARP member As a longtime AARP member I continue to be disappointed that the SilverSneakers program is not available to residents of New York state. I frequently travel out of state and try to take advantage of gym facilities wherever I am. Most gyms make their facilities available to SilverSneakers members at no cost ... but not to those residing in New York state. Can you tell me why? As a longtime AARP member I continue to be disappointed that the SilverSneakers program is not available to residents of New York state. I frequently travel out of state and try to take advantage of gym facilities wherever I am. Most gyms make their facilities available to SilverSneakers members at no cost ... but not to those residing in New York state. Can you tell me why? Yes Yes Digital Member No Image Available
01/09/2019 Kalayanee Changing Health Insurance SilverSneakers has helped me maintain good health. I am 75 years old and have been with my plan for 7 years. I can drive long distance (6-8 hours) without feeling tired or sick. I don't have high blood pressure nor diabetes. I'm lucky for that. Now I've changed health insurance because they canceled SilverSneakers plan just recently. They should see they pay much less than hospitals, doctors and medications bills. I am grateful to have this plan. SilverSneakers has helped me maintain good health. I am 75 years old and have been with my plan for 7 years. I can drive long distance (6-8 hours) without feeling tired or sick. I don't have high blood pressure nor diabetes. I'm lucky for that. Now I've changed health insurance because they canceled SilverSneakers plan just recently. They should see they pay much less than hospitals, doctors and medications bills. I am grateful to have this plan. Yes Yes Digital Member No Image Available
01/09/2019 Vicky The older I get the better I feel I just retired and want to stay active so joining a fitness club will allow me a variety of activities, and I am able to go at my own pace. I hope to prevent any health issues and joint pain and discomfort which comes with getting older. I just retired and want to stay active so joining a fitness club will allow me a variety of activities, and I am able to go at my own pace. I hope to prevent any health issues and joint pain and discomfort which comes with getting older. Yes Cudahy WI Yes Aetna Digital Member 27th College Ave No Image Available
01/09/2019 Stafford Revvin’ Up to Bring it Down What goals should someone approaching 74 years old, is six feet and 232 pounds have for the new year? Probably a lot. But mine is fairly simple; losing at least 12 pounds. I live in Gary, Indiana (Yes, that Gary!), bordering the Indiana Dunes and about 10 minutes from the magnificent beach of Lake Michigan. I walk four miles daily at 5:30 a.m. on the beach, even in winter, except if the temperature is below 15 degrees. This sojourn takes about an hour and a half because I spend half an hour exercising at a secluded spot on the beach. Upon returning home, I change and head for the tennis court four days weekly at 7:30; indoors in cold weather, outdoors in good. I play outdoors at high school courts and indoors at the Hudson-Campbell Fitness Center, which is a member of the SilverSneakers organization. I then return at 2 p.m. for another two hours of tennis. I know you'd think with all that I'm a skinny dude but at six feet, 232, I'm not huge but certainly not skinny. However, I feel as though there's a thinner person trying to come forth and bringing him out is my goal. It might not seem an overly ambitious undertaking but, regardless of my wife's admonitions, I'm a sweets eater. I'm starting to feel little arthritic twinges in my left knee. I'm on blood pressure and cholesterol medications and have macular degeneration. Otherwise I'm okay. Ha. Ha! My wife, Marjorie, tries to ensure I eat healthy food, aside from my snacking (I know, I know.) and otherwise makes sure I'm okay. Ahh, wives. What would some husbands do without them? I know she's a treasure but would really like to know how I'd feel without those extra pounds. What goals should someone approaching 74 years old, is six feet and 232 pounds have for the new year? Probably a lot. But mine is fairly simple; losing at least 12 pounds. I live in Gary, Indiana (Yes, that Gary!), bordering the Indiana Dunes and about 10 minutes from the magnificent beach of Lake Michigan. I walk four miles daily at 5:30 a.m. on the beach, even in winter, except if the temperature is below 15 degrees. This sojourn takes about an hour and a half because I spend half an hour exercising at a secluded spot on the beach. Upon returning home, I change and head for the tennis court four days weekly at 7:30; indoors in cold weather, outdoors in good. I play outdoors at high school courts and indoors at the Hudson-Campbell Fitness Center, which is a member of the SilverSneakers organization. I then return at 2 p.m. for another two hours of tennis. I know you'd think with all that I'm a skinny dude but at six feet, 232, I'm not huge but certainly not skinny. However, I feel as though there's a thinner person trying to come forth and bringing him out is my goal. It might not seem an overly ambitious undertaking but, regardless of my wife's admonitions, I'm a sweets eater. I'm starting to feel little arthritic twinges in my left knee. I'm on blood pressure and cholesterol medications and have macular degeneration. Otherwise I'm okay. Ha. Ha! My wife, Marjorie, tries to ensure I eat healthy food, aside from my snacking (I know, I know.) and otherwise makes sure I'm okay. Ahh, wives. What would some husbands do without them? I know she's a treasure but would really like to know how I'd feel without those extra pounds. Yes Gary IN Yes Humana Digital Member Hudson-Campbell Fitness Center, Gart IN No Image Available
01/09/2019 Karen We loved SilverSneakers in Seattle Kaiser Permanente will not support SilverSneakers here in Yakima. We loved the program in Seattle, but I suppose Kaiser has decided that we in the "sticks" don't deserve the same opportunity. Kaiser Permanente will not support SilverSneakers here in Yakima. We loved the program in Seattle, but I suppose Kaiser has decided that we in the "sticks" don't deserve the same opportunity. Yes Yakima WA Yes Kaiser Permanente Digital Member None at the moment because Kaiser Permanente will not support us here in Yakima. No Image Available
01/09/2019 Sharon Just beginning my SilverSneakers journey I have been on my weight loss program for about 10 months losing 25 pounds. I have a treadmill at home but have not been consistent so having the SilverSneakers program available to me will give me what I need to be consistent in improving my health for the long term. I need accountability and attending a gym on a regular basis will help me to maintain and improve my lifestyle change. It’s top priority for me to be well for myself and to be able to take care of my family. Small steps turn into big results. I have been on my weight loss program for about 10 months losing 25 pounds. I have a treadmill at home but have not been consistent so having the SilverSneakers program available to me will give me what I need to be consistent in improving my health for the long term. I need accountability and attending a gym on a regular basis will help me to maintain and improve my lifestyle change. It’s top priority for me to be well for myself and to be able to take care of my family. Small steps turn into big results. Yes Red Lion PA Yes Aetna Digital Member Crunch Fitness No Image Available
01/09/2019 Brenda Cancelled My SilverSneakers membership was canceled. I was not notified and I was upset because I did use my membership. I sure would like to get it back next year. Thanks. My SilverSneakers membership was canceled. I was not notified and I was upset because I did use my membership. I sure would like to get it back next year. Thanks. Yes Dayton OH Yes AARP Digital Member Belmont pool at the lahrey No Image Available
01/09/2019 Lawrence Exercise What has working out taught me? I have been in a senior exercise class for 2+ years now at our local Norpoint Center. Both a low impact spin class and a one hour exercise class. What I notice most is I have no more joint pain and walking endurance has improved tremendously. Those days that I exercise I typically have over 10k steps a day. This is an activity I will continue, nonstop! What has working out taught me? I have been in a senior exercise class for 2+ years now at our local Norpoint Center. Both a low impact spin class and a one hour exercise class. What I notice most is I have no more joint pain and walking endurance has improved tremendously. Those days that I exercise I typically have over 10k steps a day. This is an activity I will continue, nonstop! Yes Tacoma WA Yes Aetna Digital Member Center at Norpoint No Image Available
01/09/2019 R B I was doing great With type 2 diabetes I was pushed to lose weight. Down from 290 to 250 I am now up to 260. Now I found out UnitedHealhcare dropped SilverSneakers, so I can’t go to my club without paying money I don’t have. Why did this happen? With type 2 diabetes I was pushed to lose weight. Down from 290 to 250 I am now up to 260. Now I found out UnitedHealhcare dropped SilverSneakers, so I can’t go to my club without paying money I don’t have. Why did this happen? Yes Yes UnitedHealthCare Digital Member No Image Available
01/09/2019 John My testimonial about UnitedHealthcare SilverSneakers was great and I'll be 70 next month and am very healthy. However UnitedHealth has raised my monthly payment and then cancels SilverSneakers in North Carolina. If I had paid attention more and knew SilverSneakers was being cancelled I would have gone to a different health provider before the deadline. Lesson learned. I will be going to another provider as soon as it is possible. SilverSneakers was great and I'll be 70 next month and am very healthy. However UnitedHealth has raised my monthly payment and then cancels SilverSneakers in North Carolina. If I had paid attention more and knew SilverSneakers was being cancelled I would have gone to a different health provider before the deadline. Lesson learned. I will be going to another provider as soon as it is possible. Yes Ocean Isle Beach NC No UnitedHealthCare Digital Member Was attending Body Edge, Ocean Isle Beach, NC No Image Available
01/09/2019 Lyndia Balance. Balance. Balance. By getting stronger stronger stronger I'm not fit. I fall down and cannot get up. I have had metastasized cancer lodged in my spine for three and one half years and I'm still kicking. I feel good physically most of the time, but I miss exercising! I'm not fit. I fall down and cannot get up. I have had metastasized cancer lodged in my spine for three and one half years and I'm still kicking. I feel good physically most of the time, but I miss exercising! Yes Yes Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Digital Member None No Image Available
01/09/2019 Gail Making a move to better health This year is going to make a big difference for me. Starting out by working on eating healthier, exercising and losing weight the right way. This past year I decided to have gastro sleeve in November which is only a tool to help me lose weight. The classes for nutrition opened my eyes and showed me what I have been doing wrong all these years. Following the guidelines have given me tools to achieve losing weight. I am already down 46 pounds in two months since surgery. Looking forward to seeing a new me. This year is going to make a big difference for me. Starting out by working on eating healthier, exercising and losing weight the right way. This past year I decided to have gastro sleeve in November which is only a tool to help me lose weight. The classes for nutrition opened my eyes and showed me what I have been doing wrong all these years. Following the guidelines have given me tools to achieve losing weight. I am already down 46 pounds in two months since surgery. Looking forward to seeing a new me. Yes Biloxi MS Yes Digital Member Biloxi, MS
01/09/2019 Leonard Get back in shape In my younger days, I was into Olympic-style weight lifting. Because of injuries, I had to scale back most of my adult life. In the last three years, my wife needed 24/7 care so I did not do much exercise. (poor excuse). She passed away several months ago and I am now working to build up my strength and overall fitness at Anytime Fitness. I am enjoying working out again. In my younger days, I was into Olympic-style weight lifting. Because of injuries, I had to scale back most of my adult life. In the last three years, my wife needed 24/7 care so I did not do much exercise. (poor excuse). She passed away several months ago and I am now working to build up my strength and overall fitness at Anytime Fitness. I am enjoying working out again. Yes Midway GA Yes AARP Digital Member Anytime Fitness No Image Available
01/09/2019 Becky Positive start I am so happy to have the benefits of the SilverSneakers program. I am working on daily routines that include classes at the YMCA and using my home gym equipment to improve balance, flexibility, strength and cardio. After dedicating 35 years to educating our young ones, it is good to have the opportunity to learn and grow personally. I am so happy to have the benefits of the SilverSneakers program. I am working on daily routines that include classes at the YMCA and using my home gym equipment to improve balance, flexibility, strength and cardio. After dedicating 35 years to educating our young ones, it is good to have the opportunity to learn and grow personally. Yes North Royalton OH Yes Aetna Digital Member North Royalton YMCA No Image Available
01/09/2019 Rebecca I really love SilverSneakers I really love the SilverSneakers program. You have taken it out of Florida and I can no longer attend a gym to work out. Please bring it back!! I really love the SilverSneakers program. You have taken it out of Florida and I can no longer attend a gym to work out. Please bring it back!! Yes Groveland FL Yes United HealthCare Digital Member Anytime Fitness No Image Available
01/09/2019 Barbara More Yoga I started a SilverSneakers yoga class at the Y with my free membership. I am now doing yoga several times a week. I take two-three classes at the Y and work out at home. It’s amazing how my body has changed. More yoga in 2019! I started a SilverSneakers yoga class at the Y with my free membership. I am now doing yoga several times a week. I take two-three classes at the Y and work out at home. It’s amazing how my body has changed. More yoga in 2019! Yes Nashville TN Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield Tennessee Digital Member East Nashville Y No Image Available
01/09/2019 Ryan Staying fit I love working out, lifting weights and walking. It makes me feel so much better knowing that I'm doing good things for myself both mentally and physically. Lifting weights keeps me strong and also keeps my body and skin toned. I also enjoy the sauna and swimming pool they have also. I love working out, lifting weights and walking. It makes me feel so much better knowing that I'm doing good things for myself both mentally and physically. Lifting weights keeps me strong and also keeps my body and skin toned. I also enjoy the sauna and swimming pool they have also. Yes Union KY Yes Humana Digital Member LA Fitness in Florence, KY No Image Available
01/07/2019 Judith From Couch Potato to Kettlebell Swinger and Zumba Fanatic As soon as I was eligible for Medicare, I signed up for an Advantage Plan that included SilverSneakers. I had no idea what this would mean for my health and fitness. I joined a local YWCA and was in Zumba and yoga classes. When I wanted to add more classes, I joined a second gym and was working out at both locations when the JCC offered a beginning Strong First kettlebell class. I knew I needed to add weights to my workout, and it sounded interesting. Fast forward five years and I now belong to three different gyms and each one offers something essential that I would not get from just one location, and I don’t even do the SilverSneakers classes. When Medicare enrollment comes up, the first thing I check is SilverSneakers. Plans without it get crossed off and then I do my other comparisons. I believe that my fitness routine has kept me healthy and active (which I was not when I was younger) and the cost of gym memberships on your own can be a real barrier for seniors. On the days that I want to curl up on the couch, those classes and the friends I have made get me out and moving. Yep, SilverSneakers changed my life. Don’t settle for copycat programs. Tell your insurer that you want the real deal, and vote with your wallet. As soon as I was eligible for Medicare, I signed up for an Advantage Plan that included SilverSneakers. I had no idea what this would mean for my health and fitness. I joined a local YWCA and was in Zumba and yoga classes. When I wanted to add more classes, I joined a second gym and was working out at both locations when the JCC offered a beginning Strong First kettlebell class. I knew I needed to add weights to my workout, and it sounded interesting. Fast forward five years and I now belong to three different gyms and each one offers something essential that I would not get from just one location, and I don’t even do the SilverSneakers classes. When Medicare enrollment comes up, the first thing I check is SilverSneakers. Plans without it get crossed off and then I do my other comparisons. I believe that my fitness routine has kept me healthy and active (which I was not when I was younger) and the cost of gym memberships on your own can be a real barrier for seniors. On the days that I want to curl up on the couch, those classes and the friends I have made get me out and moving. Yep, SilverSneakers changed my life. Don’t settle for copycat programs. Tell your insurer that you want the real deal, and vote with your wallet. Yes Minneapolis MN No UCare Digital Member Eagan Community Center, Inver Grove Fitness Center, St Paul JCC
01/06/2019 Joyce Working out I joined the YMCA to work out three times a week. It really helped me this year with my health. I ended up with pneumonia over the holidays and in the hospital. Now AARP/UHC has taken that away from me. I’m 77 and on a fixed income. How do you think that is helping your seniors.? Maybe $18.50 a month isn’t much to you but it makes a big difference in my budget. So really you're failing with our health care. I joined the YMCA to work out three times a week. It really helped me this year with my health. I ended up with pneumonia over the holidays and in the hospital. Now AARP/UHC has taken that away from me. I’m 77 and on a fixed income. How do you think that is helping your seniors.? Maybe $18.50 a month isn’t much to you but it makes a big difference in my budget. So really you're failing with our health care. Yes Perrysburg OH Yes AARP Digital Member The Y Perrysburg, Ohio
01/05/2019 Rosemarie SilverSneakers is there for seniors I don't have a story to tell with the success of a facility attended for improvement on my own health story. But, I have friends who do. My story is about knowing the program is there for seniors to participate in activity for both physical, social and mental health which helps many who cannot afford much. My story is about being a care giver, losing my Mom and getting sick in the process. My Mother passed a few months back and I have been seeing doctors trying to get to the bottom of what is going on with me so I can finally go to SilverSneaker activities. My income is low and this is giving me something to look forward to, to enjoy a social activity, be physically helpful and around others. THANK YOU SILIVERSNEAKERS IN OHIO. I don't have a story to tell with the success of a facility attended for improvement on my own health story. But, I have friends who do. My story is about knowing the program is there for seniors to participate in activity for both physical, social and mental health which helps many who cannot afford much. My story is about being a care giver, losing my Mom and getting sick in the process. My Mother passed a few months back and I have been seeing doctors trying to get to the bottom of what is going on with me so I can finally go to SilverSneaker activities. My income is low and this is giving me something to look forward to, to enjoy a social activity, be physically helpful and around others. THANK YOU SILIVERSNEAKERS IN OHIO. Yes Cuyahoga Falls OH Yes Humana Digital Member Natatorium Cuyahoga Falls OH No Image Available
01/03/2019 Monica What a start! So I'm told by my doctor (just joined her practice and VERY glad I did) that I had to start exercising. My carrier informs me about the SilverSneakers perk....so, grudgingly, I call. You have to understand that, to me at least, retirement equals a beach umbrella, a sunny day and a dirty martini...yay! Nope, I have to exercise I'm told. I get connected to a young man named Bill at SilverSneakers. By the time the phone call was over, this young man had me ready to run to my nearest gym! He understood, supported and motivated me to start getting healthy. If he is any example/indication of what lies ahead in my fitness quest, I'm in for the healthiest life ever! Thank you, Bill. So I'm told by my doctor (just joined her practice and VERY glad I did) that I had to start exercising. My carrier informs me about the SilverSneakers perk....so, grudgingly, I call. You have to understand that, to me at least, retirement equals a beach umbrella, a sunny day and a dirty martini...yay! Nope, I have to exercise I'm told. I get connected to a young man named Bill at SilverSneakers. By the time the phone call was over, this young man had me ready to run to my nearest gym! He understood, supported and motivated me to start getting healthy. If he is any example/indication of what lies ahead in my fitness quest, I'm in for the healthiest life ever! Thank you, Bill. Yes Oceanside NY Yes Humana Digital Member New York Sports Club No Image Available
01/03/2019 Nick No more coverage I have enjoyed going to the MARC facilities in Park City every other day for the last year. This was all free through SilverSneakers and United Health/AARP. I was notified in October that this facility would no longer be available with my current health plan. Lengthy phone calls to United Health/AARP were unrewarding. I now pay for my own gym membership. Insurance companies seem to be making please try (sic.) of money. I sure wish my situation had not been targeted for cost saving. I have enjoyed going to the MARC facilities in Park City every other day for the last year. This was all free through SilverSneakers and United Health/AARP. I was notified in October that this facility would no longer be available with my current health plan. Lengthy phone calls to United Health/AARP were unrewarding. I now pay for my own gym membership. Insurance companies seem to be making please try (sic.) of money. I sure wish my situation had not been targeted for cost saving. Yes Park City UT Yes United HealthCare Digital Member PC MARC No Image Available
01/02/2019 Ronald SilverSneakers = a great benefit I would consider a membership to the local gym through the SilverSneakers program a great asset. An opportunity to exercise when you know the need to do something about one's health is an important topic. Just 20 to 30 minutes a day can make a difference. This is a positive development without having to use drugs or other means to do what can be done in the gym. The worst thing that can happen without exercise is the body becomes weaker over time, which opens the door to allow illnesses to happen more easily. Thank you SilverSneakers I would consider a membership to the local gym through the SilverSneakers program a great asset. An opportunity to exercise when you know the need to do something about one's health is an important topic. Just 20 to 30 minutes a day can make a difference. This is a positive development without having to use drugs or other means to do what can be done in the gym. The worst thing that can happen without exercise is the body becomes weaker over time, which opens the door to allow illnesses to happen more easily. Thank you SilverSneakers Yes Pittsburgh PA Yes Highmark Digital Member Fitness 19 Grove Road No Image Available
01/01/2019 Lois No aqua programs for seniors in my area I used to go to the local YMCA and enjoyed better health and socializing with friends made there. Then my health insurance switched me to SilverSneakers and the YMCAs in Hawaii do not agree with SilverSneakers policy of exclusively SilverSneakers participants in classes their clients participate in. Stupid. They pay per person, not per class. I have hip and disc problems and would love to attend the water classes I used to and am not as motivated by machines and Zumba. They argue that I could attend a water class 45 minutes across and out of the city! How about get over yourself and allow seniors like me to benefit from our local YMCA aqua programs. It's the YMCA! Who's being unreasonable here? I used to go to the local YMCA and enjoyed better health and socializing with friends made there. Then my health insurance switched me to SilverSneakers and the YMCAs in Hawaii do not agree with SilverSneakers policy of exclusively SilverSneakers participants in classes their clients participate in. Stupid. They pay per person, not per class. I have hip and disc problems and would love to attend the water classes I used to and am not as motivated by machines and Zumba. They argue that I could attend a water class 45 minutes across and out of the city! How about get over yourself and allow seniors like me to benefit from our local YMCA aqua programs. It's the YMCA! Who's being unreasonable here? Yes Honlulu HI No Aetna Digital Member 24 Hr. Fitness Kapiolani no pool No Image Available
12/28/2018 Bruce Exercise and new friends We moved from Pennsylvania to North Carolina to be near our grandchildren this year and abandoned all of our old friends in doing so. Through the SilverSneakers program, we not only continue to maintain ourselves physically, but we have met a whole new set of fine folks that share a great deal in common with us, here in our new location. We moved from Pennsylvania to North Carolina to be near our grandchildren this year and abandoned all of our old friends in doing so. Through the SilverSneakers program, we not only continue to maintain ourselves physically, but we have met a whole new set of fine folks that share a great deal in common with us, here in our new location. Yes Charlotte NC Yes Aetna Digital Member Cornwell
12/27/2018 Trish I was doing great I was getting stronger. [I had] 3 back surgeries. Metal in my back. Doctor said I'd could end up in wheelchair. So I joined Planet Fitness thanks to SilverSneakers and United Health Care. But then I hear on news that there will be no more SilverSneakers. I'm on disability and can't afford a gym membership. So much for care for the elderly and disabled. I was getting stronger. [I had] 3 back surgeries. Metal in my back. Doctor said I'd could end up in wheelchair. So I joined Planet Fitness thanks to SilverSneakers and United Health Care. But then I hear on news that there will be no more SilverSneakers. I'm on disability and can't afford a gym membership. So much for care for the elderly and disabled. Yes BLOOMINGTON IL Yes Digital Member Planet fitness Bloomington. Illinois No Image Available
12/27/2018 Tammy I now feel great! I have degenerative disks, from my lower lumbar to the top of my neck. I started out just walking every other day then I gradually went everyday. Then I started walking longer. I still have to rest every so often. It took me about 3 months to get where I am. I now walk everyday and I can walk up to 8,000 [steps] or more a day. I rest on the weekends. I drink at least four bottles of water a day. On the weekends I allow myself to drink two cans of soda. I now go to The Recreational Link to swim in an indoor pool with SilverSneakers two times a week. I use a app on my phone called "Google Fit." It counts my steps, my every move I make. And the app is free. It can tell me how many calories I burn, move minutes and heart points [rate]. You can set a goal for anything. It also has your weight on the app. I just recently started going to a gym with SilverSneakers. I go two times a week. I'm getting stronger and stronger. And I take less and less pain medicine. I feel so much healthier than I did before. So I want to thank SilverSneakers for the membership! I have degenerative disks, from my lower lumbar to the top of my neck. I started out just walking every other day then I gradually went everyday. Then I started walking longer. I still have to rest every so often. It took me about 3 months to get where I am. I now walk everyday and I can walk up to 8,000 [steps] or more a day. I rest on the weekends. I drink at least four bottles of water a day. On the weekends I allow myself to drink two cans of soda. I now go to The Recreational Link to swim in an indoor pool with SilverSneakers two times a week. I use a app on my phone called "Google Fit." It counts my steps, my every move I make. And the app is free. It can tell me how many calories I burn, move minutes and heart points [rate]. You can set a goal for anything. It also has your weight on the app. I just recently started going to a gym with SilverSneakers. I go two times a week. I'm getting stronger and stronger. And I take less and less pain medicine. I feel so much healthier than I did before. So I want to thank SilverSneakers for the membership! Yes Lakewood CO Yes AARP Digital Member The Link Recreations
12/27/2018 Virginia Finish Strong I have exercised all my life, even taking P.E. classes in college. The main exercise I had done the past 20 years or so was walking at least two miles daily. I could not shake those 10 to 15 pounds I wanted to get rid of without drastic dieting...until I started at Curves almost a year ago. Since then I’ve lost 15 pounds and now maintain my weight by going three mornings a week and still walking outside or on the treadmill on my off days. Love wearing skinny jeans instead of relaxed fit! I have exercised all my life, even taking P.E. classes in college. The main exercise I had done the past 20 years or so was walking at least two miles daily. I could not shake those 10 to 15 pounds I wanted to get rid of without drastic dieting...until I started at Curves almost a year ago. Since then I’ve lost 15 pounds and now maintain my weight by going three mornings a week and still walking outside or on the treadmill on my off days. Love wearing skinny jeans instead of relaxed fit! Yes Redding CA Yes Anthem Blue Cross Calfornia Digital Member Curves Redding, CA No Image Available
12/27/2018 Annemarie Love to work out I have been working out since 1976. I love SilverSneakers. I go to 3 workouts at my local gym every week. I started SilverSneakers classes in September of 2015, when I changed jobs to a part-time one. I have made friends, stayed in shape and love the classes! I also go to 2 regular Zumba classes through our local recreation classes. Love those classes, too! AND I can keep up with all the participants!! I have been working out since 1976. I love SilverSneakers. I go to 3 workouts at my local gym every week. I started SilverSneakers classes in September of 2015, when I changed jobs to a part-time one. I have made friends, stayed in shape and love the classes! I also go to 2 regular Zumba classes through our local recreation classes. Love those classes, too! AND I can keep up with all the participants!! Yes St. Francis WI Yes Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Digital Member Anytime Fitness in Cudahy, WI No Image Available
12/27/2018 Timothy Move It or Lose It!!! SilverSneakers is a blessing especially for seniors on a fixed income who otherwise could not afford a health club membership! I'm now a very fit and active 73 year old. I went from a 36" waist to a 32" waist and have added muscle and strength! It also has the benefit of getting me out of the house and socializing with other people. A win-win for everyone! SilverSneakers is a blessing especially for seniors on a fixed income who otherwise could not afford a health club membership! I'm now a very fit and active 73 year old. I went from a 36" waist to a 32" waist and have added muscle and strength! It also has the benefit of getting me out of the house and socializing with other people. A win-win for everyone! Yes Plainfield IL Yes AARP Digital Member LA Fitness
12/27/2018 Larry Exercise regiment I had a valve replacement last February. It took about six weeks before I could return to my SilverSneakers exercise program. But, since then I have been faithful to go from three to five times per week. I do believe the exercise that I have attained through SilverSneakers has allowed me to rebound from my surgery much quicker. I am active, have a positive attitude, and enjoy my friends that I have met at my exercise class. I had a valve replacement last February. It took about six weeks before I could return to my SilverSneakers exercise program. But, since then I have been faithful to go from three to five times per week. I do believe the exercise that I have attained through SilverSneakers has allowed me to rebound from my surgery much quicker. I am active, have a positive attitude, and enjoy my friends that I have met at my exercise class. Yes Tyler TX Yes Humana Digital Member Milestone No Image Available
12/27/2018 Cheryl Hospital and sick for 3 months I have chronic back pain & depression. When I wasn't sick I went to get shots for my back and they helped a lot. I had physcial therapy and went to a gym to work other parts of my body...slowly. Getting out of the house helped my depression and the exercise helped me with having more energy to do more at home. In October I got sick with C-Diff and had it 3 times ....I still haven't got back to where I was. I have to quit the gym (I haven't been) we have have been paying for and can't afford it any longer. I don't understand Tivity Health and Blue Cross Federal. I have chronic back pain & depression. When I wasn't sick I went to get shots for my back and they helped a lot. I had physcial therapy and went to a gym to work other parts of my body...slowly. Getting out of the house helped my depression and the exercise helped me with having more energy to do more at home. In October I got sick with C-Diff and had it 3 times ....I still haven't got back to where I was. I have to quit the gym (I haven't been) we have have been paying for and can't afford it any longer. I don't understand Tivity Health and Blue Cross Federal. Yes Tampa FL Yes Blue 365 FEP Digital Member Crunch & LA Fitness No Image Available
12/27/2018 James Staying active The idea of staying active with all the other SilverSneakers [members] in the group exercises and meeting other people that are worse off than myself. Knowing that doing this 2 or 3 times a week can help the muscles gain strength. The idea of staying active with all the other SilverSneakers [members] in the group exercises and meeting other people that are worse off than myself. Knowing that doing this 2 or 3 times a week can help the muscles gain strength. Yes Dade City FL Yes Humana Digital Member Zephyrhills, Florida No Image Available
12/27/2018 Alfreda Get out there and do it You know all too well gaining is easy, but I need HELP!! To lose these last 25 pounds and being over 60 is the hardest ever. I need someone just to push me. And as my aunt keeps telling me walking is the FREE exercise it don't cost a thing just get out there and do it. You know all too well gaining is easy, but I need HELP!! To lose these last 25 pounds and being over 60 is the hardest ever. I need someone just to push me. And as my aunt keeps telling me walking is the FREE exercise it don't cost a thing just get out there and do it. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
12/27/2018 Nancy Support in re-joining the exercising community I have exercised in blocks of time on and off over a lifetime. In my 20s to late 30s it was running 3 miles/day and swimming in the summer working up to a mile. Then I started working and then going to school in addition to finished undergrad and go on to law school - and in those years, also raising 3 children, exercise did not happen on any regular basis. I worked long hours as an attorney - again sporadic running and about age 40 was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. I semi-retired to go through brutal chemo, surgeries and radiation, and finally in my years of recovery, started taking my dog for long walks. I resumed lawyering initially part-time at which point, the walks ceased when it became full-time, and I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. Exercise ceased for chemo and surgeries including abdominal reconstruction. I am getting back into a part-time schedule and have signed up with SilverSneakers because I think it will help provide the structure I need now to exercise. I know I can get in the groove and I love the sense of well-being that comes with exercise. However, when work interjects itself, I lose my drive to exercise - it prevails. My favorite part of SilverSneakers is that it will provide me with the people-interactive structure that will support me in re-joining the exercising community. I have exercised in blocks of time on and off over a lifetime. In my 20s to late 30s it was running 3 miles/day and swimming in the summer working up to a mile. Then I started working and then going to school in addition to finished undergrad and go on to law school - and in those years, also raising 3 children, exercise did not happen on any regular basis. I worked long hours as an attorney - again sporadic running and about age 40 was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. I semi-retired to go through brutal chemo, surgeries and radiation, and finally in my years of recovery, started taking my dog for long walks. I resumed lawyering initially part-time at which point, the walks ceased when it became full-time, and I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. Exercise ceased for chemo and surgeries including abdominal reconstruction. I am getting back into a part-time schedule and have signed up with SilverSneakers because I think it will help provide the structure I need now to exercise. I know I can get in the groove and I love the sense of well-being that comes with exercise. However, when work interjects itself, I lose my drive to exercise - it prevails. My favorite part of SilverSneakers is that it will provide me with the people-interactive structure that will support me in re-joining the exercising community. Yes Glendora CA Yes Anthem Blue Cross Calfornia Digital Member Have not yet
12/20/2018 David I love to run I’m a runner and will turn 69 next month. I average 120 miles per month running but it is really tough to do after a snow fall or ice storm. SilverSneakers helps me during those times by letting me go to the nearby facility and use the treadmill. I will also continue and even increase my strength training 3 or 4 days per week. Thanks SilverSneakers! I’m a runner and will turn 69 next month. I average 120 miles per month running but it is really tough to do after a snow fall or ice storm. SilverSneakers helps me during those times by letting me go to the nearby facility and use the treadmill. I will also continue and even increase my strength training 3 or 4 days per week. Thanks SilverSneakers! Yes Centerburg OH Yes Humana Digital Member Knox Community Hospital Wellness Center No Image Available
12/20/2018 Billie Second time a charm I retired a year ago after being a nurse for 41 years. I felt lost and unsure of who I was now. I knew I had to get out, so I joined a local gym. Unfortunately the trainer assigned to me had me do weightlifting of way too much weight. Within a few sessions I had a hip bursitis and an SI joint injury. I should have questioned her plan, but she did have a masters degree. So after 8 weeks of pain and PT sessions I was ready to try again. This time I went to a gym with a pool. I tried a water aerobics class and loved it. Now I go 2-3 times a week and absolutely love it. I have found an exercise I enjoy and is easy on the joints. Thank you SilverSneakers. I retired a year ago after being a nurse for 41 years. I felt lost and unsure of who I was now. I knew I had to get out, so I joined a local gym. Unfortunately the trainer assigned to me had me do weightlifting of way too much weight. Within a few sessions I had a hip bursitis and an SI joint injury. I should have questioned her plan, but she did have a masters degree. So after 8 weeks of pain and PT sessions I was ready to try again. This time I went to a gym with a pool. I tried a water aerobics class and loved it. Now I go 2-3 times a week and absolutely love it. I have found an exercise I enjoy and is easy on the joints. Thank you SilverSneakers. Yes Delmont PA Yes Coventry Digital Member Aerobic center of Greensburg No Image Available
12/19/2018 Kari One year and still going! I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 12 years ago. I participated in physical therapy and water exercises at the time, and it helped my ability to move immensely. I went from not getting out of the house to exercising 4-5 times a week. I stayed active, although I did cut back on self-care when I went back to work part-time (I am now on disability). Winters are tough in Indiana, so is rain, changing barometric pressure, you name it, it makes me hurt more! Three years ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was in a better climate (sunny California), so I was able to keep exercising and manage my pain for the most part. I moved back to Indiana, and the first year back was really rough. I did not get back to exercising until a year ago. I joined a local gym with help from SilverSneakers paying my membership. (I also had this benefit in California and used it at a gym there). I would not have been able to afford it otherwise. I pay a small amount extra every month to also get the benefit of the HydraMassage beds. It has changed my life! I use the weight machines and the stretching apparatus. I am more limber than I have been since high school! I have built enough muscle to keep me strong, help my core strength, and my balance. My body screams at me if I miss more than two days in a row. I have made great friends there, and several friends have also started going, they qualified for the SilverSneakers program and did not even know it! I sleep better, I have a better mood, and I really enjoy going. I still have really bad days, just not as many. I rest when I need to. This was the missing piece in my self-care, and I am so grateful to have this available to me! Thank you for helping my life and my pain so much more manageable. I do not take pain meds, and that is fabulous! I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 12 years ago. I participated in physical therapy and water exercises at the time, and it helped my ability to move immensely. I went from not getting out of the house to exercising 4-5 times a week. I stayed active, although I did cut back on self-care when I went back to work part-time (I am now on disability). Winters are tough in Indiana, so is rain, changing barometric pressure, you name it, it makes me hurt more! Three years ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was in a better climate (sunny California), so I was able to keep exercising and manage my pain for the most part. I moved back to Indiana, and the first year back was really rough. I did not get back to exercising until a year ago. I joined a local gym with help from SilverSneakers paying my membership. (I also had this benefit in California and used it at a gym there). I would not have been able to afford it otherwise. I pay a small amount extra every month to also get the benefit of the HydraMassage beds. It has changed my life! I use the weight machines and the stretching apparatus. I am more limber than I have been since high school! I have built enough muscle to keep me strong, help my core strength, and my balance. My body screams at me if I miss more than two days in a row. I have made great friends there, and several friends have also started going, they qualified for the SilverSneakers program and did not even know it! I sleep better, I have a better mood, and I really enjoy going. I still have really bad days, just not as many. I rest when I need to. This was the missing piece in my self-care, and I am so grateful to have this available to me! Thank you for helping my life and my pain so much more manageable. I do not take pain meds, and that is fabulous! Yes Greenfield IN Yes Humana Digital Member No Image Available
12/19/2018 Richard Coverage Loss I have been a member for one year but just received a letter from United Health Care stating they are dropping coverage. Too bad. I've really enjoyed going to the gym three times per week. I have been a member for one year but just received a letter from United Health Care stating they are dropping coverage. Too bad. I've really enjoyed going to the gym three times per week. Yes Yes Digital Member No Image Available
12/19/2018 Linda SilverSneakers in Arizona I am retired and still recovering from a major heart heart attack suffered a few years ago. I have been enjoying the SilverSneakers membership at the local fitness centers and have attended regularly. My health has improved and the SilverSneakers program at no cost has made it easy to afford when living under a limited budget. I have recently seen that SilverSneakers program will no longer apply in Arizona unless we pay a nominal cost at the gym. Needless to say, I am very disappointed and would like to know more about what led to this decision. It seems that we have been encouraged to stay active after retirement and now with an additional cost, we may have to sacrifice our fitness to eliminate the new expense of a fitness center!! Are there other options? Did I correctly understand the notice of cancellation in AZ? I am retired and still recovering from a major heart heart attack suffered a few years ago. I have been enjoying the SilverSneakers membership at the local fitness centers and have attended regularly. My health has improved and the SilverSneakers program at no cost has made it easy to afford when living under a limited budget. I have recently seen that SilverSneakers program will no longer apply in Arizona unless we pay a nominal cost at the gym. Needless to say, I am very disappointed and would like to know more about what led to this decision. It seems that we have been encouraged to stay active after retirement and now with an additional cost, we may have to sacrifice our fitness to eliminate the new expense of a fitness center!! Are there other options? Did I correctly understand the notice of cancellation in AZ? Yes Peoria AZ Yes United HealthCare Digital Member LA Fitness, EOS, Planet Fitness, Blast Fitness - various locations in AZ No Image Available
12/19/2018 Renee Walking Schedule for Beginners My problem is I do not have discipline as far as the exercise concern. I am very glad to be informed by SilverSneakers that a walking schedule for beginners is available. I printed out the schedule and follow the program and my discipline problem is gone! SilverSneakers does wonders to the elderly. I really appreciate it. Thank you. My problem is I do not have discipline as far as the exercise concern. I am very glad to be informed by SilverSneakers that a walking schedule for beginners is available. I printed out the schedule and follow the program and my discipline problem is gone! SilverSneakers does wonders to the elderly. I really appreciate it. Thank you. Yes Lisle IL Yes Humana Digital Member '4500' in Downers Grove, IL No Image Available
12/19/2018 Richard Upset about decision to take away SilverSneakers Upset about Ohio decision to take away for people on United Health Care. I use the Y 4 times a week to keep moving and stay out of doctors office. Get some balls and get it back for us I go to the north canton YMCA 4 days a week. That is how I keep moving and out of doctors offices. I am upset with the ruling for Ohio for people with United Health Care. Don’t the drug companies make enough money. They raise our rates and take away our benefits. Get some balls at your organization and change this situation. Upset about Ohio decision to take away for people on United Health Care. I use the Y 4 times a week to keep moving and stay out of doctors office. Get some balls and get it back for us I go to the north canton YMCA 4 days a week. That is how I keep moving and out of doctors offices. I am upset with the ruling for Ohio for people with United Health Care. Don’t the drug companies make enough money. They raise our rates and take away our benefits. Get some balls at your organization and change this situation. Yes North Canton OH Yes United HealthCare Digital Member North Canton YMCA No Image Available
12/19/2018 Steven Disappointed in United Healthcare SilverSneakers has led me to a regular exercise regimen that has greatly improved my lifestyle. Five days a week at the YMCA and at other clubs when I am away from home. I am extremely disappointed that United HealthCare has eliminated SilverSneakers as a benefit for AARP Medicare Supplemental Insurance in my area. Seems to me as that this action is counter productive and would increase their claim payouts. I found in an online blog that a UHC representative stated that 90% of our supplemental policy holders never step foot in a gym. No downside for UHC to eliminate SilverSneakers I guess. I am also disappointed in AARP for not pursuing this with UHC. I would appreciate any information you might have on why this decision was made. Also I would like to know why I cannot join SilverSneakers on my own. Thank you, SilverSneakers has led me to a regular exercise regimen that has greatly improved my lifestyle. Five days a week at the YMCA and at other clubs when I am away from home. I am extremely disappointed that United HealthCare has eliminated SilverSneakers as a benefit for AARP Medicare Supplemental Insurance in my area. Seems to me as that this action is counter productive and would increase their claim payouts. I found in an online blog that a UHC representative stated that 90% of our supplemental policy holders never step foot in a gym. No downside for UHC to eliminate SilverSneakers I guess. I am also disappointed in AARP for not pursuing this with UHC. I would appreciate any information you might have on why this decision was made. Also I would like to know why I cannot join SilverSneakers on my own. Thank you, Yes Phoenix AZ Yes AARP Digital Member Ahwatukee YMCA, Tempe YMCA, Gilbert YMCA, Flagstaff YMCA, Flagstaff Athletic Club, Summit Flagstaff No Image Available
12/19/2018 Tommy Condition has improved With SilverSneakers, I have helped myself to better physical health. I had an old leg injury and after physical therapy, I continued exercising and am able to walk with minimal pain. I usually go daily and feel great. I have lost weight and being a diabetic, have improved my condition. Thnx With SilverSneakers, I have helped myself to better physical health. I had an old leg injury and after physical therapy, I continued exercising and am able to walk with minimal pain. I usually go daily and feel great. I have lost weight and being a diabetic, have improved my condition. Thnx Yes Las Vegas NM Yes Digital Member No Image Available
12/19/2018 Kathy Ambassadors Program I joined the SilverSneakers approximately 16 months ago. My intention for joining was to maintain my stability and agility. I have been more inclined to eat healthy since participating in a regular exercise program 2-3 times a week. My YMCA leaders, Stephanie and Kim, do an excellent job in providing a variety of exercises to help me with my goals. Both have a lot of positive interaction and support everyone in the groups. Stephanie goes the extra mile to arrange “outings” to promote comraderie among the group members. This is the longest time I have stayed with an exercise program during my lifetime, and I appreciate the SilverSneakers program. I am disappointed that our insurance company, Priority Health, doesn’t pay for the monthly membership, and hopefully I won’t encounter a financial problem which would force me to stop my membership. I believe insurance companies should contribute to certified exercise programs because of the benefits exercise provides to improve overalll health and decreased depression. I joined the SilverSneakers approximately 16 months ago. My intention for joining was to maintain my stability and agility. I have been more inclined to eat healthy since participating in a regular exercise program 2-3 times a week. My YMCA leaders, Stephanie and Kim, do an excellent job in providing a variety of exercises to help me with my goals. Both have a lot of positive interaction and support everyone in the groups. Stephanie goes the extra mile to arrange “outings” to promote comraderie among the group members. This is the longest time I have stayed with an exercise program during my lifetime, and I appreciate the SilverSneakers program. I am disappointed that our insurance company, Priority Health, doesn’t pay for the monthly membership, and hopefully I won’t encounter a financial problem which would force me to stop my membership. I believe insurance companies should contribute to certified exercise programs because of the benefits exercise provides to improve overalll health and decreased depression. Yes Lake Orion MI Yes Digital Member Auburn Hills No Image Available
12/17/2018 Diane Keeps Me Going I love SilverSneakers! I use the program to at the Sampson Y (part of the Y of Greater Pittsburgh) since the Y closed the Wilmerding Y closer to my home. My husband and I take the water aerobics classes three mornings a week. The class is easy on my knees, but lets me exercise every part of my body. I really can tell a difference when I have to miss a class. My doctor tells me it is the best exercise for me. I also have started swimming laps at the pool - started at 2 and now I am up to 8! I was saddened to hear that the Y is no longer going to honor SilverSneakers come January. But I understand that my old Y may be reopening - not as a Y, but a private facility and I hope they will honor SilverSneakers. I love SilverSneakers! I use the program to at the Sampson Y (part of the Y of Greater Pittsburgh) since the Y closed the Wilmerding Y closer to my home. My husband and I take the water aerobics classes three mornings a week. The class is easy on my knees, but lets me exercise every part of my body. I really can tell a difference when I have to miss a class. My doctor tells me it is the best exercise for me. I also have started swimming laps at the pool - started at 2 and now I am up to 8! I was saddened to hear that the Y is no longer going to honor SilverSneakers come January. But I understand that my old Y may be reopening - not as a Y, but a private facility and I hope they will honor SilverSneakers. Yes White Oak PA Yes Health Options Program Digital Member Sampson Family Y old facility is Wilmerding Y No Image Available
12/12/2018 Shirley Make exercise a habit I have worked out since my 20s. A day of no cardio is like I forgot to brush my teeth. Habits are good to make. Usually in morning. I have worked out since my 20s. A day of no cardio is like I forgot to brush my teeth. Habits are good to make. Usually in morning. Yes Oakwood IL Yes AARP Digital Member Planet fitness
12/12/2018 Susan Exercise during the holidays I attend a low-intensity exercise class for seniors three days a week year-round. It's only a mile from my house. When the weather is decent, I walk a mile around the lake after each class. My neighbor goes with me and we take turns driving. I'm less likely to quit when I have an exercise buddy. I attend a low-intensity exercise class for seniors three days a week year-round. It's only a mile from my house. When the weather is decent, I walk a mile around the lake after each class. My neighbor goes with me and we take turns driving. I'm less likely to quit when I have an exercise buddy. Yes Black Mountain NC Yes Digital Member None are near my house No Image Available
12/12/2018 Patricia Life after a broken hip Five years ago I had a cycling accident and shattered my left hip. After three months of rehab, I was cleared for regular exercising. Being a member of SilverSneakers meant I could go to my local Community College and use their weight equipment, track and classes. My new hip has loved the exercise routine! I was sad and angry to find out that beginning 1/1/19, AARP and United Health are dropping the SilverSneakers program. Beginning in January, seniors will have to pay for half of the annual fee at participating gyms. My husband and I pay to belong to AARP and expect them to represent seniors, not take away benefits. We have saved United Healthcare money by staying fit, but United has decided SilverSneakers is not a financial benefit to them. I feel sorry for the many seniors unable to pay for gyms due to their limited incomes. AARP and United Health have let us all down at a time when exercise is most important. Five years ago I had a cycling accident and shattered my left hip. After three months of rehab, I was cleared for regular exercising. Being a member of SilverSneakers meant I could go to my local Community College and use their weight equipment, track and classes. My new hip has loved the exercise routine! I was sad and angry to find out that beginning 1/1/19, AARP and United Health are dropping the SilverSneakers program. Beginning in January, seniors will have to pay for half of the annual fee at participating gyms. My husband and I pay to belong to AARP and expect them to represent seniors, not take away benefits. We have saved United Healthcare money by staying fit, but United has decided SilverSneakers is not a financial benefit to them. I feel sorry for the many seniors unable to pay for gyms due to their limited incomes. AARP and United Health have let us all down at a time when exercise is most important. Yes Scottsdale AZ Yes AARP Digital Member Scottsdale Community College & LA Fitness No Image Available
12/12/2018 Wanda Lift for life When I was 59 and still teaching, I began lifting weights thinking that I would hate it. I was so mistaken. I loved it and have continued to this day. I have now retired at 67 and lift every other day. Lifting and bike riding give me more energy, not less. Try it! When I was 59 and still teaching, I began lifting weights thinking that I would hate it. I was so mistaken. I loved it and have continued to this day. I have now retired at 67 and lift every other day. Lifting and bike riding give me more energy, not less. Try it! Yes Knightdale NC Yes United HealthCare Digital Member Planet Fitness, Knightdale, NC No Image Available
12/14/2018 Mary It may be cold outside I continue to walk, in stores, at home tidying up, shopping. Just smile and walk enjoying the season I continue to walk, in stores, at home tidying up, shopping. Just smile and walk enjoying the season Yes Canton GA Yes Humana Digital Member None
12/06/2018 Charles Fitness – It’s a lifetime endeavor! I am 81 years old and have been an active member of the Harrisburg (PA) YMCA for 56 years and still going strong. I owe it all to a co-worker who invited me to go to the Y with him 56 years ago and it stuck! (I often wonder if I would have ever done it by myself.) Early on, I took up handball, running, fitness classes, weights, etc. I was never that good at handball, but it sure was a great workout! The primary reason I quit playing was because those who played at my level retired from the game. Otherwise, I may still be at it. Occasionally, one of my contemporaries who is still playing will ask me when I will make my comeback and I tell them "I'm working on it!" In 2013, I was scheduled to have spinal surgery, but three months before that I began taking an aquatics fitness class which had a very positive effect on my spinal pain. As a result, I canceled the surgery and took swimming lessons at the ripe old age of 76 to add swimming to my routine. It has been a great addition. "Back in the day," we didn't have all of the machines, fitness classes and other programs that are available now which makes it even easier to keep fit. So let's go! There's nothing to it! You can do it! I am 81 years old and have been an active member of the Harrisburg (PA) YMCA for 56 years and still going strong. I owe it all to a co-worker who invited me to go to the Y with him 56 years ago and it stuck! (I often wonder if I would have ever done it by myself.) Early on, I took up handball, running, fitness classes, weights, etc. I was never that good at handball, but it sure was a great workout! The primary reason I quit playing was because those who played at my level retired from the game. Otherwise, I may still be at it. Occasionally, one of my contemporaries who is still playing will ask me when I will make my comeback and I tell them "I'm working on it!" In 2013, I was scheduled to have spinal surgery, but three months before that I began taking an aquatics fitness class which had a very positive effect on my spinal pain. As a result, I canceled the surgery and took swimming lessons at the ripe old age of 76 to add swimming to my routine. It has been a great addition. "Back in the day," we didn't have all of the machines, fitness classes and other programs that are available now which makes it even easier to keep fit. So let's go! There's nothing to it! You can do it! Yes Enola PA Yes Digital Member East Shore YMCA (Harrisburg Area YMCA)
12/06/2018 Teresa Very appreciative of SilverSneakers I am very appreciative of my SilverSneakers benefits. I exercise three mornings a week. It has kept me strong and healthy. I am very appreciative of my SilverSneakers benefits. I exercise three mornings a week. It has kept me strong and healthy. Yes Lafayette IN Yes Digital Member Newtone, Lafayette. YMCA South County St. Louis, MO, Snook YMCA Foley, AL No Image Available
12/05/2018 Doreen A SilverSneakers Awakening In the last 6 years I've sustained spontaneous toe fractures which make my walking unsteady no matter what shoes, inserts or padding I purchase. I started to take a SilverSneakers [class] in my Drs.' medical building and for the first time in years, follow on a regular basis. The first segment is chair strength exercises and optional additional stay for the balance training. I've become "addicted" and can say I feel stronger, at 81 yrs. than I did 10 years ago. The trainer, Gailey, sets the chairs so that she sees each of us directly. Thank you for this innovation.. In the last 6 years I've sustained spontaneous toe fractures which make my walking unsteady no matter what shoes, inserts or padding I purchase. I started to take a SilverSneakers [class] in my Drs.' medical building and for the first time in years, follow on a regular basis. The first segment is chair strength exercises and optional additional stay for the balance training. I've become "addicted" and can say I feel stronger, at 81 yrs. than I did 10 years ago. The trainer, Gailey, sets the chairs so that she sees each of us directly. Thank you for this innovation.. Yes West Palm Beach FL Yes Humana Digital Member MCCI Okeechobee Blvd, west palm beach, fl No Image Available
12/05/2018 Phyllis Why I stay fit My parents both lived to the age of 92 and I would like to live that long to see my great-gran kids grow up. We keep our great gran girl one day a week ever since she was born and she is 5 years old now. I use the SilverSneaker pass to go to the pool and exercise--I am 87 years old. And I am able to get down on the floor and play with her. Can't believe you are changing the SilverSneakers pass to something else. I rode my bike up to exercise until 2 years ago with back problems. It is a great way to exercise with other folks and have some social time. Thank you for the years of SilverSneakers. My parents both lived to the age of 92 and I would like to live that long to see my great-gran kids grow up. We keep our great gran girl one day a week ever since she was born and she is 5 years old now. I use the SilverSneaker pass to go to the pool and exercise--I am 87 years old. And I am able to get down on the floor and play with her. Can't believe you are changing the SilverSneakers pass to something else. I rode my bike up to exercise until 2 years ago with back problems. It is a great way to exercise with other folks and have some social time. Thank you for the years of SilverSneakers. Yes Rittman OH Yes United HealthCare Digital Member No Image Available
12/05/2018 Chanty My Father Was A Good Teacher Throughout my life, I have received much advice. One person would tell me to swim this way and another would tell me a different method. One person told me to stop kicking so much. I learned to pay attention to the way my body taught me to swim. The point was to have fun while swimming. Even as a runner people were always trying to correct my form. I ended up injured by one person's methods, so I ran the old style for me which was far more comfortable. Besides, I had far many more trophies than this other person so I was doing it right all along. The very best advice I ever received and still us to this day came from my beloved father. He told me to "stretch every day or don't grow old." Since growing older was inevitable, I went with the advice of stretching every day sometimes twice a day. My father had rheumatic fever as a child. He was sick for so long that his muscles atrophied. He crawled like a baby at first then as he regained strength in his legs and arms and core group, he began running everywhere and of course stretching after as part of his own therapy. Throughout my life, I have received much advice. One person would tell me to swim this way and another would tell me a different method. One person told me to stop kicking so much. I learned to pay attention to the way my body taught me to swim. The point was to have fun while swimming. Even as a runner people were always trying to correct my form. I ended up injured by one person's methods, so I ran the old style for me which was far more comfortable. Besides, I had far many more trophies than this other person so I was doing it right all along. The very best advice I ever received and still us to this day came from my beloved father. He told me to "stretch every day or don't grow old." Since growing older was inevitable, I went with the advice of stretching every day sometimes twice a day. My father had rheumatic fever as a child. He was sick for so long that his muscles atrophied. He crawled like a baby at first then as he regained strength in his legs and arms and core group, he began running everywhere and of course stretching after as part of his own therapy. Yes Canton OH Yes Aetna Digital Member North Canton YMCA No Image Available
12/05/2018 Robert The trick is to stick with it It really doesn't matter what exercise you use, the trick is to stick with it. I usually see a large crowd at the health club during January because of New Years Resolutions, but the crowd starts to thin by February. You can find me there regardless of the month Jan thru Dec. It really doesn't matter what exercise you use, the trick is to stick with it. I usually see a large crowd at the health club during January because of New Years Resolutions, but the crowd starts to thin by February. You can find me there regardless of the month Jan thru Dec. Yes Yes Digital Member No Image Available
12/05/2018 Diane I knew I could do it if I would just get up and move In May I joined a local gym (MVP) and had a very sore, tight right side and hip. Started with orientation of machines, only to learn upon returning, I needed help with everything. Could not get up and down from the floor. Hired a personal trainer for 1/2 hour weekly (still doing that). He got me on the right track and into classes that would benefit me. So into Super Stretch, Relaxing yoga, Balance and a weight class called Healthy Lifestyles. Some days I do back-to-back classes. A massage once every two weeks has me limber, pain free and somewhat flexible. Yea for me. It has not been easy but i am motivated. I am 72 years young, ready to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. In May I joined a local gym (MVP) and had a very sore, tight right side and hip. Started with orientation of machines, only to learn upon returning, I needed help with everything. Could not get up and down from the floor. Hired a personal trainer for 1/2 hour weekly (still doing that). He got me on the right track and into classes that would benefit me. So into Super Stretch, Relaxing yoga, Balance and a weight class called Healthy Lifestyles. Some days I do back-to-back classes. A massage once every two weeks has me limber, pain free and somewhat flexible. Yea for me. It has not been easy but i am motivated. I am 72 years young, ready to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Yes The Villages FL Yes United HealthCare Digital Member MVP - The Villages
12/05/2018 Sonia I joined LA Fitness I joined LA Fitness through SilverSneakers. I enjoy being there and use the exercise machines as well as the pool. I have Multiple Scleroses and I noticed a great improvement with my muscles. Thanks to SilverSneakers. I joined LA Fitness through SilverSneakers. I enjoy being there and use the exercise machines as well as the pool. I have Multiple Scleroses and I noticed a great improvement with my muscles. Thanks to SilverSneakers. Yes Brandon FL Yes Digital Member LA Fitness No Image Available
12/04/2018 Angela SilverSneakers is keeping me alive In September I fainted in the shower and knocked out my front teeth. Doctors found blood clots in my lungs. They placed me on blood thinners and a walker. In November I suffered a heart attack and had to have a quadruple bypass. I'm starting out slow but SilverSneakers is my reason to get up in the morning. I'm getting stronger day by day. My class celebrated my 1 year heart anniversary by letting me tell my story. In September I fainted in the shower and knocked out my front teeth. Doctors found blood clots in my lungs. They placed me on blood thinners and a walker. In November I suffered a heart attack and had to have a quadruple bypass. I'm starting out slow but SilverSneakers is my reason to get up in the morning. I'm getting stronger day by day. My class celebrated my 1 year heart anniversary by letting me tell my story. Yes Greensboro NC Yes Digital Member Hayes Taylor YMCA Greensboro
12/01/2018 Blanche Fitness Program I have been coming to SilverSneakers for a month now and I absolutely love it! I go three times a week for Zumba cardio and walk fitness. I have so much energy and I learned how to use weights and resistance bands. I even try to do some of the exercises and dancing at home and I love the different topics from SilverSneakers. I read all of them [and find them] quite informative. I have been coming to SilverSneakers for a month now and I absolutely love it! I go three times a week for Zumba cardio and walk fitness. I have so much energy and I learned how to use weights and resistance bands. I even try to do some of the exercises and dancing at home and I love the different topics from SilverSneakers. I read all of them [and find them] quite informative. Yes Peoria AZ Yes Digital Member Community Center Peoria, AZ No Image Available
12/01/2018 Wayne Spinal Back Surgery Healing After I had Spinal Back Surgery in April 2018, my Neurosurgeon told me walking was the best recovery method for my back. In September, my wife turned 65 and her med insurance supported SilverSneakers. My insurance already had SilverSneakers, but I was reluctant to try on my on. So now my wife and I use SilverSneakers to exercise together. We love the feeling that exercise has brought us as well as the increased stamina, strength and body movement. After I had Spinal Back Surgery in April 2018, my Neurosurgeon told me walking was the best recovery method for my back. In September, my wife turned 65 and her med insurance supported SilverSneakers. My insurance already had SilverSneakers, but I was reluctant to try on my on. So now my wife and I use SilverSneakers to exercise together. We love the feeling that exercise has brought us as well as the increased stamina, strength and body movement. Yes Westerville OH Yes Digital Member Westerville Community Center No Image Available
11/30/2018 Bruce Best shape of my life In 2013 I had a wreck on my mule and had my left ACL replaced, a year later when I was allowed to start riding I couldn’t get on my mule so I joined SilverSneakers and started working out, My heart gets stronger each year and I’m in better shape than any 50 year old I know, I’m 68 1/2 years old now and I’m really great shape. But after December and the SilverSneakers program goes away my fixed income won’t let me keep my gym membership!!! THANK YOU SILVERSNEAKERS!!!!! In 2013 I had a wreck on my mule and had my left ACL replaced, a year later when I was allowed to start riding I couldn’t get on my mule so I joined SilverSneakers and started working out, My heart gets stronger each year and I’m in better shape than any 50 year old I know, I’m 68 1/2 years old now and I’m really great shape. But after December and the SilverSneakers program goes away my fixed income won’t let me keep my gym membership!!! THANK YOU SILVERSNEAKERS!!!!! Yes Snowflake AZ Yes AARP Digital Member Snap fitness Taylor, AZ No Image Available
11/29/2018 Donna Feeling good I am 73 and have been exercising since my early 40s. Before that I was busy raising children, working and attending college part time. I joined a gym in my early 40s and loved the aerobic classes. They went out of business so I began a fast walking regime. My son downloaded his music onto an mp3 player which I listened to while keeping a fast pace walking. While visiting him in another state we went to his Y. I heard some music and looked into the room where dancing was happening, ZUMBA! I finally found it in my home state and became addicted. Even though I love Zumba I realize for me it is the MUSIC that motivates me. I am 73 and have been exercising since my early 40s. Before that I was busy raising children, working and attending college part time. I joined a gym in my early 40s and loved the aerobic classes. They went out of business so I began a fast walking regime. My son downloaded his music onto an mp3 player which I listened to while keeping a fast pace walking. While visiting him in another state we went to his Y. I heard some music and looked into the room where dancing was happening, ZUMBA! I finally found it in my home state and became addicted. Even though I love Zumba I realize for me it is the MUSIC that motivates me. Yes Secaucus NJ Yes Aetna Digital Member Haven't started yet. No Image Available
11/29/2018 Diane SilverSneakers is my workout Friend!!!! LOVE IT!!! This year I set out with a weight loss goal as well as an exercise plan in hand!!! I am a couple months from celebrating my 70th birthday!!!! Couple of days ago had a visit with my doctor...…. she was extremely proud of my 32-pound weight loss and how GREAT all the pertinent data from my lab works was!!!! ALL IS A-okay and she wants me to stay on track and continue!!!!! With my daily walking schedule and my Monday thru Friday workout with our local SilverSneakers group, I feel I can continue to succeed!!!! THANK YOU SILVERSNEAKERS!!!!! This year I set out with a weight loss goal as well as an exercise plan in hand!!! I am a couple months from celebrating my 70th birthday!!!! Couple of days ago had a visit with my doctor...…. she was extremely proud of my 32-pound weight loss and how GREAT all the pertinent data from my lab works was!!!! ALL IS A-okay and she wants me to stay on track and continue!!!!! With my daily walking schedule and my Monday thru Friday workout with our local SilverSneakers group, I feel I can continue to succeed!!!! THANK YOU SILVERSNEAKERS!!!!! Yes Shreveport LA Yes Humana Digital Member Plex Gym, Merriweather Road, Shreveport LA 71118 No Image Available
11/29/2018 Nancy Walking for exercise I have been put on a statin for high cholesterol so have improved my diet and now walk around 20 minutes a day in the hope I can eventually go [off the medicine or it] has decreased significantly and my tummy is flatter than it's been in years. I don't go to the offered exercise classes because they don't fit my personal schedule and only go to water exercises (outside pool) when the weather isn't too hot or cold. I have a bit of a problem with my legs and have had for years, but walking seems to help. Think a bit of the problem is I sit too often on a soft couch. Take a Tylenol every week or 2 and it really helps, but not sure how often it's safe to take Tylenol so don't take more. I have been put on a statin for high cholesterol so have improved my diet and now walk around 20 minutes a day in the hope I can eventually go [off the medicine or it] has decreased significantly and my tummy is flatter than it's been in years. I don't go to the offered exercise classes because they don't fit my personal schedule and only go to water exercises (outside pool) when the weather isn't too hot or cold. I have a bit of a problem with my legs and have had for years, but walking seems to help. Think a bit of the problem is I sit too often on a soft couch. Take a Tylenol every week or 2 and it really helps, but not sure how often it's safe to take Tylenol so don't take more. Yes Debary FL Yes Humana Digital Member None No Image Available
11/29/2018 Susan Solid core to support my back I was an athlete as a young person, but injured my knee while on the UMass Ski Team. The knee surgery I had then--50 years ago--left one leg shorter than the other--which I never knew, until sciatica and degenerative processes in my back led to a complete physical therapy assessment. Meanwhile, I took so many anti-inflammatory pain relievers that I had a bleeding ulcer, a transfusion, and now am considered allergic. The only pain meds are opiods, and I am afraid to be dependent on them. The only answer: lose weight and STRENGTHEN MY CORE. So my husband and I now go to three fitness classes a week with the SilverSneakers program. We are doing weight-lifting(!) one day, Zumba Gold another day, and then the SilverSneakers workout on Wednesday. I can't believe that with my back issues, the BodyPump weight-lifting passes the fastest! I love it. Plus we have fun together and I am motivating and helping my husband while I get fit. Thanks 24 hr. fitness for your wonderful new gym in El Cerrito! I was an athlete as a young person, but injured my knee while on the UMass Ski Team. The knee surgery I had then--50 years ago--left one leg shorter than the other--which I never knew, until sciatica and degenerative processes in my back led to a complete physical therapy assessment. Meanwhile, I took so many anti-inflammatory pain relievers that I had a bleeding ulcer, a transfusion, and now am considered allergic. The only pain meds are opiods, and I am afraid to be dependent on them. The only answer: lose weight and STRENGTHEN MY CORE. So my husband and I now go to three fitness classes a week with the SilverSneakers program. We are doing weight-lifting(!) one day, Zumba Gold another day, and then the SilverSneakers workout on Wednesday. I can't believe that with my back issues, the BodyPump weight-lifting passes the fastest! I love it. Plus we have fun together and I am motivating and helping my husband while I get fit. Thanks 24 hr. fitness for your wonderful new gym in El Cerrito! Yes Plantation FL Yes Kaiser Permanente Digital Member El Cerrito, Plantation FL No Image Available
11/29/2018 Pamela Active from 6 to 66 Fitness has always been a part of my life. From dance classes at age six to Stott Pilates and Yoga at 66. Movement....balance, agility, flexibility are all important to a very independent fun, active life. Since I've always been active, fitness has not changed my life...it keeps me independent with a wonderful qualify of life. Fitness has always been a part of my life. From dance classes at age six to Stott Pilates and Yoga at 66. Movement....balance, agility, flexibility are all important to a very independent fun, active life. Since I've always been active, fitness has not changed my life...it keeps me independent with a wonderful qualify of life. Yes Warren OH Yes Aetna Digital Member No locations. Attend classes at local studios. No Image Available
11/28/2018 Ingrid We all have to start somewhere About 17 or 18 years ago, I used to walk my dog Heidi early every morning. Many mornings I met a jogger with his dog. We started to talk mostly because our dogs didn't like each other much, creating a ruckus, and we kind of apologized to each other. One morning, I asked how much he was running and he indicated his route, adding that he was limited because of his knees. Hmm, I thought, I don't have physical limitations, I ought to be able to do this! I was overweight for my height, though, but I started, huffing and puffing at first and gradually adding distance. Luckily, Heidi loved it, and we both started to be in better shape. Heidi is not with me any more for many years now but I am still running every morning - though somewhat less - and have added many exercises for strength and flexibility, plus three mornings a week with the SilverSneakers. I enjoy the group exercises for the camaraderie and the interesting people you meet. I had a chance to tell my jogging friend that he was the one who inspired me. He was on a bike by that time because of his bad knees. It also happened to be the last time we met. I am now 77 years old and feel great. I am pretty much at the proper weight for my height. My motivation for exercising remains to be in the best possible shape for the longest possible time allocated to me on this planet. About 17 or 18 years ago, I used to walk my dog Heidi early every morning. Many mornings I met a jogger with his dog. We started to talk mostly because our dogs didn't like each other much, creating a ruckus, and we kind of apologized to each other. One morning, I asked how much he was running and he indicated his route, adding that he was limited because of his knees. Hmm, I thought, I don't have physical limitations, I ought to be able to do this! I was overweight for my height, though, but I started, huffing and puffing at first and gradually adding distance. Luckily, Heidi loved it, and we both started to be in better shape. Heidi is not with me any more for many years now but I am still running every morning - though somewhat less - and have added many exercises for strength and flexibility, plus three mornings a week with the SilverSneakers. I enjoy the group exercises for the camaraderie and the interesting people you meet. I had a chance to tell my jogging friend that he was the one who inspired me. He was on a bike by that time because of his bad knees. It also happened to be the last time we met. I am now 77 years old and feel great. I am pretty much at the proper weight for my height. My motivation for exercising remains to be in the best possible shape for the longest possible time allocated to me on this planet. Yes Marietta GA Yes Digital Member No Image Available
11/28/2018 Cosme Why I have been a SilverSneakers for years that has kept me in shape but now that it was taken away from us now my health might start turning around that means that my health ins will start paying more for doctors calls and so on. So was is worth it? Not too late to restart SilverSneakers. My insurance is allwell health net if you want to restart the program again. I'm sure lots of seniors will agree with me. So let's see what you're going to do. Help the seniors I have been a SilverSneakers for years that has kept me in shape but now that it was taken away from us now my health might start turning around that means that my health ins will start paying more for doctors calls and so on. So was is worth it? Not too late to restart SilverSneakers. My insurance is allwell health net if you want to restart the program again. I'm sure lots of seniors will agree with me. So let's see what you're going to do. Help the seniors Yes Sierra vista AZ Yes Digital Member Cochise request club in sv az No Image Available
11/28/2018 Christy Social and Body Fitness For me, being with a regular group of similar-aged people and having great exercise class instructors keeps me motivated. Exercising regularly helps me feel good mentally and physically. I haven't found a fitness center that had the latter, so I stick with the Tucson Parks and Rec Aerobic classes which provides all of the above. For me, being with a regular group of similar-aged people and having great exercise class instructors keeps me motivated. Exercising regularly helps me feel good mentally and physically. I haven't found a fitness center that had the latter, so I stick with the Tucson Parks and Rec Aerobic classes which provides all of the above. Yes Tucson AZ Yes United HealthCare Digital Member No Image Available
11/28/2018 Charlotte Getting Older I was a very chubby child, which we all know leads to very low self esteem. I did attend dancing school for 9 years this helped me lose weight and feel better. Now I am 77, a few years ago I joined Curves, went for awhile then quit until a neighbor asked me to join with her and we started, she moved, but I continued. I also suffer from depression and anxiety, found that exercising made me feel better physically and mentally! Oh, there are days when I have to force myself to go, or I somtimes skip, but I always go back. It makes me able to cope with the depression, keep my weight in check and interact with a lot of really nice people. I was a very chubby child, which we all know leads to very low self esteem. I did attend dancing school for 9 years this helped me lose weight and feel better. Now I am 77, a few years ago I joined Curves, went for awhile then quit until a neighbor asked me to join with her and we started, she moved, but I continued. I also suffer from depression and anxiety, found that exercising made me feel better physically and mentally! Oh, there are days when I have to force myself to go, or I somtimes skip, but I always go back. It makes me able to cope with the depression, keep my weight in check and interact with a lot of really nice people. Yes St Charles MO Yes United HealthCare Digital Member Curves on Elm No Image Available
11/28/2018 Walter I’m 80 and feel like I’m 50. When I was young (under 50) I used to run five days a week. When I was in my 50s, doctors and relatives began to complain that I was going to hurt myself or die and that I had better take it easy. So I slowed down and began to walk occasionally. In my 70s, I began to feel sluggish and even developed neuropathy in my left leg and foot. This frustrated me so I began doing light weights and spending a few minutes on a treadmill five days a week until about a year ago. At that time, I read somewhere that to feel really good, I need to spend less time working out, but do it with intensity. So I immediately picked up the intensity of my workouts. Wow! What a difference. My neuropathy is gone and I get up every morning feeling great. I go very hard three times a week and have light workouts three times a week. (Every other day.) I work out because it makes me feel good and keeps my blood circulating. It is also fun because I have made several friends where I work out. I work out at Planet Fitness and I believe you are the good people who pay for it although I know it comes out of my insurance. I really like SilverSneakers and the information you send us. When I was young (under 50) I used to run five days a week. When I was in my 50s, doctors and relatives began to complain that I was going to hurt myself or die and that I had better take it easy. So I slowed down and began to walk occasionally. In my 70s, I began to feel sluggish and even developed neuropathy in my left leg and foot. This frustrated me so I began doing light weights and spending a few minutes on a treadmill five days a week until about a year ago. At that time, I read somewhere that to feel really good, I need to spend less time working out, but do it with intensity. So I immediately picked up the intensity of my workouts. Wow! What a difference. My neuropathy is gone and I get up every morning feeling great. I go very hard three times a week and have light workouts three times a week. (Every other day.) I work out because it makes me feel good and keeps my blood circulating. It is also fun because I have made several friends where I work out. I work out at Planet Fitness and I believe you are the good people who pay for it although I know it comes out of my insurance. I really like SilverSneakers and the information you send us. Yes Broken Arrow OK Yes AARP Digital Member Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
11/28/2018 Evelin SilverSneakers gave me access to fitness classes and a boost to losing 30 lbs. I used to attend a fitness class twice a week and a cycling class. I loved the social aspect of those classes. But then the Gym stopped accepting SilverSneakers and I was too cheap to buy a membership. So I began walking regularly in my neighborhood of hills and flats, 3 miles 5 days a week, and I made sure to work in my yard (spreading mulch myself instead of hiring someone, making small rock walls, etc.) At the same time I had a DVT and found out I had a genetic blood clotting disorder. So I began watching what I ate and reducing the amount of carbs, increasing protein, and not eating carbs after 3 PM. All that had me losing 30 pounds down to 125 pounds. All that happened in 2013/2014. Then in 2017 we moved and I had no time to keep up my exercise and ate in an undisciplined way. I gained 5 pounds back Now I live in a different place where I have good access to SilverSneakers membership and great fitness classes which I enjoy 3-4 times/week and I have been walking 3 miles again 3 times a week and paying more attention to food again. I have lost 2 pounds and will lose the rest and keep up with all of it again. I love having access to a Gym with good senior fitness classes. I used to attend a fitness class twice a week and a cycling class. I loved the social aspect of those classes. But then the Gym stopped accepting SilverSneakers and I was too cheap to buy a membership. So I began walking regularly in my neighborhood of hills and flats, 3 miles 5 days a week, and I made sure to work in my yard (spreading mulch myself instead of hiring someone, making small rock walls, etc.) At the same time I had a DVT and found out I had a genetic blood clotting disorder. So I began watching what I ate and reducing the amount of carbs, increasing protein, and not eating carbs after 3 PM. All that had me losing 30 pounds down to 125 pounds. All that happened in 2013/2014. Then in 2017 we moved and I had no time to keep up my exercise and ate in an undisciplined way. I gained 5 pounds back Now I live in a different place where I have good access to SilverSneakers membership and great fitness classes which I enjoy 3-4 times/week and I have been walking 3 miles again 3 times a week and paying more attention to food again. I have lost 2 pounds and will lose the rest and keep up with all of it again. I love having access to a Gym with good senior fitness classes. Yes San Francisco CA Yes United HealthCare Digital Member 24-hr fitness in Larkspur, CA
11/28/2018 Russ Fitness re exercise/health I an pushing 81. I do daily exercises. It used to be largely outdoors as well to enjoy warm weather (challenging in Central Ohio) and God's beautiful world, but in the last couple years, I've brought the exercise component indoors. It allows for more consistency. I do 3 miles on a stationary bike while arm lifting 10 pound weights for 300 repetitions. I also do 20 repetitions with elastic stretch bands for a variety of 6 stretching exercises plus two without the stretch bands. Lately been having some balance issues and a therapist assigned about 15 minutes on-going daily exercise to strengthen leg and hip joint strength to assist in alleviating that challenge. The whole exercise routine takes about an hour a day. During the process, I watch interesting educational and faith-based videos and listen to energizing music to assist cadence. As my doctor says, despite all my health issues, I am in remarkably good shape - and I feel it! One last health issue enhancer: My relationship with God is absolutely key. I try to keep it in perspective 24/7/365 with continual prayer/dialogue with my loving savior. Hope this helps some of you in the 4th Quarter of your lives...even if you've received the 2 minute warning! May God bless you all abundantly for all you are and all you do. I an pushing 81. I do daily exercises. It used to be largely outdoors as well to enjoy warm weather (challenging in Central Ohio) and God's beautiful world, but in the last couple years, I've brought the exercise component indoors. It allows for more consistency. I do 3 miles on a stationary bike while arm lifting 10 pound weights for 300 repetitions. I also do 20 repetitions with elastic stretch bands for a variety of 6 stretching exercises plus two without the stretch bands. Lately been having some balance issues and a therapist assigned about 15 minutes on-going daily exercise to strengthen leg and hip joint strength to assist in alleviating that challenge. The whole exercise routine takes about an hour a day. During the process, I watch interesting educational and faith-based videos and listen to energizing music to assist cadence. As my doctor says, despite all my health issues, I am in remarkably good shape - and I feel it! One last health issue enhancer: My relationship with God is absolutely key. I try to keep it in perspective 24/7/365 with continual prayer/dialogue with my loving savior. Hope this helps some of you in the 4th Quarter of your lives...even if you've received the 2 minute warning! May God bless you all abundantly for all you are and all you do. Yes Westerville OH Yes Anthem Digital Member n/a No Image Available
11/28/2018 Jay A promise to my bride I met my wife 22 years ago. We have been married 19 years now. Early in our relationship we talked of couples who have 50 or more years of marriage. We lamented that each of our marriages lasted only 16 years. At that point I made a promise to my bride to be: "I will give you 50 years of marriage!" So these days I do SilverSneakers and a great deal of walking in order to keep my promise. I only have 31 more years to go!!! No worries, at that point I will only be 103 years old! I met my wife 22 years ago. We have been married 19 years now. Early in our relationship we talked of couples who have 50 or more years of marriage. We lamented that each of our marriages lasted only 16 years. At that point I made a promise to my bride to be: "I will give you 50 years of marriage!" So these days I do SilverSneakers and a great deal of walking in order to keep my promise. I only have 31 more years to go!!! No worries, at that point I will only be 103 years old! Yes Gig Harbor WA Yes Humana Digital Member Gig Harbor Health and Fitness, Gig Harbor, WA
11/28/2018 Gabriel Reason to staying in shape. The reason for me to staying in shape all year is because I am a runner and I participate in The Houston Chevron Marathon weekend. Next year in January the 19 I will run the 5k and on the 20 I will run The Half Marathon, after those races, I will run the 10ks and the 5ks sponsored by Harra Running Club. I have been doing this for the last 30 years, I used to run the full marathon. I did 20 in a row every year. Now I only do the 5k and the half marathon. The reason for me to staying in shape all year is because I am a runner and I participate in The Houston Chevron Marathon weekend. Next year in January the 19 I will run the 5k and on the 20 I will run The Half Marathon, after those races, I will run the 10ks and the 5ks sponsored by Harra Running Club. I have been doing this for the last 30 years, I used to run the full marathon. I did 20 in a row every year. Now I only do the 5k and the half marathon. Yes HOUSTON TX Yes Humana Digital Member 808 Pease No Image Available
11/28/2018 Sandra Low motivation I had hip replacement surgery in March and would like to get back to an exercise routine. I do not eat well because I am not hungry most of the time, I just eat because I have to. My motivation is low right now and I have started to gain weight. I had hip replacement surgery in March and would like to get back to an exercise routine. I do not eat well because I am not hungry most of the time, I just eat because I have to. My motivation is low right now and I have started to gain weight. Yes Fontana CA Yes Kaiser Permanente Digital Member I don't attend a location
11/28/2018 Mary Louise What I have comes with aging Spinal Stenosis with pinched nerves in back. I ran a mile a day commencing in 1976. I also started Yoga as the class that was forming needed another person. I am glad I did both. I have not stopped. The pinched nerve has effected my walking as I was a hiker. Now I can walk 12 minutes on the Treadmill without my legs on fire. As a Tomboy who went to athletics camp at 7 years of age, I was always active. Couldn’t sit still. I also taught Physical Education for 10 years. My entire life has changed since I was 86. I went on a world cruise for 111 days and on a small ship where only 600 passengers engaged in forming friendship. I think on that cruise being tossed around so much I pinched a nerve. Physical therapy helped me some. I went twice a week for 3 months until discharged as a normal 87 year old. Whereas I always attended a gym regularly after I retired. Now I do the Treadmill and Yoga at home and lift 5-pound weights once a week. Spinal Stenosis with pinched nerves in back. I ran a mile a day commencing in 1976. I also started Yoga as the class that was forming needed another person. I am glad I did both. I have not stopped. The pinched nerve has effected my walking as I was a hiker. Now I can walk 12 minutes on the Treadmill without my legs on fire. As a Tomboy who went to athletics camp at 7 years of age, I was always active. Couldn’t sit still. I also taught Physical Education for 10 years. My entire life has changed since I was 86. I went on a world cruise for 111 days and on a small ship where only 600 passengers engaged in forming friendship. I think on that cruise being tossed around so much I pinched a nerve. Physical therapy helped me some. I went twice a week for 3 months until discharged as a normal 87 year old. Whereas I always attended a gym regularly after I retired. Now I do the Treadmill and Yoga at home and lift 5-pound weights once a week. Yes Sarasota FL Yes Digital Member No Image Available
11/28/2018 Barbara Keeping Active I have COPD emphysema, osteoporisas hardening of the artiries, deteriotating spine, plus I was a smoker. I have 2 grandsons which I never thought I would have, took me 62 years, and they are the light of my life. Plus I have a 90-year-old mother living with me. Over the course of the last year I was feeling terrible and just couldn't seem to get on track nor did I want to. For Mother's Day my daughter bought me a month with a personal trainer. The first week I seriously though I was not going to make it, the next 3 sessions were much better. It was really quite incredible I had energy and my mood improved considerably. Long story short I gave up personal trainer, and joined SilverSneakers. I go twice a week. I gave up my addiction to cigarettes and am now addicted to exercise and the way I feel is great. I still have days when I need to pull myself out of bed to get started, but doing 15 minutes of exercise improves mind and body. I have COPD emphysema, osteoporisas hardening of the artiries, deteriotating spine, plus I was a smoker. I have 2 grandsons which I never thought I would have, took me 62 years, and they are the light of my life. Plus I have a 90-year-old mother living with me. Over the course of the last year I was feeling terrible and just couldn't seem to get on track nor did I want to. For Mother's Day my daughter bought me a month with a personal trainer. The first week I seriously though I was not going to make it, the next 3 sessions were much better. It was really quite incredible I had energy and my mood improved considerably. Long story short I gave up personal trainer, and joined SilverSneakers. I go twice a week. I gave up my addiction to cigarettes and am now addicted to exercise and the way I feel is great. I still have days when I need to pull myself out of bed to get started, but doing 15 minutes of exercise improves mind and body. Yes Northglenn CO Yes Kaiser Permanente Digital Member Northglenn Rec Center No Image Available
11/28/2018 Peter To stay healthy and fit Exercising is vital to stay healthy and fit. I run and jog and walk several times during the week and also do daily exercises at home on my gym as well as Yoga exercises. This has helped me to overcome many pitfalls in my life due to an aircraft accident some 57 years ago that broke my neck and my lower back in two places. This has helped me to stay relatively well and flexible. I am 80 years old now. Exercising is vital to stay healthy and fit. I run and jog and walk several times during the week and also do daily exercises at home on my gym as well as Yoga exercises. This has helped me to overcome many pitfalls in my life due to an aircraft accident some 57 years ago that broke my neck and my lower back in two places. This has helped me to stay relatively well and flexible. I am 80 years old now. Yes Kerrville TX Yes Aetna Digital Member I do it at home. No Image Available
11/28/2018 Denny Fitness I joined Planet Fitness the month I retired. I had an aortic valve replacement and wanted to keep the good health I had. I do it for toning my muscles and my body. I can’t get rid of the spare tire I have but I can make it a tight spare tire. I workout every day I am not working my part time job. About 4-5 days a week. I do it for about an hour or more. I am 73 yrs old and feel the best that I have felt in a long time. About like when I was active in the military. I would recommend this to anyone even if you are sitting in a chair—-stay active. The only down side to this is soreness. Age is a b—ch. I joined Planet Fitness the month I retired. I had an aortic valve replacement and wanted to keep the good health I had. I do it for toning my muscles and my body. I can’t get rid of the spare tire I have but I can make it a tight spare tire. I workout every day I am not working my part time job. About 4-5 days a week. I do it for about an hour or more. I am 73 yrs old and feel the best that I have felt in a long time. About like when I was active in the military. I would recommend this to anyone even if you are sitting in a chair—-stay active. The only down side to this is soreness. Age is a b—ch. Yes Greensboro NC No Humana Digital Member Planet Fitness High Point NC
11/28/2018 Betty (Elizabeth M) Use it or lose it! I am an unreliable exerciser -- on-again/off-again. At my most recent visit with my cardiologist he was unhappy with my (elevated) blood pressure and prescribed a new medication. After reading the side-effects, I decided I really didn't want to go that route and began once again getting a mile or more walk daily. Not only did my blood pressure go down, my mood went up! I need to confer with him again and maintain my renewed exercise regimen. I am an unreliable exerciser -- on-again/off-again. At my most recent visit with my cardiologist he was unhappy with my (elevated) blood pressure and prescribed a new medication. After reading the side-effects, I decided I really didn't want to go that route and began once again getting a mile or more walk daily. Not only did my blood pressure go down, my mood went up! I need to confer with him again and maintain my renewed exercise regimen. Yes Philadelphia PA Yes AARP Digital Member I don't at present although in the past, I have attended the program at Journey's Way in the Roxborough section of the city. No Image Available
11/28/2018 Steve Motion is better than no motion! I was very fortunate to have been able to retire at a reasonably young age, and a large part of my doing so was because I felt it would allow me the time I needed to fit in some sort of daily exercise. A friend very generously gave my wife and I a year's membership to the local Fitness Center as a retirement gift! This was the best thing he could have given us, and we began by swimming at the club's indoor pool. We grew to love this, and have incorporated it into our daily routine. Some of things that motivate us are: 1) We know that motion is better than no motion; 2) It gets us out of the house and doing something together; 3) We know we are doing something beneficial by getting our heart rate moving faster, exercising most muscle groups, improving our joint health, and, in general, feeling much better; 4) We limit the time in the pool to about 30 minutes; 5) We live in a very rural part of Northern NH where the winters are very long, and walking is less of a viable option for us in the winters due to the snowy and icy conditions of walkways; 6) The benefits of exercise are non-disputable, and we have found, first-hand, that our statistics as related to blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. have improved since we began swimming; 7) For the most part, our lives are quite sedentary, so it's 'a must' that we at least do this for ourselves!; and 7) We know that good health is a priority, especially as we age. We have nominated our local Fitness Center for consideration by SilverSneakers, and remain hopeful that a contract between them becomes a reality. I was very fortunate to have been able to retire at a reasonably young age, and a large part of my doing so was because I felt it would allow me the time I needed to fit in some sort of daily exercise. A friend very generously gave my wife and I a year's membership to the local Fitness Center as a retirement gift! This was the best thing he could have given us, and we began by swimming at the club's indoor pool. We grew to love this, and have incorporated it into our daily routine. Some of things that motivate us are: 1) We know that motion is better than no motion; 2) It gets us out of the house and doing something together; 3) We know we are doing something beneficial by getting our heart rate moving faster, exercising most muscle groups, improving our joint health, and, in general, feeling much better; 4) We limit the time in the pool to about 30 minutes; 5) We live in a very rural part of Northern NH where the winters are very long, and walking is less of a viable option for us in the winters due to the snowy and icy conditions of walkways; 6) The benefits of exercise are non-disputable, and we have found, first-hand, that our statistics as related to blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. have improved since we began swimming; 7) For the most part, our lives are quite sedentary, so it's 'a must' that we at least do this for ourselves!; and 7) We know that good health is a priority, especially as we age. We have nominated our local Fitness Center for consideration by SilverSneakers, and remain hopeful that a contract between them becomes a reality. Yes Berlin NH Yes Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Digital Member The Royalty Athletic Club - Gorham, NH No Image Available
11/28/2018 Johnny I feel stronger, more determined and more motivated A stronger level of determination is how I feel with my weekly exercise program. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I use my elliptical, abdomen cruncher and Gold gym weights for just under two hours, from 5 to 7 am. I hope to go from 176 pounds to 130/140, currently I weigh 154. I have learned that I get things done when I refuse to argue with myself about getting up, shorting the routine etc. I just get up and go to it and get it done. A stronger level of determination is how I feel with my weekly exercise program. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I use my elliptical, abdomen cruncher and Gold gym weights for just under two hours, from 5 to 7 am. I hope to go from 176 pounds to 130/140, currently I weigh 154. I have learned that I get things done when I refuse to argue with myself about getting up, shorting the routine etc. I just get up and go to it and get it done. Yes Harlingen TX Yes Humana Digital Member No Image Available
11/28/2018 Patricia My journey to fitness started My journey to fitness started when I fractured my back last November. I was seriously overweight and realized that I had to lose weight to help my back. I started walking - very slowly at first - but I gradually increased my distance until I could go for 2.5 miles on steep, hilly trails. Then I joined the Training Zone and learned about the SilverSneakers program! Now I go to the gym 3x a week. I have built up my strength tremendously doing the circuit resistance machines and have added some weight machines into the mix. I can actually see muscles in my arms now! I also started a ketogenic diet combined with Intermittent Fasting. So far I have lost 70 pounds! I feel so much better. In fact, I haven't had this much energy or stamina in decades. I LOVE SilverSneakers! My journey to fitness started when I fractured my back last November. I was seriously overweight and realized that I had to lose weight to help my back. I started walking - very slowly at first - but I gradually increased my distance until I could go for 2.5 miles on steep, hilly trails. Then I joined the Training Zone and learned about the SilverSneakers program! Now I go to the gym 3x a week. I have built up my strength tremendously doing the circuit resistance machines and have added some weight machines into the mix. I can actually see muscles in my arms now! I also started a ketogenic diet combined with Intermittent Fasting. So far I have lost 70 pounds! I feel so much better. In fact, I haven't had this much energy or stamina in decades. I LOVE SilverSneakers! Yes Penn Valley CA Yes Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Digital Member Training Zone, Grass Valley, CA No Image Available
11/28/2018 Johni Playing pickleball At age 80 I read about pickleball in a magazine and thought it sounded interesting so I found a place where they play and just got into it full swing. I'm now 83 and still play - usually 3 times a week. It's fun, you meet a lot of new people and the exercise is something that I feel helps keep my stamina up. Thanks to SilverSneakers that allows me to join these places where I don't even have to pay membership fees. At age 80 I read about pickleball in a magazine and thought it sounded interesting so I found a place where they play and just got into it full swing. I'm now 83 and still play - usually 3 times a week. It's fun, you meet a lot of new people and the exercise is something that I feel helps keep my stamina up. Thanks to SilverSneakers that allows me to join these places where I don't even have to pay membership fees. Yes West Saint Paul MN Yes Humana Digital Member Eagan YMCA, Veterans Memorial Community Center IGH No Image Available
11/28/2018 Vivian Not just for physical well-being Not jus for physical well-being, but going to a facility with like-minded seniors, is a real shot to my mental well-being. Living alone not only gets lonely but decreases ones ability to successfully converse with others. You kind of forget how to do that. It also decreases ones ability to see the importance of needing socialization in our life. Day after day of staying inside, alone, leads to another day after day until it becomes weeks and months. The people at the grocery store hate to see you coming because they don't really have time to talk except at checkout. Physical activity helps me with my diabetes and high blood pressure. I can decrease the amount of medication I take when I exercise on a regular basis. My doctor told me 8 months ago to keep up what I was doing because it was working. Well, I was doing it at home alone and didn't keep it up, therefore my medications increased to combat the poor diabetes and blood pressure levels. So SilverSneakers is going to help me turn those numbers around and give me camaraderie with others like me! Not jus for physical well-being, but going to a facility with like-minded seniors, is a real shot to my mental well-being. Living alone not only gets lonely but decreases ones ability to successfully converse with others. You kind of forget how to do that. It also decreases ones ability to see the importance of needing socialization in our life. Day after day of staying inside, alone, leads to another day after day until it becomes weeks and months. The people at the grocery store hate to see you coming because they don't really have time to talk except at checkout. Physical activity helps me with my diabetes and high blood pressure. I can decrease the amount of medication I take when I exercise on a regular basis. My doctor told me 8 months ago to keep up what I was doing because it was working. Well, I was doing it at home alone and didn't keep it up, therefore my medications increased to combat the poor diabetes and blood pressure levels. So SilverSneakers is going to help me turn those numbers around and give me camaraderie with others like me! Yes Byron GA Yes AARP Digital Member Tim's Gym Byron, GA
11/28/2018 Henry Since Grease the gym philosophy keeps us in motion I use the gym for health of mind and body. I like Physiculturism. I use the gym for health of mind and body. I like Physiculturism. Yes FL Yes Digital Member No Image Available
11/28/2018 Laurie No More Falling Down! I started going to exercise class to help get healthy. Little did I know it would help me with my neuropathy. I had balance issues, which the class has helped immensely. I haven’t fallen in two years! It’s great! I started going to exercise class to help get healthy. Little did I know it would help me with my neuropathy. I had balance issues, which the class has helped immensely. I haven’t fallen in two years! It’s great! Yes Mill Creek WV Yes Humana Digital Member YMCA No Image Available
11/28/2018 Les Preemptive strike for good health After returning home from my younger brother's funeral (he was 50 years old) I made a promise to make and keep myself fit. For the past 17 years, I have been to the gym 3 times a week and improved my diet. Jokingly, I still have all my original parts and they are working just fine. After returning home from my younger brother's funeral (he was 50 years old) I made a promise to make and keep myself fit. For the past 17 years, I have been to the gym 3 times a week and improved my diet. Jokingly, I still have all my original parts and they are working just fine. Yes Houston TX Yes United HealthCare Digital Member YMCA No Image Available
11/28/2018 Jesse Keep moving foward, sitting still gets you nowhere! Read my post on the SilverSneakers site I just posted! I'm 68 and feeling GREAT. I have arthritis and scoliosis and have no pain. I'm holistic and my scoliosis is straightening out. No medicine, now pain all gain. Read my post on the SilverSneakers site I just posted! I'm 68 and feeling GREAT. I have arthritis and scoliosis and have no pain. I'm holistic and my scoliosis is straightening out. No medicine, now pain all gain. Yes Ferris TX Yes Digital Member Ferris Texas SNAP, and Gold's gym Waxahachie Tx. No Image Available
11/28/2018 Jim Fit for Life I have always been into staying fit, whether playing sports, running or working out in a gym. My main motivation has always been that "I feel better" during the day and have more energy. The secondary benefit is that I really do not have to watch my weight and can eat, in moderation, about anything I want (big benefit). For years I ran about 6-8 miles a day and competed in 10Ks, 1/2 marathons and marathons. My goals then were speed and distance. My goals now as I have aged (72), are to stay in good shape and be able to do everything I enjoy. I no longer run, but concentrate on biking, swimming and other aerobic exercise. Working out and staying fit is equal to a good work ethic. I retired about 10 years ago, but still work 2-3 days a week. I still have more energy than my kids. I love the availability of SilverSneakers and use it at my local YMCA where I have been going for the past 20 years. Staying fit makes life better. I have always been into staying fit, whether playing sports, running or working out in a gym. My main motivation has always been that "I feel better" during the day and have more energy. The secondary benefit is that I really do not have to watch my weight and can eat, in moderation, about anything I want (big benefit). For years I ran about 6-8 miles a day and competed in 10Ks, 1/2 marathons and marathons. My goals then were speed and distance. My goals now as I have aged (72), are to stay in good shape and be able to do everything I enjoy. I no longer run, but concentrate on biking, swimming and other aerobic exercise. Working out and staying fit is equal to a good work ethic. I retired about 10 years ago, but still work 2-3 days a week. I still have more energy than my kids. I love the availability of SilverSneakers and use it at my local YMCA where I have been going for the past 20 years. Staying fit makes life better. Yes Calera AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member YMCA Pelham, AL No Image Available
11/28/2018 Pamela I’m healthy again I am disabled. Hurt my back at work 20 years ago. Have not been able to do very much and lost heart in trying. Quit trying to walk very much. After 3 failed surgeries I just gave up. Got divorced. Then after 15 years met a fantastic man online and he showed me a different world. I started caring about myself. Losing weight walking taking care of myself. I can move around better walk several times a day. If it hadn't been for God and my man I couldn't have done it. I am disabled. Hurt my back at work 20 years ago. Have not been able to do very much and lost heart in trying. Quit trying to walk very much. After 3 failed surgeries I just gave up. Got divorced. Then after 15 years met a fantastic man online and he showed me a different world. I started caring about myself. Losing weight walking taking care of myself. I can move around better walk several times a day. If it hadn't been for God and my man I couldn't have done it. Yes Lenoir NC Yes Digital Member No Image Available
11/28/2018 Donald Its never bad to be strong I have lost a spouse to breast cancer, a brother to lung cancer and worst, a young adult daughter who became an oncologist, to stomach cancer. I have had my bout with prostate cancer and some minor health issues. I have a loving and loved wife and daughter for whom I want to be alive and healthy for as long as possible. At 73 I know something will kill me, but I believe that being strong and active will help me be here and able to enjoy the love of my family, and allow me to love them. I believe that "use it or lose it" is more than just a hackneyed phrase. And as a scientist, being active allows me to experiment and see the results of differences in exercise and activity programs. I have lost a spouse to breast cancer, a brother to lung cancer and worst, a young adult daughter who became an oncologist, to stomach cancer. I have had my bout with prostate cancer and some minor health issues. I have a loving and loved wife and daughter for whom I want to be alive and healthy for as long as possible. At 73 I know something will kill me, but I believe that being strong and active will help me be here and able to enjoy the love of my family, and allow me to love them. I believe that "use it or lose it" is more than just a hackneyed phrase. And as a scientist, being active allows me to experiment and see the results of differences in exercise and activity programs. Yes CHESTERFIELD MO Yes United HealthCare Digital Member Golds Gym, The Formula, others No Image Available
11/28/2018 Raymond I have never been so busy After having coronary bypass which I am told has virtually become three of the four bypasses blocked after just 7 years and suffering a stroke and doing the normal PT both at home and at a rehab. I thought I was done with my way of living life. I discovered that there was a local "Stroke Wellness" program at a very minimal cost after SilverSneakers took care of my membership. Now Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for about two hours I can be found at the Y. They check my BP [blood pressure] and there are several trainers assigned specifically to assist those that need it and to be there for those of us who are able to work on our own to do so. Had it not been for SilverSneakers I would be nearly a vegetable. Through them and my gym membership I now garden once again. My wife I think is happy since I love to cook and do a lot of it. My life is not that of a recliner occupying lump. We do antique car shows and shopping and a lot more. I often say I have never been so busy as I am after flat-lining in the hospital. After having coronary bypass which I am told has virtually become three of the four bypasses blocked after just 7 years and suffering a stroke and doing the normal PT both at home and at a rehab. I thought I was done with my way of living life. I discovered that there was a local "Stroke Wellness" program at a very minimal cost after SilverSneakers took care of my membership. Now Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for about two hours I can be found at the Y. They check my BP [blood pressure] and there are several trainers assigned specifically to assist those that need it and to be there for those of us who are able to work on our own to do so. Had it not been for SilverSneakers I would be nearly a vegetable. Through them and my gym membership I now garden once again. My wife I think is happy since I love to cook and do a lot of it. My life is not that of a recliner occupying lump. We do antique car shows and shopping and a lot more. I often say I have never been so busy as I am after flat-lining in the hospital. Yes Ormond Beach FL Yes Humana Digital Member Ormond Beach "YMCA" No Image Available
11/21/2018 Henry Fitness is now an important part of my life. I was obese, with troubles on heart [sic], almost diabetic, daily migraine, balance problems, colon problems and other ailments. Now with three years making [the gym a priority] I am another person. That is why the gym is a central part of my life. I do my workouts with faith and endurance. I was obese, with troubles on heart [sic], almost diabetic, daily migraine, balance problems, colon problems and other ailments. Now with three years making [the gym a priority] I am another person. That is why the gym is a central part of my life. I do my workouts with faith and endurance. Yes Belleveiw FL Yes Wellcare NY-CT-IL-FL-GA Digital Member Too your Health Spa, Belleview No Image Available
11/20/2018 Jose Stop being lazy I stopped exercising a year ago. Thanks to SilverSneakers I got a membership in Radcliff, Kentucky Planet Fitness. Now I exercise almost every day as time permits. I stopped exercising a year ago. Thanks to SilverSneakers I got a membership in Radcliff, Kentucky Planet Fitness. Now I exercise almost every day as time permits. Yes Vine Grove KY Yes Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Digital Member Radcliff, Kentuck Planet Fitness No Image Available
11/20/2018 Harold It’s all about the variety I have always been active through team and group sports. Aging has limited my options in the area of team sports, ie. Soccer, basketball, etc. As a result, I have transitioned to more low impact activities to maintain my level of fitness. To do this, I had to join the local YMCA (Fulton County, NY). The local Y is the only facility in the area with a pool and I enjoy swimming. Swimming helps one control breathing, limit impact on joints and it’s a total body workout. Unfortunately, my local Y is the only Y in the Albany area (17) that does not take SilverSneakers. Not quite sure why. There have been so many positive consequences since joining the Y. I have the opportunity to vary my activities by participating in group exercise classes like Spinning, Balance Ball, Zumba and Pickleball. I try to do at least one class of each a week to ensure that all muscle groups are being worked in a variety of ways. These classes, combined with swimming and a day of elliptical activity help me maintain a good level of fitness. One of the unforeseen benefits of joining was the social stimulation. Group exercises classes are physically as well as socially beneficial. I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of people who are fitness conscious. As a result, I feel I have a support group that motivates me even more to show up to enjoy their company and stay healthy. Recently, I went through a period of depression concerning my upcoming 70th birthday. I lost my motivation to exercise. Thank goodness my wife continually encouraged me to go to the gym, and stay active. Even though there were days I felt like “what’s the use." Or "It doesn’t matter” when I began to exercise. By the time I was done, I had gotten beyond the negative, cleared my mind, and was grateful for the opportunity to be healthy! At my most recent annual physical exam all health criteria are in the normal range without the use of medication. My HDL cholesterol was 90!! My physician attributes that to staying active and making sure I excercise vigorously 4 to 5 times a week. I have always been active through team and group sports. Aging has limited my options in the area of team sports, ie. Soccer, basketball, etc. As a result, I have transitioned to more low impact activities to maintain my level of fitness. To do this, I had to join the local YMCA (Fulton County, NY). The local Y is the only facility in the area with a pool and I enjoy swimming. Swimming helps one control breathing, limit impact on joints and it’s a total body workout. Unfortunately, my local Y is the only Y in the Albany area (17) that does not take SilverSneakers. Not quite sure why. There have been so many positive consequences since joining the Y. I have the opportunity to vary my activities by participating in group exercise classes like Spinning, Balance Ball, Zumba and Pickleball. I try to do at least one class of each a week to ensure that all muscle groups are being worked in a variety of ways. These classes, combined with swimming and a day of elliptical activity help me maintain a good level of fitness. One of the unforeseen benefits of joining was the social stimulation. Group exercises classes are physically as well as socially beneficial. I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of people who are fitness conscious. As a result, I feel I have a support group that motivates me even more to show up to enjoy their company and stay healthy. Recently, I went through a period of depression concerning my upcoming 70th birthday. I lost my motivation to exercise. Thank goodness my wife continually encouraged me to go to the gym, and stay active. Even though there were days I felt like “what’s the use." Or "It doesn’t matter” when I began to exercise. By the time I was done, I had gotten beyond the negative, cleared my mind, and was grateful for the opportunity to be healthy! At my most recent annual physical exam all health criteria are in the normal range without the use of medication. My HDL cholesterol was 90!! My physician attributes that to staying active and making sure I excercise vigorously 4 to 5 times a week. Yes Gloversville NY Yes BlueShield of Northeast NY Digital Member Please enquirer as to why YMCA of Fulton City will not recognize SilverSneakers No Image Available
11/20/2018 Carol Going the distance I started SilverSneakers Classic about 18 months after retirement. I really enjoyed the exercises and the social aspect of the program. It was just what I needed to get started. Then I got in better shape and the exercises were too easy. People said I was showing off. I mentioned it to my personal trainer. Started going to yoga and working on the machines. My gym started a SilverSneakers BOOM class and it has been a real challenge for me. I enjoy this class and am in the best shape ever. One day I will be back in the Classic class but not anytime soon. Thank you SilverSneakers for thinking of us Golden Agers. I started SilverSneakers Classic about 18 months after retirement. I really enjoyed the exercises and the social aspect of the program. It was just what I needed to get started. Then I got in better shape and the exercises were too easy. People said I was showing off. I mentioned it to my personal trainer. Started going to yoga and working on the machines. My gym started a SilverSneakers BOOM class and it has been a real challenge for me. I enjoy this class and am in the best shape ever. One day I will be back in the Classic class but not anytime soon. Thank you SilverSneakers for thinking of us Golden Agers. Yes Port Orchard WA Yes Kaiser Permanente Digital Member OlympicFitnessCenter No Image Available
11/20/2018 F.R. Very fit from age 22 All through high school I was seriously bullied partly because I was a bit smaller than the other kids and partly because I had no game skills. Because physical education classes were all about playing basketball, football, baseball and volleyball, the fact that I couldn't bat a ball, catch a ball, shoot baskets, etc., meant that I was relentlessly bullied. However, I wasn't really unfit; I could do more chin-ups than the other kids and run faster, but that didn't count. At the earliest opportunity, i.e., when I was 22, I took up weight lifting and judo. That made an immense difference in my self-confident. At the beeches I could overhear comments about my muscles. I am now 80 and still workout in a gym. I also walk long distances and ride a bicycle. I can do things that most people my age cannot do. I definitely believe that spending the time necessary to be physically fit is time well-spent! The photo is of me taken recently, age 80. All through high school I was seriously bullied partly because I was a bit smaller than the other kids and partly because I had no game skills. Because physical education classes were all about playing basketball, football, baseball and volleyball, the fact that I couldn't bat a ball, catch a ball, shoot baskets, etc., meant that I was relentlessly bullied. However, I wasn't really unfit; I could do more chin-ups than the other kids and run faster, but that didn't count. At the earliest opportunity, i.e., when I was 22, I took up weight lifting and judo. That made an immense difference in my self-confident. At the beeches I could overhear comments about my muscles. I am now 80 and still workout in a gym. I also walk long distances and ride a bicycle. I can do things that most people my age cannot do. I definitely believe that spending the time necessary to be physically fit is time well-spent! The photo is of me taken recently, age 80. Yes Albuquerque NM Yes Digital Member Anytime Fitness
11/20/2018 Gabriel Staying fit. Hi, I am a runner, I have been running since I was 18 years old. I am also a tennis player. For me it is a good combination, I have been running 5ks and 10ks and playing tennis up until I turned 50 years old, Then I said " It's time for me to run a marathon" and yes I increased my running to more miles and in 1993 I ran my first marathon, I finished it in 3:43. Since then I ran 20 marathons in a row, the last one I ran was very painful, then I switched to half marathons. I am up to now 5 Half Marathons. When I was 12 years old I learned music playing marimba and since all these years I learned to play the organ I do it in church every Sunday. On rainy days I go to the YMCA to train. Hi, I am a runner, I have been running since I was 18 years old. I am also a tennis player. For me it is a good combination, I have been running 5ks and 10ks and playing tennis up until I turned 50 years old, Then I said " It's time for me to run a marathon" and yes I increased my running to more miles and in 1993 I ran my first marathon, I finished it in 3:43. Since then I ran 20 marathons in a row, the last one I ran was very painful, then I switched to half marathons. I am up to now 5 Half Marathons. When I was 12 years old I learned music playing marimba and since all these years I learned to play the organ I do it in church every Sunday. On rainy days I go to the YMCA to train. Yes Houston TX Yes Humana Digital Member 8008 Pease in downtown Houston. No Image Available
11/20/2018 Robert Pickleball I think you will find the game of Pickleball will help you keep fit and motivated. I found that it helped get me out of house and find new friends. I think you will find the game of Pickleball will help you keep fit and motivated. I found that it helped get me out of house and find new friends. Yes Cypress TX Yes Digital Member Cypress YMCA No Image Available
11/20/2018 Terry Giving you feedback Being old and single it has provided Ann a opportunity to visit people . I have spent a lifetime taking care of others and not myself. I have worked with over 4,000 troubled or in trouble kids and some adults in the last 30 years. I had a big injury to my back from the military. There is the VA which I don't mind working with their patients they are not cooperative in getting any thing done. The program you have has helped me walk again. No running. I still hurt but I can bend over and do things I could not do before. The instructor we have is fantastic. She is caring to a bunch of old people and to our needs. She pushes us only as far as we can go. I recomend this program to people I know. Thank you. Being old and single it has provided Ann a opportunity to visit people . I have spent a lifetime taking care of others and not myself. I have worked with over 4,000 troubled or in trouble kids and some adults in the last 30 years. I had a big injury to my back from the military. There is the VA which I don't mind working with their patients they are not cooperative in getting any thing done. The program you have has helped me walk again. No running. I still hurt but I can bend over and do things I could not do before. The instructor we have is fantastic. She is caring to a bunch of old people and to our needs. She pushes us only as far as we can go. I recomend this program to people I know. Thank you. Yes Salem OR No AARP Digital Member West Salem No Image Available
11/20/2018 Catherine SilverSneakers Superstars Hello, My journey started back in 2013, when I was forced into early retirement because Corporate America said I was too old to work anymore. So I was terminated, mind you I was with this particular corporate company for shy of one week anniversary of 14 years. My self esteem was so low!! I worried about who would hire me. Then a miracle happened!! My daughter asked me to move to Nevada to be closer to them. So my sis and I packed up and moved to Nevada is n 2015. In 2016 I was victim of Identity theft. I was starting my business, entering my prospect's order on my laptop!! And then it happened - flashing words " VIRUS" call this # to speak to Microsoft Tech. Well you guessed it I was talking to the scammers. Let's just say I lost. They won all my money and then some, thanks to my bank. By the way who I no longer do business with. Then to make matters worse; I was a victim of Catfished not once but twice!! So you could imagine the shape I was in!!:I was heavy weight at 214 pounds and out of shape. I lost all trust in mankind I wanted nothing to do with Facebook, which by the way I never knew about till my daughter set me up on account. So in creeps 2017 my miracle year!! I went in for a wellness checkup. And there it was in my mamogram in Feb. I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast Cancer. First in my family to be blessed with; dare I say it Cancer. My whole life changed from that moment to present. I got on clean eating program with I am sure you have all heard of Beach Bodies. Well I started working out with their videos. Little by little I saw a transformation of myself. I was loosing weight, my clothes were fitting me loosely. Then it happened I learned about EFT TAPPING techniques. And incorporated that into my daily routine. Then in May of 2018 I was invited to Grand Opening of 24-Hour Fitness center. And once again I was blessed with you folks offering us seniors an alternative to a healthie life style of living through SilverSneakers fitness clases. Can you imagine my excitement to be with others who want to improve their health and well-being!! And look and behold (sic) our SilverSneakers Superstars were born!! I went from a no confidence, low self-esteem, no chance of happines. With the worst weight problems ever, went from 214 pounds to 160 pounds. Standing tall improved my posture, not to mention meeting new long-lasting friendships. Getting healthy, having the support and encouragement from the front desk staff members to my personal trainers Tori and Jason on the elliptical machine one-on-one training. My water Aquatics with Sam and Janna & Jenna. Feeling better than I had in a long time!! You have no idea how much you have done for me and I brag about you all the time to total strangers!! Who knew I had a voice!! You all gave me the confidence to start my health and wellness business, and to take necessary steps to hopefully be a SilverSneakers fitness coach like our amazing "JOY CEE" who is our training guru!! She is caring compassionate about everything she does, so much that I missed almost 2 month worth of workouts in class due to very fatiqued condition barely able to lift myselfy to get energy enough to get out of bed. Praying to God what is wrong with me is my cancer back!! I chalked it up to my cancer free medication!! Then Joy my SilverSneaker Coach reached out to me checking in every week on our SilverSneakers Superstars Facebook group that by the way she went the extra mile to form, to keep in touch with her class members!! You see we are not just a class if Seniors!! We're family!! Formulating lasting relationship with one another. Joy and this group is what literally saved my life. Got me the strength to return back to my workout routines, I can honestly say this has been a major turning point in my life. I have a loving boyfriend Paul who has joined me in our healthy journey. I owe my continued success and confidence, and determination, to the great Coach and 24-Hour Fitness center. I pray my story inspires those who might feel intimidated by working out in public places. We have all been where you are!! We support one another there is no judgement here. We have fun!! Give us a chance!! Come Join Us!! I guarantee you wont be sorry!! Thank you for allowing me to share my story Blessings ? PS. Thank you for adding Senior Fitness Video's, we come in on weekends and use them in the fitness room. It's Great!! Hello, My journey started back in 2013, when I was forced into early retirement because Corporate America said I was too old to work anymore. So I was terminated, mind you I was with this particular corporate company for shy of one week anniversary of 14 years. My self esteem was so low!! I worried about who would hire me. Then a miracle happened!! My daughter asked me to move to Nevada to be closer to them. So my sis and I packed up and moved to Nevada is n 2015. In 2016 I was victim of Identity theft. I was starting my business, entering my prospect's order on my laptop!! And then it happened - flashing words " VIRUS" call this # to speak to Microsoft Tech. Well you guessed it I was talking to the scammers. Let's just say I lost. They won all my money and then some, thanks to my bank. By the way who I no longer do business with. Then to make matters worse; I was a victim of Catfished not once but twice!! So you could imagine the shape I was in!!:I was heavy weight at 214 pounds and out of shape. I lost all trust in mankind I wanted nothing to do with Facebook, which by the way I never knew about till my daughter set me up on account. So in creeps 2017 my miracle year!! I went in for a wellness checkup. And there it was in my mamogram in Feb. I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast Cancer. First in my family to be blessed with; dare I say it Cancer. My whole life changed from that moment to present. I got on clean eating program with I am sure you have all heard of Beach Bodies. Well I started working out with their videos. Little by little I saw a transformation of myself. I was loosing weight, my clothes were fitting me loosely. Then it happened I learned about EFT TAPPING techniques. And incorporated that into my daily routine. Then in May of 2018 I was invited to Grand Opening of 24-Hour Fitness center. And once again I was blessed with you folks offering us seniors an alternative to a healthie life style of living through SilverSneakers fitness clases. Can you imagine my excitement to be with others who want to improve their health and well-being!! And look and behold (sic) our SilverSneakers Superstars were born!! I went from a no confidence, low self-esteem, no chance of happines. With the worst weight problems ever, went from 214 pounds to 160 pounds. Standing tall improved my posture, not to mention meeting new long-lasting friendships. Getting healthy, having the support and encouragement from the front desk staff members to my personal trainers Tori and Jason on the elliptical machine one-on-one training. My water Aquatics with Sam and Janna & Jenna. Feeling better than I had in a long time!! You have no idea how much you have done for me and I brag about you all the time to total strangers!! Who knew I had a voice!! You all gave me the confidence to start my health and wellness business, and to take necessary steps to hopefully be a SilverSneakers fitness coach like our amazing "JOY CEE" who is our training guru!! She is caring compassionate about everything she does, so much that I missed almost 2 month worth of workouts in class due to very fatiqued condition barely able to lift myselfy to get energy enough to get out of bed. Praying to God what is wrong with me is my cancer back!! I chalked it up to my cancer free medication!! Then Joy my SilverSneaker Coach reached out to me checking in every week on our SilverSneakers Superstars Facebook group that by the way she went the extra mile to form, to keep in touch with her class members!! You see we are not just a class if Seniors!! We're family!! Formulating lasting relationship with one another. Joy and this group is what literally saved my life. Got me the strength to return back to my workout routines, I can honestly say this has been a major turning point in my life. I have a loving boyfriend Paul who has joined me in our healthy journey. I owe my continued success and confidence, and determination, to the great Coach and 24-Hour Fitness center. I pray my story inspires those who might feel intimidated by working out in public places. We have all been where you are!! We support one another there is no judgement here. We have fun!! Give us a chance!! Come Join Us!! I guarantee you wont be sorry!! Thank you for allowing me to share my story Blessings ? PS. Thank you for adding Senior Fitness Video's, we come in on weekends and use them in the fitness room. It's Great!! Yes Henderson NV Yes Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Digital Member Mountain View
11/20/2018 Linda Yoga/Pilates workout The classes have helped me with my flexibility. I am nearing 70 (in two years) and have never felt better. My only problem is my membership doesn’t include other clubs except the Livonia club. I love staying fit especially when we travel out of state. We are seniors and have to pay extra for other clubs but on a limited budget we cannot do it. The classes have helped me with my flexibility. I am nearing 70 (in two years) and have never felt better. My only problem is my membership doesn’t include other clubs except the Livonia club. I love staying fit especially when we travel out of state. We are seniors and have to pay extra for other clubs but on a limited budget we cannot do it. Yes Dearborn Heights MI Yes AARP Digital Member Not accepted at L.A. Fitness No Image Available
11/20/2018 Emma Total knee repair I have been a member of SilverSneakers since April 2018. These chair exercises have help me to keep my legs stronger preparing for surgery. Surgery was done on November 14, 2018. I was home the next afternoon. I have been doing exercises and walking without problems. It hurts a little but the pain medications have helped me a lot. The SilverSneakers program is great. I have been a member of SilverSneakers since April 2018. These chair exercises have help me to keep my legs stronger preparing for surgery. Surgery was done on November 14, 2018. I was home the next afternoon. I have been doing exercises and walking without problems. It hurts a little but the pain medications have helped me a lot. The SilverSneakers program is great. Yes Chino CA Yes Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Digital Member YMCA Chino No Image Available
11/20/2018 Oscar AARP jerks our SilverSneakers benefits My wife and I were doing really good at the fitness center. We were getting in shape and losing weight. I was lifting as much weight as guys 50 years younger than me. About a month ago, AARP sent us a letter saying no more SilverSneakers coverage. They said we would be able to get a good deal from a YMCA. The nearest YMCA is a 3-hour drive (one way) from us. Do these idiots think we are going to spend 6 hours a day, 3 or 4 times a week plus about $100 a day for gas to work out? On top of that, AARP raised our monthly premium from $345 to $390. What a bunch of jerks! We called them and got some "smart-mouthed" answers. My wife and I were doing really good at the fitness center. We were getting in shape and losing weight. I was lifting as much weight as guys 50 years younger than me. About a month ago, AARP sent us a letter saying no more SilverSneakers coverage. They said we would be able to get a good deal from a YMCA. The nearest YMCA is a 3-hour drive (one way) from us. Do these idiots think we are going to spend 6 hours a day, 3 or 4 times a week plus about $100 a day for gas to work out? On top of that, AARP raised our monthly premium from $345 to $390. What a bunch of jerks! We called them and got some "smart-mouthed" answers. Yes Snowflake AZ Yes AARP Digital Member None AARP decided not to cover fitness centers on our suplimental anymore No Image Available
11/20/2018 Ann Learning something old all over again I'm 70 years old and have been doing SilverSneakers for the last five years. When I started, I did for the usual reasons. I never exercised, really didn't like to walk except to exercise my dogs. But the one thing I discovered that scared me to death was how really bad my balance had become. I had danced for many years when I was younger and never gave balance much thought. I know better now! My weight has dropped significantly, which pleases my doctor very much. But through balance exercises and strength training exercises, I have improved in so many areas. I walk much better (and for relaxation), and feel much more stable. So, thanks to my YMCA and SilverSneakers! You've made an incredible difference in my life. I'm 70 years old and have been doing SilverSneakers for the last five years. When I started, I did for the usual reasons. I never exercised, really didn't like to walk except to exercise my dogs. But the one thing I discovered that scared me to death was how really bad my balance had become. I had danced for many years when I was younger and never gave balance much thought. I know better now! My weight has dropped significantly, which pleases my doctor very much. But through balance exercises and strength training exercises, I have improved in so many areas. I walk much better (and for relaxation), and feel much more stable. So, thanks to my YMCA and SilverSneakers! You've made an incredible difference in my life. Yes Narraganstt RI Yes Digital Member South County YMCA, RI No Image Available
11/18/2018 Gordon I am 60 have COPD & osteoarthritis I was diagnosed with COPD in 2009. I've been on a journey of a better quality life through healthy eating and vitamins and herbs! I lost my wife to stage 4 (times 2) breast cancer preceded by my mother of cancer! I've persued and are persueing to be able to achieve healthy living to cut down illness!! To spend quality time with grandchildren and children! So now that I have a bit more energy and now desire I would like to see where it leads me! I was diagnosed with COPD in 2009. I've been on a journey of a better quality life through healthy eating and vitamins and herbs! I lost my wife to stage 4 (times 2) breast cancer preceded by my mother of cancer! I've persued and are persueing to be able to achieve healthy living to cut down illness!! To spend quality time with grandchildren and children! So now that I have a bit more energy and now desire I would like to see where it leads me! Yes Cantonment FL Yes Florida Blue Digital Member Nine mile swim in past, closed a while back hoping for new No Image Available
11/18/2018 Silvia It is a privilege It is a privilege to enyoy this beneficios [benefit]. It is a privilege to enyoy this beneficios [benefit]. Yes Phx Yes Digital Member No Image Available
11/13/2018 Xiomara Love SilverSneakers! I've always liked to exercise, but when I worked I did not find time. Now that I am retired, I found this excellent program that has resulted in a great experience. Going to SilverSneakers classes gives a sense to my days. I stay active, it's fun and it has given me a noticeable improvement in a hip pain I suffered. I feel more agile and strong, I have noticed that the exercises are improving my balance, which for me is important since I suffer from vertigo and I always fear falling. They are also favorable to prevent osteoporosis that stalks me. My instructor, Jacqueline Zitelli, is fabulous. Her joy and energy are contagious. I recommend it to all seniors and not so seniors who have time to attend these classes. I've always liked to exercise, but when I worked I did not find time. Now that I am retired, I found this excellent program that has resulted in a great experience. Going to SilverSneakers classes gives a sense to my days. I stay active, it's fun and it has given me a noticeable improvement in a hip pain I suffered. I feel more agile and strong, I have noticed that the exercises are improving my balance, which for me is important since I suffer from vertigo and I always fear falling. They are also favorable to prevent osteoporosis that stalks me. My instructor, Jacqueline Zitelli, is fabulous. Her joy and energy are contagious. I recommend it to all seniors and not so seniors who have time to attend these classes. Yes FL No Humana Digital Member YouFit Health Clubs, Greenacres, Florida
11/13/2018 Richard A lifetime of Running [I am] age 80. Running started September 1953 in Sophomore year in High School. Cross-Country and Track. I continued running in Division One at Manhattan College in New York City 1956-1958. I never stopped after College. Still running. Age-Group 75-79 10K Gold in NSGA Games in Cleveland in 2013. Age-Group Bronze 5K run in NSGA in 2015. Four qualifying medals in NY Stage Senior Games in 2018, 5K and 10K runs silver, 800-meter and 1500 meter runs track, Gold. Looking at NSGA in 2019 if body working. in medal range. Photos attached. [I am] age 80. Running started September 1953 in Sophomore year in High School. Cross-Country and Track. I continued running in Division One at Manhattan College in New York City 1956-1958. I never stopped after College. Still running. Age-Group 75-79 10K Gold in NSGA Games in Cleveland in 2013. Age-Group Bronze 5K run in NSGA in 2015. Four qualifying medals in NY Stage Senior Games in 2018, 5K and 10K runs silver, 800-meter and 1500 meter runs track, Gold. Looking at NSGA in 2019 if body working. in medal range. Photos attached. Yes Vestal NY Yes Aetna Digital Member Southern Tier Physical Therapy, Vestal, New York
11/12/2018 Richard The best care I am doing this for my family and myself. I am doing this for my family and myself. Yes Orlando FL Yes CarePlus Digital Member LA fitnes
11/12/2018 Eileen I love exercise I have been a lap swimmer for years. I would do one mile two days a week. There came a time when I needed weight bearing exercise too. In 2006 I joined Curves. It was the best decision for me. I love my workouts, and have made lots of new friends. It is easy to go, because I know how much better I feel when I finish. I look forward to each visit four days a week. It is both a physical workout and a little social on the side. Both are good for me. I enjoy long walks, but once the weather turns to snow and ice, I add one more day at Curves whenever possible. I still swim two days a week and feel great after I am finished. I am 74 years old , and believe that I will workout for as long as I am able. My cholesterol ratios are good and I believe exercise plays a part in that. Flexibility is important to me, and I believe that exercise helps out with that too. When I retired, SilverSneakers, was a pure gift. I was able to keep working out and swimming. I love what I am doing. I have been a lap swimmer for years. I would do one mile two days a week. There came a time when I needed weight bearing exercise too. In 2006 I joined Curves. It was the best decision for me. I love my workouts, and have made lots of new friends. It is easy to go, because I know how much better I feel when I finish. I look forward to each visit four days a week. It is both a physical workout and a little social on the side. Both are good for me. I enjoy long walks, but once the weather turns to snow and ice, I add one more day at Curves whenever possible. I still swim two days a week and feel great after I am finished. I am 74 years old , and believe that I will workout for as long as I am able. My cholesterol ratios are good and I believe exercise plays a part in that. Flexibility is important to me, and I believe that exercise helps out with that too. When I retired, SilverSneakers, was a pure gift. I was able to keep working out and swimming. I love what I am doing. Yes North Olmsted OH Yes Digital Member Curves in Fairview Park, Ohio, and North Omsted Recreation Center No Image Available
11/10/2018 Susan Be good to your joints I was having trouble with my knees. Thanks to SilverSneakers, I joined the Y. Love it!!!!! I started to do strengthening exercises to get some muscle back. Low and behold, my knees quit hurting and I am now able to do squats. Who would have thought???? I saw what exercise did for my knees, that keeps me motivated. I go to the Y a minimum of three times per week. I am hooked!!!! I was having trouble with my knees. Thanks to SilverSneakers, I joined the Y. Love it!!!!! I started to do strengthening exercises to get some muscle back. Low and behold, my knees quit hurting and I am now able to do squats. Who would have thought???? I saw what exercise did for my knees, that keeps me motivated. I go to the Y a minimum of three times per week. I am hooked!!!! Yes Maple Grove MN Yes Medica HealthCare Digital Member New Hope, MN No Image Available
11/10/2018 Leigh I’m moving again. I went on permanent disability suddenly at 62, with what turned out to be a progressive back injury from my career (RN in operating room). I saw Drs. and had PT, epidural steroid injections until they failed to work and Gabapentin pain meds. Then I had a spinal cord stimulator inserted along with the meds. For six years I spent the days laying in bed or sitting/lying on the sofa. I was socially isolated, basically only leaving the house to go to the supermarket. I became eligible three years ago for the SilverSneakers program, it took me until this past July to sign up for it, then until mid September to actually go to my local Y and start doing Tai Chi, SilverSneakers and Water Exercise programs. I know I am doing too much too soon after so long, but I'm enjoying the socialization as well as starting to get myself moving again. Tonight I'm going to the opera with three ladies from my water excise class. I went on permanent disability suddenly at 62, with what turned out to be a progressive back injury from my career (RN in operating room). I saw Drs. and had PT, epidural steroid injections until they failed to work and Gabapentin pain meds. Then I had a spinal cord stimulator inserted along with the meds. For six years I spent the days laying in bed or sitting/lying on the sofa. I was socially isolated, basically only leaving the house to go to the supermarket. I became eligible three years ago for the SilverSneakers program, it took me until this past July to sign up for it, then until mid September to actually go to my local Y and start doing Tai Chi, SilverSneakers and Water Exercise programs. I know I am doing too much too soon after so long, but I'm enjoying the socialization as well as starting to get myself moving again. Tonight I'm going to the opera with three ladies from my water excise class. Yes Phoenix AZ Yes Humana Digital Member No Image Available
11/09/2018 Nestor Happy at 67 While I always suffer with back pain, I love that saying a body in motion stays in motion.I believe active exercise keeps me young and having a great attitude for life. While I always suffer with back pain, I love that saying a body in motion stays in motion.I believe active exercise keeps me young and having a great attitude for life. Yes Cyress CA Yes Care1st Digital Member Hawaiian Gardens
11/09/2018 Henry Fitness of Independence Staying fit, exercising regularly and trying to eat the right foods improves my chances of remaining independent for additional years. Staying fit, exercising regularly and trying to eat the right foods improves my chances of remaining independent for additional years. Yes Columbus OH Yes Digital Member prairie township community center No Image Available
11/08/2018 Brian It is true After I had a stroke, my doctor told me it was important to start making aerobic exercise part of my routine. One day I got some mail from SilverSneakers and I read over it. It was like getting a sweepstakes in the mail. It sounded too good to be true. I can get free gym access to many gyms. So I tried it. It was true. I joined five local gyms. I met new friends at each gym and they keep me motivated to workout. After I had a stroke, my doctor told me it was important to start making aerobic exercise part of my routine. One day I got some mail from SilverSneakers and I read over it. It was like getting a sweepstakes in the mail. It sounded too good to be true. I can get free gym access to many gyms. So I tried it. It was true. I joined five local gyms. I met new friends at each gym and they keep me motivated to workout. Yes Winston Salem NC Yes Digital Member No Image Available
11/08/2018 Drendia Fit and Flirty at 67 Two years ago I weighed in at 293. We had just arrived in Hawaii for a Pearl Harbor celebration and I was so excited to get my vacation started at the beach. I put on a less-than-appealing swimsuit and looked in the mirror. I was horrified to say the least. I felt sick to my stomach. I took that ugly suit off and put my pajamas on and ordered room service. Well, the vacation was fun, but I didn’t get in the ocean at all. I returned home 10 days later and started going to Aqua classes then progressing to SilverSneakers. Today I am at 171 pounds instead of 293 pounds and I owe a big part of my weight loss to my SilverSneakers workout regimen. I also owe myself for sticking with it and learning how to make the gym a great place instead of a scary place. It doesn’t matter how much you weigh, it matters that you are aware and can workout to lose those pounds. It also matters that I’ve met so many great people of all ages at the different gyms I attend. Friends for life. Thank you SilverSneakers. Drendia Two years ago I weighed in at 293. We had just arrived in Hawaii for a Pearl Harbor celebration and I was so excited to get my vacation started at the beach. I put on a less-than-appealing swimsuit and looked in the mirror. I was horrified to say the least. I felt sick to my stomach. I took that ugly suit off and put my pajamas on and ordered room service. Well, the vacation was fun, but I didn’t get in the ocean at all. I returned home 10 days later and started going to Aqua classes then progressing to SilverSneakers. Today I am at 171 pounds instead of 293 pounds and I owe a big part of my weight loss to my SilverSneakers workout regimen. I also owe myself for sticking with it and learning how to make the gym a great place instead of a scary place. It doesn’t matter how much you weigh, it matters that you are aware and can workout to lose those pounds. It also matters that I’ve met so many great people of all ages at the different gyms I attend. Friends for life. Thank you SilverSneakers. Drendia Yes San Diego CA Yes United HealthCare Digital Member Navajo, Stadium, El Cajon, Santee, Grossmont
11/08/2018 Tibor I play seven days several I play seven days several hours of pickle ball or hike three to six miles six days a week. I'm 87 years young and by the grace of the Lord our creator I'm healthy. I'm taking only one medication. No flu shots and I try to maintain my rule to have annual phisical once every 35 years. I'm not a cash cow for greasy medical practitioners. I play seven days several hours of pickle ball or hike three to six miles six days a week. I'm 87 years young and by the grace of the Lord our creator I'm healthy. I'm taking only one medication. No flu shots and I try to maintain my rule to have annual phisical once every 35 years. I'm not a cash cow for greasy medical practitioners. Yes Varies every 3 weeks Yes Digital Member No Image Available
11/08/2018 Linda Better Feeling for Self and Others SilverSneakers has been a lifechanging experience for me since I retired at age 75. You know after working all those years, being isolated at home just wasn't going to cut it!! Upon joining United Health as my Supplement, I was told about the SilverSneakers program..that has been a life saver for the past three years, going to the gym, and especially In-Shape in Monterey. We have a beautiful pool, sauna, steam room, and of course the hot tub...what more could we ask for? Well, I guess I would ask for the same service we are enjoying at the present time to continue. Full use of the facilities and not having to drag wet towels home every day..(towel service is a very big help)!! All the seniors that use the gym have one or more Doctors, so we really need the actual exercise, instead of Doctor advise..please, for the sake of our old bodies and bones, keep the SilverSneakers program going as is, let it still be free and part of the benefits we need. SilverSneakers has been a lifechanging experience for me since I retired at age 75. You know after working all those years, being isolated at home just wasn't going to cut it!! Upon joining United Health as my Supplement, I was told about the SilverSneakers program..that has been a life saver for the past three years, going to the gym, and especially In-Shape in Monterey. We have a beautiful pool, sauna, steam room, and of course the hot tub...what more could we ask for? Well, I guess I would ask for the same service we are enjoying at the present time to continue. Full use of the facilities and not having to drag wet towels home every day..(towel service is a very big help)!! All the seniors that use the gym have one or more Doctors, so we really need the actual exercise, instead of Doctor advise..please, for the sake of our old bodies and bones, keep the SilverSneakers program going as is, let it still be free and part of the benefits we need. Yes Yes Digital Member No Image Available
11/08/2018 Michael Just Being Healthy As you get older you realize your limitations have changed! This does not mean you stop working out. It means you re-evaluate where you are and set up a new program to meet your needs. SilverSneakers is great for this! I now have a new routine for my lifestyle. I love it! As you get older you realize your limitations have changed! This does not mean you stop working out. It means you re-evaluate where you are and set up a new program to meet your needs. SilverSneakers is great for this! I now have a new routine for my lifestyle. I love it! Yes San Diego CA Yes Kaiser Permanente Digital Member Personally Fit
11/08/2018 Iri Losing weight/fat from abdomen and hips etc. Build muscle Been going to aquatics classes six days a week for about seven months . Have lost 13-17 pounds and loss from 43 to 37. Trying to work on abdomen and stock/legs. I’m want to be built. I’m 65 will be 66 in January Been going to aquatics classes six days a week for about seven months . Have lost 13-17 pounds and loss from 43 to 37. Trying to work on abdomen and stock/legs. I’m want to be built. I’m 65 will be 66 in January Yes West Palm Beach FL Yes Digital Member
11/07/2018 Joy Keeps me sane I exercise daily for at least an hour for the following reasons.1-keeping my mental health from depression 2-to socialize 3-for weight control. Getting out of the house everyday is necessary. Since retiring I need a routine of sorts and people seeing me everyday to ask how I am and vice versa. I exercise daily for at least an hour for the following reasons.1-keeping my mental health from depression 2-to socialize 3-for weight control. Getting out of the house everyday is necessary. Since retiring I need a routine of sorts and people seeing me everyday to ask how I am and vice versa. Yes West Palm Beach FL Yes Humana Digital Member Crunch LA fitness. ROCK fitness No Image Available
11/07/2018 Donna I want to remain an Active Senior in Good Health I can tell you from experience, you either use it or you lose it. Yes, I know. You have heard that a million times - still don't believe? I am here to tell you, it is true. You need to keep the muscles and bones in your body strong and the only way to do that is to move them. So the SilverSneaker program is designed to help us aging individuals do just that - in a friendly, enjoyable atmosphere where we exercise our whole body safely. When I was at my Primary Care Doctor just two weeks ago, she said I am the "youngest" almost 72 (in December) year old she has ever seen. Young for even some 60 year olds. And the healthiest! So, yes! SilverSneakers exercises are just perfect for me. I am strong, I can hike, be active with my dog for long walks, keep up with the grandkids and most of all - enjoy my life. And as an extra advantage, all this exercise is also keeping my brain healthty. I can tell you from experience, you either use it or you lose it. Yes, I know. You have heard that a million times - still don't believe? I am here to tell you, it is true. You need to keep the muscles and bones in your body strong and the only way to do that is to move them. So the SilverSneaker program is designed to help us aging individuals do just that - in a friendly, enjoyable atmosphere where we exercise our whole body safely. When I was at my Primary Care Doctor just two weeks ago, she said I am the "youngest" almost 72 (in December) year old she has ever seen. Young for even some 60 year olds. And the healthiest! So, yes! SilverSneakers exercises are just perfect for me. I am strong, I can hike, be active with my dog for long walks, keep up with the grandkids and most of all - enjoy my life. And as an extra advantage, all this exercise is also keeping my brain healthty. Yes Sayville NY Yes AARP Digital Member Patchogue Family YMCA, NY
11/07/2018 Mike Gym Membership I have several medical issues and the free SilverSneakers gym membership has allowed me to work out four to five times each week. The workouts of course have helped me to maintain a good level of fitness. It is sad that the SilverSneakers program will no longer include free gym membership in 2019 [sic]. Since I am on a fixed income I will no longer be able to afford to go to the gym and workout. It is a real shame AARP UHC insurance is discounting the free gym membership for 2019. I have several medical issues and the free SilverSneakers gym membership has allowed me to work out four to five times each week. The workouts of course have helped me to maintain a good level of fitness. It is sad that the SilverSneakers program will no longer include free gym membership in 2019 [sic]. Since I am on a fixed income I will no longer be able to afford to go to the gym and workout. It is a real shame AARP UHC insurance is discounting the free gym membership for 2019. Yes Roseville CA Yes AARP Digital Member 24 hour fitness No Image Available
11/07/2018 Karl Keep my Health Center affordable SilverSneakers helps me stay fit by offering free or reduced rates to my local gym. Unfortunately my fitness center tells me they will no longer be able to work with SilverSneakers after Jan 1 of next year. To continue to use their services will cost my wife and me $80/ month. We cannot afford that! SilverSneakers, please work with the insurance companies (Humana in my case) to keep fitness club costs affordable for me and other Seniors. SilverSneakers helps me stay fit by offering free or reduced rates to my local gym. Unfortunately my fitness center tells me they will no longer be able to work with SilverSneakers after Jan 1 of next year. To continue to use their services will cost my wife and me $80/ month. We cannot afford that! SilverSneakers, please work with the insurance companies (Humana in my case) to keep fitness club costs affordable for me and other Seniors. Yes BIllings MT Yes Humana Digital Member 32nd st, Grand and Shiloh No Image Available
11/07/2018 Susan My mother lived til 101 My mother lived til 101 and she was not active. I do not want to live that long and sit in a chair for the rest of my life. Every day during the week I do 30 minutes on the eliptical and then at work I do 20 to 30 minutes on the fitness flyer. My day is also active with scuffing bed of truck to spray bed liners. My weekends I clean house so I think I keep active for my age. I will be 73 this December. I find that keeping active my body moves easier and I can climb in and out of trucks and crawl all over truck beds without any problems. My mother lived til 101 and she was not active. I do not want to live that long and sit in a chair for the rest of my life. Every day during the week I do 30 minutes on the eliptical and then at work I do 20 to 30 minutes on the fitness flyer. My day is also active with scuffing bed of truck to spray bed liners. My weekends I clean house so I think I keep active for my age. I will be 73 this December. I find that keeping active my body moves easier and I can climb in and out of trucks and crawl all over truck beds without any problems. Yes Denham Springs LA Yes Humana Digital Member No Image Available
11/07/2018 Anne So disappointed in United Health So disappointed that United Health Care has dropped our SilverSneakers memberships for 2019. I just don’t feel I can switch my health care provider in order to keep this wonderful benefit. Without this provided benefit I will not be able to afford a gym membership. So disappointed that United Health Care has dropped our SilverSneakers memberships for 2019. I just don’t feel I can switch my health care provider in order to keep this wonderful benefit. Without this provided benefit I will not be able to afford a gym membership. Yes NC Yes AARP Digital Member Denver, NC No Image Available
11/05/2018 Dwight A great perk for retired couples. Our story is we have enjoyed the [SilverSneakers] program and we attend three times a week. Due to this program we are very healthy and only go to a doctor once a year for a physical. I am 70 and my wife is 69. The problem is that our health care provider (AARP) has decided to drop this program in Indiana. They are too stupid to believe that we are saving them so much money in not paying claims. This is not the same AARP that our parents had for years. It is all about money and greed to stop this program. Our story is we have enjoyed the [SilverSneakers] program and we attend three times a week. Due to this program we are very healthy and only go to a doctor once a year for a physical. I am 70 and my wife is 69. The problem is that our health care provider (AARP) has decided to drop this program in Indiana. They are too stupid to believe that we are saving them so much money in not paying claims. This is not the same AARP that our parents had for years. It is all about money and greed to stop this program. Yes Yes Digital Member Mitchell fitness. Mitchell Indiana No Image Available
11/03/2018 Kenneth Is Blue Cross cancelling SilverSneakers in their Medicare Supplement programs? I have enjoyed using SilverSneakers benefits which were part of my United Health Care policy. I used my membership at the local Anytime Fitness club. I no longer have UHC...I transfered to BlueCross/Blue Shield last year. I understand that UHC has pulled SilverSneakers from their program. When talking to the manager at Anytime Fitness, he did not know about Blue Cross future plans. BUT...he did say that as a Blue Cross member I should have received or have access to "a sixteen digit number" to begin a Blue Cross membership approval at Anytime Fitness. What ... if anything can you tell me about this or future Blue Cross continuing with SilverSneakers. Thanks...I would appreciate hearing from someone in your organization. I have enjoyed using SilverSneakers benefits which were part of my United Health Care policy. I used my membership at the local Anytime Fitness club. I no longer have UHC...I transfered to BlueCross/Blue Shield last year. I understand that UHC has pulled SilverSneakers from their program. When talking to the manager at Anytime Fitness, he did not know about Blue Cross future plans. BUT...he did say that as a Blue Cross member I should have received or have access to "a sixteen digit number" to begin a Blue Cross membership approval at Anytime Fitness. What ... if anything can you tell me about this or future Blue Cross continuing with SilverSneakers. Thanks...I would appreciate hearing from someone in your organization. Yes Glendale Heights IL Yes Digital Member Anytime Fitness....Glendale Heights, Illinois No Image Available
11/02/2018 Gary Terrible service and sign-up Well, I wanted to go to a gym and use my new SilverSneakers benefit. Many websites from United Health Care Medicare Advantage Plus indicated that all I had to do to get a card (since it was never sent to me) was go to this website and request a new card. No such luck. SliverSneakers has gone from being a site trying to help seniors exercise to a site that is more concerned with themselves. I am very disappointed. And now I have learned that many facilities in my location have decided to stop using the SilverSneakers program. They are expressing a very large concern over the attempts from SliverSneakers to lower the cost of membership for SilverSneakers members. Something that was not a part of the program previously. As I mentioned - I am very disappointed and plan to express my concerns to both AARP and to United Health Medicare Plus. It appears to be an issue with your new business plan. Well, I wanted to go to a gym and use my new SilverSneakers benefit. Many websites from United Health Care Medicare Advantage Plus indicated that all I had to do to get a card (since it was never sent to me) was go to this website and request a new card. No such luck. SliverSneakers has gone from being a site trying to help seniors exercise to a site that is more concerned with themselves. I am very disappointed. And now I have learned that many facilities in my location have decided to stop using the SilverSneakers program. They are expressing a very large concern over the attempts from SliverSneakers to lower the cost of membership for SilverSneakers members. Something that was not a part of the program previously. As I mentioned - I am very disappointed and plan to express my concerns to both AARP and to United Health Medicare Plus. It appears to be an issue with your new business plan. Yes Fort Collins CO No AARP Digital Member I wanted to go to independant facilities in Fort Collins, CO No Image Available
11/01/2018 Shawona Never give up I had two open heart surgery within six months of each other. As I began to exercise my body began to show me that I was not well enough to exercise, but as I get stronger I will return. I had two open heart surgery within six months of each other. As I began to exercise my body began to show me that I was not well enough to exercise, but as I get stronger I will return. Yes Elberton GA Yes Aetna Digital Member Elbert Co. No Image Available
11/01/2018 Linda SAD I enjoy using my SilverSneakers. I lost 60lb, had back surgery and gained 35back. Swimming is the best for me. Now I found my AARP is stopping my SilverSneakers. I need this, what can I do? I enjoy using my SilverSneakers. I lost 60lb, had back surgery and gained 35back. Swimming is the best for me. Now I found my AARP is stopping my SilverSneakers. I need this, what can I do? Yes Cleves OH Yes Digital Member
10/31/2018 Leonard "Lenny" Taking care of myself Jan. 2016 I weighed 301, taking pills for high blood, diabetes, at age 65. My doctor said I needed to lose some weight. Nov.19th 2014 I was in an accident having to have my knee reconstructed. Living on the second floor and no elevator created some challenges just get in and going out. Being a very good cook and baker, I put on over 40 pounds. Church member of mine had lost over 60 pounds. He drank a total plant base group of herbs called Iaso Tea. I began going to the gym 3 days a week NEVER missing a day in a yr. I have lost over 46 pounds, I rode my 10-speed to Atlantic City this year with American Cancer Soc. I take NO MEDS, I make fruit drinks people call smoothies. Always with a combination of things that are natural anti-inflammatory like pineapple, fresh ginger and a dash of turmeric. I feel and look better now than I did 3, 4, 5 years ago. Use it or lose it. I will continue to ride weather permitting. Losing eight inches off your waste looks good on anyone. To date I have lost over 45 pounds. Jan. 2016 I weighed 301, taking pills for high blood, diabetes, at age 65. My doctor said I needed to lose some weight. Nov.19th 2014 I was in an accident having to have my knee reconstructed. Living on the second floor and no elevator created some challenges just get in and going out. Being a very good cook and baker, I put on over 40 pounds. Church member of mine had lost over 60 pounds. He drank a total plant base group of herbs called Iaso Tea. I began going to the gym 3 days a week NEVER missing a day in a yr. I have lost over 46 pounds, I rode my 10-speed to Atlantic City this year with American Cancer Soc. I take NO MEDS, I make fruit drinks people call smoothies. Always with a combination of things that are natural anti-inflammatory like pineapple, fresh ginger and a dash of turmeric. I feel and look better now than I did 3, 4, 5 years ago. Use it or lose it. I will continue to ride weather permitting. Losing eight inches off your waste looks good on anyone. To date I have lost over 45 pounds. Yes Philadelphia PA Yes Digital Member City ave No Image Available
10/31/2018 Gerald Way of life Why do I exercise? My will to live and not have a bunch of aches and pains. It feels good and when you look at yourself in the mirror at age 83 you say not bad. Why do I exercise? My will to live and not have a bunch of aches and pains. It feels good and when you look at yourself in the mirror at age 83 you say not bad. Yes Jacksonville IL Yes United HealthCare Digital Member fitness world, jacksonville,IL 62650 No Image Available
10/31/2018 Steve Life Challenge is working exercise into your LIFE.There are many things that have to be done in life outside of exercise. Exercise is very important but so is your life. And finding the time, energy and management tools to mix it in is a daily challenge. I am lucky on that I was always active and in sports. I ran all my life. I got into the local Y and have chances to workout. I have a little house gym in the basement. Got my wife involved and she is very into it as well. Health is wealth for sure. As I have aged, workouts are changed just like my life but exercise is not something I do. It is something I am and that is the key to keeping at it. I am still able to do senior Olympics once a year. I have had my share of injuries but I just keep tryin as I can. At my age personal REHAB goes on everyday! My cheap advice is to do cardio and strength workouts as you can.The best workouts are the ones you Do. Decide everyday to live your best. For my age I'm in decent shape. I had cancer 15 years ago and won that one. Have little bad days. Everyday old-age pain should just be ignored. Save doc visits for annual checks and very serious issues. You can handle some expected old age discomfort. Grow up! Challenge is working exercise into your LIFE.There are many things that have to be done in life outside of exercise. Exercise is very important but so is your life. And finding the time, energy and management tools to mix it in is a daily challenge. I am lucky on that I was always active and in sports. I ran all my life. I got into the local Y and have chances to workout. I have a little house gym in the basement. Got my wife involved and she is very into it as well. Health is wealth for sure. As I have aged, workouts are changed just like my life but exercise is not something I do. It is something I am and that is the key to keeping at it. I am still able to do senior Olympics once a year. I have had my share of injuries but I just keep tryin as I can. At my age personal REHAB goes on everyday! My cheap advice is to do cardio and strength workouts as you can.The best workouts are the ones you Do. Decide everyday to live your best. For my age I'm in decent shape. I had cancer 15 years ago and won that one. Have little bad days. Everyday old-age pain should just be ignored. Save doc visits for annual checks and very serious issues. You can handle some expected old age discomfort. Grow up! Yes Warminster PA Yes Independence Blue Cross Digital Member Hatboro Ymca No Image Available
10/31/2018 Diane Changing attitudes I loved going to my SilverSneakers [location] as I had a personal trainer two days a week. But it was difficult going up and down stairs to get to the gym. Sadly, I gave it up. Many months later, I joined Xsport. They had a pool, a jacuzzi and a wonderful spa with hydrotherapy pods. Although it was not free, I felt better just getting out of the house to use the pool. I really wish SilverSneakers could explore these health clubs and establish relationships with them. My attitude toward exercising had definitely changed with the initial help from SilverSneakers! I loved going to my SilverSneakers [location] as I had a personal trainer two days a week. But it was difficult going up and down stairs to get to the gym. Sadly, I gave it up. Many months later, I joined Xsport. They had a pool, a jacuzzi and a wonderful spa with hydrotherapy pods. Although it was not free, I felt better just getting out of the house to use the pool. I really wish SilverSneakers could explore these health clubs and establish relationships with them. My attitude toward exercising had definitely changed with the initial help from SilverSneakers! Yes Vernon Hills IL Yes Humana Digital Member Libertyville, Il No Image Available
10/31/2018 Frank Too little, too late I never got these newsletters from SilverSneakers until I got the letter from AARP/UnitedHelathCare Medicare Supplement Plan that said that they would no longer offer SilverSneakers after December 31, 2018. SilverSneakers, please get together with AARP/UnitedHealthCare (mainly UHC, I understand) and negotiate to keep SilverSneakers for seniors. If not successful, UnitedHealthCare will see huge medical claims in 10 years from sedentary seniors--very shortsighted. I never got these newsletters from SilverSneakers until I got the letter from AARP/UnitedHelathCare Medicare Supplement Plan that said that they would no longer offer SilverSneakers after December 31, 2018. SilverSneakers, please get together with AARP/UnitedHealthCare (mainly UHC, I understand) and negotiate to keep SilverSneakers for seniors. If not successful, UnitedHealthCare will see huge medical claims in 10 years from sedentary seniors--very shortsighted. Yes Yes Digital Member No Image Available
10/31/2018 Karen Keep moving I have COPD and go to pulmonary rehab twice a week. It has increased my stamina and strength and taught me how to breathe when in crisis. I had saved the online Tai Chi but they were erased from my computer in error. Can you resend them so I can practice at home. I may possibly come in to a center to enter a Tai Chi class. I have COPD and go to pulmonary rehab twice a week. It has increased my stamina and strength and taught me how to breathe when in crisis. I had saved the online Tai Chi but they were erased from my computer in error. Can you resend them so I can practice at home. I may possibly come in to a center to enter a Tai Chi class. Yes Sauk Village IL Yes Aetna Digital Member Currently none No Image Available
10/31/2018 Lou How should I begin Stay active and stay strong Stay active and stay strong Yes Campbell OH Yes AARP Digital Member Youngstown
10/30/2018 Anonymous Disappointed or angry at UHC? My wife and I have health issues really helped by our participation in SilverSneakers three mornings a week. A combination of cardiac and orthopedic issues is greatly offset by our exercise programs. We were recently notified that United Healthcare is droppping this program at the end of the year and [we] cannot afford to pick up the tab the gym says private membership will cost. I have no doubt that our medical costs will increase dramatically next year as a result of an action that has clearly not been well researched. We cannot switch to another carrier because the plan we have is not currently offered. My wife and I have health issues really helped by our participation in SilverSneakers three mornings a week. A combination of cardiac and orthopedic issues is greatly offset by our exercise programs. We were recently notified that United Healthcare is droppping this program at the end of the year and [we] cannot afford to pick up the tab the gym says private membership will cost. I have no doubt that our medical costs will increase dramatically next year as a result of an action that has clearly not been well researched. We cannot switch to another carrier because the plan we have is not currently offered. Yes Kernersville NC Yes AARP Digital Member Fitness Center No Image Available
10/26/2018 Arthur "Art" Staying fit I started conditioning at about eight years old with my three older brothers. This all led to boxing and eventually wrestling at the college ranks. I have biked thousands of miles. At one point I rode my bicycle 225 miles in one day. That was from Leadville, CO to Taos, NM. I try to do some form of exercise every day. I do 200 pushups, 100 or more pullups, 400 mountain climbers, 60 pull downs on my universal machine ranging from 103 pounds to 125. [I also do] butterflies, curls, presses, dips and squats of 50 reps with a plastic ball. I try to walk two to three  miles daily and in the summer months a lot of mountain hiking. This routine I do every other day. On the other days I ride a spinner indoor bike 30 to 45 minutes, also included is riding the rowing machine for 10 to 15 minutes. This also involves doing sit ups, some yoga and stretching. This routine I presently do has prevented me from ever having a headache, stomach ailments, heartburn and very seldom colds. Conditioning has helped stay healthy and helps me with my artistic endeavors, such as painting and drawing. I have learned a consistent active lifestyle is extremely important. Also, this routine helps me with winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding and snow shoeing. I hope SilverSneakers comes to Colorado soon. My age is 73 and I hope my story inspires. I started conditioning at about eight years old with my three older brothers. This all led to boxing and eventually wrestling at the college ranks. I have biked thousands of miles. At one point I rode my bicycle 225 miles in one day. That was from Leadville, CO to Taos, NM. I try to do some form of exercise every day. I do 200 pushups, 100 or more pullups, 400 mountain climbers, 60 pull downs on my universal machine ranging from 103 pounds to 125. [I also do] butterflies, curls, presses, dips and squats of 50 reps with a plastic ball. I try to walk two to three  miles daily and in the summer months a lot of mountain hiking. This routine I do every other day. On the other days I ride a spinner indoor bike 30 to 45 minutes, also included is riding the rowing machine for 10 to 15 minutes. This also involves doing sit ups, some yoga and stretching. This routine I presently do has prevented me from ever having a headache, stomach ailments, heartburn and very seldom colds. Conditioning has helped stay healthy and helps me with my artistic endeavors, such as painting and drawing. I have learned a consistent active lifestyle is extremely important. Also, this routine helps me with winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding and snow shoeing. I hope SilverSneakers comes to Colorado soon. My age is 73 and I hope my story inspires. Yes Leadville CO No Digital Member none in Colorado No Image Available
10/26/2018 Penney Gyms refuse SilverSneakers in Billings, MT I just turned 65 and wanting to use the SilverSneakers benefit at Granite Fitness in Billings, MT. I try to do water aerobics 4 times a week. The water is great and painless. Now the gyms in Billings, MT are refusing to honor the SilverSneakers benefit as of Jan1, 2019. What can we do about that? I just turned 65 and wanting to use the SilverSneakers benefit at Granite Fitness in Billings, MT. I try to do water aerobics 4 times a week. The water is great and painless. Now the gyms in Billings, MT are refusing to honor the SilverSneakers benefit as of Jan1, 2019. What can we do about that? Yes Billings MT Yes Humana Digital Member Granite Fitness 3838 Ave B Billings, MT No Image Available
10/24/2018 Hope You Are How Old? My exercise routine started with Jack LaLane on TV in the 1950s. There was a motivation message he gave me and it has moved me to the gym three times a week ever since. Four years ago I got notice that I have CANCER. Staying with my work outs at the gym was never stopped except during surgery recovery. I know that being strong at age 78 has been a gift to me as I am now a TV producer and host of my own show called Senior Scene. I share my message of being engaged in things outside the doors of your home helps you stay strong in body and mind. My exercise routine started with Jack LaLane on TV in the 1950s. There was a motivation message he gave me and it has moved me to the gym three times a week ever since. Four years ago I got notice that I have CANCER. Staying with my work outs at the gym was never stopped except during surgery recovery. I know that being strong at age 78 has been a gift to me as I am now a TV producer and host of my own show called Senior Scene. I share my message of being engaged in things outside the doors of your home helps you stay strong in body and mind. Yes Torrance CA Yes Digital Member Beach Cities Health District
10/24/2018 Joyce Sad The SilverSneakers program at my local YMCA has helped me restore my strength, balance and flexibility. I am sad to learn it will no longer be covered by my insurance which is endorsed by AARP as of 2019. I was shocked to learn that this has already happened in 20 states! I now have to consider switching my plan. The SilverSneakers program at my local YMCA has helped me restore my strength, balance and flexibility. I am sad to learn it will no longer be covered by my insurance which is endorsed by AARP as of 2019. I was shocked to learn that this has already happened in 20 states! I now have to consider switching my plan. Yes Torrington CT Yes AARP Digital Member YMCA Torrington, Ct No Image Available
10/24/2018 William Living with illness instead of dying from it A year and a half ago I experienced kidney failure on top of my existing illness. By the time my fistula for dialysis was ready for use I was bed ridden for 20 hours a day and I didn't expect to survive. However, I did survive and after three months of dialysis I was looking for some structured exercise to help me regain some muscle strength and mobility. My wife remembered receiving a SilverSneakers card. I checked for facilities in my area that had classes and found one not very far from where I live. The [trained] instructor welcomed me to the aerobics class and made me start off by doing the exercises in the chair. The rest of the class was doing the exercises on their feet. Little by little I was able to do the classes on my feet with the rest of the group. Class members quickly became friends. The instructor is fabulous. She takes time to talk to students one-on-one after class to offer positive feedback and encouragement. Within six months of aerobics twice a week and yoga once a week, I was on my feet for the full class and walking better that I had been before my illness. I am now able to do all kinds of tasks around the house and I now have more energy to to the tasks that need to be done around the house. I am 81 years old enjoying a lifestyle which I call living with the kidney failure as opposed to dying with it. I am grateful for the blessing that I received from the SilverSneakers program. A year and a half ago I experienced kidney failure on top of my existing illness. By the time my fistula for dialysis was ready for use I was bed ridden for 20 hours a day and I didn't expect to survive. However, I did survive and after three months of dialysis I was looking for some structured exercise to help me regain some muscle strength and mobility. My wife remembered receiving a SilverSneakers card. I checked for facilities in my area that had classes and found one not very far from where I live. The [trained] instructor welcomed me to the aerobics class and made me start off by doing the exercises in the chair. The rest of the class was doing the exercises on their feet. Little by little I was able to do the classes on my feet with the rest of the group. Class members quickly became friends. The instructor is fabulous. She takes time to talk to students one-on-one after class to offer positive feedback and encouragement. Within six months of aerobics twice a week and yoga once a week, I was on my feet for the full class and walking better that I had been before my illness. I am now able to do all kinds of tasks around the house and I now have more energy to to the tasks that need to be done around the house. I am 81 years old enjoying a lifestyle which I call living with the kidney failure as opposed to dying with it. I am grateful for the blessing that I received from the SilverSneakers program. Yes Carol Stream IL Yes United HealthCare Digital Member Ackerman Fitness Center, Glen Ellyn, Illinois No Image Available
10/23/2018 Hugh No SilverSneakers location in Bradford, PA It is sad we don't have a SilverSneakers [location] in Bradford, PA. [Our insurance is] paying for something we can't use, waste of money. I belong to a program at the Hospital called Up-Beat. I go 3 times a week for $25 a month.Well worth the money. It is sad we don't have a SilverSneakers [location] in Bradford, PA. [Our insurance is] paying for something we can't use, waste of money. I belong to a program at the Hospital called Up-Beat. I go 3 times a week for $25 a month.Well worth the money. Yes Bradford PA Yes Health Options Program Digital Member There isn't one in our town. No Image Available
10/19/2018 Fred YMCA cancels SilverSneakers benefit I am 75 and work out in group classes 6 times a week thanks to the silversneakers YMCA program. I just received a letter that the program was being cancelled because the YMCA was not receiving enough from SilverSneakers to cover their costs. This is a huge problem for me and my physical health. I do not understand why if the agreement will not cover the costs that I still cannot receive the benefit at a small cost to me rather than cancel the whole program. I am very disappointed with the Y as well as much of the property, equipment and even donated volunteer work has been provide by the community. I am 75 and work out in group classes 6 times a week thanks to the silversneakers YMCA program. I just received a letter that the program was being cancelled because the YMCA was not receiving enough from SilverSneakers to cover their costs. This is a huge problem for me and my physical health. I do not understand why if the agreement will not cover the costs that I still cannot receive the benefit at a small cost to me rather than cancel the whole program. I am very disappointed with the Y as well as much of the property, equipment and even donated volunteer work has been provide by the community. Yes Sarasota FL Yes Florida Blue Digital Member Sarasota No Image Available
10/16/2018 Eric Back on track! On June 16, 2017, I experienced a heart attack while clearing property lines on some land we own near Sumrall, MS. My son was working with me, and thanks to his efforts to get me to a local hospital and the excellent care that I received, I survived the attack with no apparent damage to my heart. The doctors did place a stent in "the widow-maker" artery which was at the time of the heart cath 85-90 percent blocked. I was enrolled in SilverSneakers at Providence Wellness Center in Mobile, AL but found that they also had a cardiac rehab program. I attended the program for 36 weeks and loved it. While I have always lived a very active lifestyle, I wanted to prove to myself that as a 72-year-old man I could get back into relatively good level of conditioning. After completing the rehab program, I continued to work out in the SilverSneakers program. The exercises that I enjoy the most are the stationary bike, treadmill, elliptical and rowing machine. The rowing machine is my favorite and the most challenging. My involvement in SilverSneakers has not changed my lifestyle, but it definitely has enabled me to continue to enjoy being active and doing most of the things that I have always enjoyed. A little over a year has passed since my heart attack, and I find it challenging to find the time to continue a rigorous schedule of working out. But, I am committed to doing so, and I am thankful that my insurance provides me the opportunity to participate in this wonderful program. On June 16, 2017, I experienced a heart attack while clearing property lines on some land we own near Sumrall, MS. My son was working with me, and thanks to his efforts to get me to a local hospital and the excellent care that I received, I survived the attack with no apparent damage to my heart. The doctors did place a stent in "the widow-maker" artery which was at the time of the heart cath 85-90 percent blocked. I was enrolled in SilverSneakers at Providence Wellness Center in Mobile, AL but found that they also had a cardiac rehab program. I attended the program for 36 weeks and loved it. While I have always lived a very active lifestyle, I wanted to prove to myself that as a 72-year-old man I could get back into relatively good level of conditioning. After completing the rehab program, I continued to work out in the SilverSneakers program. The exercises that I enjoy the most are the stationary bike, treadmill, elliptical and rowing machine. The rowing machine is my favorite and the most challenging. My involvement in SilverSneakers has not changed my lifestyle, but it definitely has enabled me to continue to enjoy being active and doing most of the things that I have always enjoyed. A little over a year has passed since my heart attack, and I find it challenging to find the time to continue a rigorous schedule of working out. But, I am committed to doing so, and I am thankful that my insurance provides me the opportunity to participate in this wonderful program. Yes Mobile AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member Providence Hospital Wellness Center No Image Available
10/11/2018 Bernard Taking away this benefit Got a letter from United Health Care today that they are eliminating this program to "provide more benefits." At least when you cut a benefit don't insult me by saying it is an improvement. I am looking at Blue Shield Got a letter from United Health Care today that they are eliminating this program to "provide more benefits." At least when you cut a benefit don't insult me by saying it is an improvement. I am looking at Blue Shield Yes Orinda CA Yes AARP Digital Member moraga 24 hour No Image Available
10/10/2018 Rachel Great exercise class I have been participating in SilverSneakers exercise classes since 2005. I like the fact that every muscle in your body gets a workout every time. Also, it's a social group. At one Y we had field trips, BBQs, potlucks, and twice we had a soup and sandwich fundraiser for the Y from which we raised almost $1,000 for their children's program. At the Y I'm at now, we have a luncheon the first Tuesday of every month at a different restaurant in the area. Apparently, my AARP/United Health Care insurance is dropping SilverSneakers as a benefit in 2019. I can go to fitness centers, but they're machines and no SilverSneaker classes. No socialization. I'll have to decide by December 7 to change insurance policies or pay 50 percent of the Y fee next year. I have been participating in SilverSneakers exercise classes since 2005. I like the fact that every muscle in your body gets a workout every time. Also, it's a social group. At one Y we had field trips, BBQs, potlucks, and twice we had a soup and sandwich fundraiser for the Y from which we raised almost $1,000 for their children's program. At the Y I'm at now, we have a luncheon the first Tuesday of every month at a different restaurant in the area. Apparently, my AARP/United Health Care insurance is dropping SilverSneakers as a benefit in 2019. I can go to fitness centers, but they're machines and no SilverSneaker classes. No socialization. I'll have to decide by December 7 to change insurance policies or pay 50 percent of the Y fee next year. Yes Evanston IL Yes AARP Digital Member Leaning Tower Y, Niles, IL No Image Available
10/09/2018 Jessie Why is AARP discontinuing SilverSneakers program in NC? I joined SilverSneakers three years ago. I had to stop going because of sickness in the family. I have started going again and I feel terrific. Now, I understand that AARP is discontinuing the SilverSneakers program in North Carolina. Why? Please explain. There are probably thousands that will not be able to go. I joined SilverSneakers three years ago. I had to stop going because of sickness in the family. I have started going again and I feel terrific. Now, I understand that AARP is discontinuing the SilverSneakers program in North Carolina. Why? Please explain. There are probably thousands that will not be able to go. Yes Charlotte NC Yes AARP Digital Member Fitness Connection No Image Available
10/09/2018 Richard AARP Cancels SilverSneakers in Ohio As of 1/1/2019, SilverSneakers will be cancelled in Ohio for all seniors who purchased a medigap policy through AARP/United Healthcare. This is horrible news for all us who depend on SilverSneakers! We all know it's about money but the option offered now of 50 percent off the gym membership is voluntary for the gym and a new unexpected cost for seniors. This is the worst thing AARP could do to the senior population in Ohio! Also, switching to another provider plan like Blue Cross (with SilverSneakers still?) may not be an option since many seniors now have health issues and could be rejected. Thanks AARP, always working to the benefit of seniors. As of 1/1/2019, SilverSneakers will be cancelled in Ohio for all seniors who purchased a medigap policy through AARP/United Healthcare. This is horrible news for all us who depend on SilverSneakers! We all know it's about money but the option offered now of 50 percent off the gym membership is voluntary for the gym and a new unexpected cost for seniors. This is the worst thing AARP could do to the senior population in Ohio! Also, switching to another provider plan like Blue Cross (with SilverSneakers still?) may not be an option since many seniors now have health issues and could be rejected. Thanks AARP, always working to the benefit of seniors. Yes Cincinnati OH Yes AARP Digital Member YMCA Anderson No Image Available
10/07/2018 Margaret SilverSneakers being dropped by AARP Plan F in Arizona Since retiring several years ago, Plan F has allowed me to go to SilverSneaker classes at my local gym. I received a notice last week that Unites Healthcare is DROPPING the fitness benefit through SilverSneakers. This was after I received notice United Healthcare Plan F premium is steadily increasing. The SilverSneakers classes are a big draw at my gym and the benefits are wonderful. For retired people on fixed incomes are being hit the hardest. This hurts....... Since retiring several years ago, Plan F has allowed me to go to SilverSneaker classes at my local gym. I received a notice last week that Unites Healthcare is DROPPING the fitness benefit through SilverSneakers. This was after I received notice United Healthcare Plan F premium is steadily increasing. The SilverSneakers classes are a big draw at my gym and the benefits are wonderful. For retired people on fixed incomes are being hit the hardest. This hurts....... Yes Yes AARP Digital Member Flagstaff Athletic Club No Image Available
10/05/2018 Dawn SilverSneakers being Compromised By AARP/United Health Care I have been blessed with being a healthy person and I believe the regular exercise programs that I have enjoyed throughout my life have contributed to that. I was so excited to see that SilverSneakers would allow me to continue with this lifestyle, but now it is being compromised by AARP/United Health Care insurance and those enrolled have received notification that we will only be receiving 50 percent coverage on this program after January 2019, mind you this is with an increase in rates starting in January. I along with others I have spoken to are very unhappy with this change and are searching out other options. I have been blessed with being a healthy person and I believe the regular exercise programs that I have enjoyed throughout my life have contributed to that. I was so excited to see that SilverSneakers would allow me to continue with this lifestyle, but now it is being compromised by AARP/United Health Care insurance and those enrolled have received notification that we will only be receiving 50 percent coverage on this program after January 2019, mind you this is with an increase in rates starting in January. I along with others I have spoken to are very unhappy with this change and are searching out other options. Yes Wellsville OH Yes AARP Digital Member YMCA EL and Flex in Calcutta No Image Available
10/04/2018 Annemarie LOVE SilverSneakers classes! I've been involved in fitness for most of my adult life. I really like the SilverSneakers classes. I go 3 times a week, and have been doing so for over 3 years. I've made friends, I have lost some weight, I have muscles now (!) I look forward to every class. I also go to Zumba classes through Milwaukee Recreation on Tuesday nights and Saturday morning. I've been involved in fitness for most of my adult life. I really like the SilverSneakers classes. I go 3 times a week, and have been doing so for over 3 years. I've made friends, I have lost some weight, I have muscles now (!) I look forward to every class. I also go to Zumba classes through Milwaukee Recreation on Tuesday nights and Saturday morning. Yes St. Francis WI Yes Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Digital Member Anytime Fitness in Cudahy, WI No Image Available
09/18/2018 Carla I’m 72 on Sep. 24. I'm 72 on Sep. 24. Trying to be more healthy for my last 26 years. I'm 72 on Sep. 24. Trying to be more healthy for my last 26 years. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
09/17/2018 Myra I have Type 2 diabetes I have Type 2 diabetes and need to lose 50 more pounds. I am 64 years old have grandkids that need my help and attention. I already belong to SilverSneakers but my card doesn't work anymore so I need somebody to send me a new one. I have Type 2 diabetes and need to lose 50 more pounds. I am 64 years old have grandkids that need my help and attention. I already belong to SilverSneakers but my card doesn't work anymore so I need somebody to send me a new one. Yes No Digital MPC
09/17/2018 Judy Losing muscle tone is a worry As I age, I’m starting to lose muscle tone. That is a big worry to me! As I age, I’m starting to lose muscle tone. That is a big worry to me! Yes No Digital MPC
09/16/2018 Cheryl Getting into fitness and nutrition Just beginning to get into fitness and healthy eating. Joined the gym doing SilverSneakers program. Have lots of idle time. Need to get up off the couch and go for it. Not ready for the nursing home yet. Just beginning to get into fitness and healthy eating. Joined the gym doing SilverSneakers program. Have lots of idle time. Need to get up off the couch and go for it. Not ready for the nursing home yet. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
09/17/2018 Jacqueline Too good to be true I have belonged to a gym for many years. When I went on Medicare and had the chance to sign up for SilverSneakers it seemed too good to be true that I had access to so many gyms. Well it is true! I have four gyms close to me. I’m trying them all. I like the pool at one and the gym equipment at another, and the classes at another. It is a wonderful program. I feel great and more motivated than ever. We seniors are so fortunate to have access to this program. I have belonged to a gym for many years. When I went on Medicare and had the chance to sign up for SilverSneakers it seemed too good to be true that I had access to so many gyms. Well it is true! I have four gyms close to me. I’m trying them all. I like the pool at one and the gym equipment at another, and the classes at another. It is a wonderful program. I feel great and more motivated than ever. We seniors are so fortunate to have access to this program. Yes Cuyagoga Falls OH Yes Aetna Digital Member Natitorium, LA Fitness and Planet Fitness No Image Available
09/16/2018 Barbara Inspired by the people I'm inspired by the people I see and the stories I hear. I love the nudges used to motivate to keep moving. [I use my] best judgment with nutrition and diet. I'm 61 years old and hope to find a gym near me to keep me motivated while connecting with others . I'm inspired by the people I see and the stories I hear. I love the nudges used to motivate to keep moving. [I use my] best judgment with nutrition and diet. I'm 61 years old and hope to find a gym near me to keep me motivated while connecting with others . Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
09/15/2018 Shirlee Breast cancer treatments Having breast cancer treatments has slowed me down and tired need to get back to being more active like I was. Having breast cancer treatments has slowed me down and tired need to get back to being more active like I was. Yes No Digital MPC
09/15/2018 Christina Reminded me of a happy time in life I've always been active, but over the last year I've started a new job and have been more sedentary and regained weight I'd previously taken off. I'm finding it harder to lose weight as I get older and I have less energy and desire to do the things I once did. Watching the walking video reminded me of a happy time in life when I walked every morning and maintained a healthy lifestyle. I want that back. I've always been active, but over the last year I've started a new job and have been more sedentary and regained weight I'd previously taken off. I'm finding it harder to lose weight as I get older and I have less energy and desire to do the things I once did. Watching the walking video reminded me of a happy time in life when I walked every morning and maintained a healthy lifestyle. I want that back. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
09/08/2018 Delia SilverSneakers to help with goals I am new to the program but I am eager to learn and want to take control over my body. I want to get where I am comfortable and mentally and physically strong again. That is what I want the SilverSneakers program to help me with on the goals - where I need to go and get where I want to be I am new to the program but I am eager to learn and want to take control over my body. I want to get where I am comfortable and mentally and physically strong again. That is what I want the SilverSneakers program to help me with on the goals - where I need to go and get where I want to be Yes No Digital MPC
09/05/2018 JoAnn I like to stay active I like to stay active, and keep moving! Had a hip replaced a year ago, now I'm really moving! I like to stay active, and keep moving! Had a hip replaced a year ago, now I'm really moving! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
09/04/2018 Gayl I knew I’d feel better I knew I was considered morbidly obese with terrible knee pain. I took the low carb approach by eliminating breads, potatoes and sugar from my diet. I have been plagued with digestive issues related to grains and potatoes for years and knew when I eliminated those I'd get to feel better. By being strict with the elimination of these foods within a week my digestive issues and painful joints disappeared. I also lost 25 pounds. I knew I was considered morbidly obese with terrible knee pain. I took the low carb approach by eliminating breads, potatoes and sugar from my diet. I have been plagued with digestive issues related to grains and potatoes for years and knew when I eliminated those I'd get to feel better. By being strict with the elimination of these foods within a week my digestive issues and painful joints disappeared. I also lost 25 pounds. Yes No Digital MPC
09/04/2018 Audrae My daughter suggested SilverSneakers My daughter suggested this for me. I need to exercise, in some form...I am 88 years old, but still active in life..To meet other people, hopefully in my age bracket.... My daughter suggested this for me. I need to exercise, in some form...I am 88 years old, but still active in life..To meet other people, hopefully in my age bracket.... Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
09/02/2018 Yolanda Continue SilverSneakers I received my SilverSneakers card in January. Two days later I wen down Orlando. My cousin took me to the YMCA. We went 2 months and I lost 12 ponds. I am in a wheelchair so it has been difficult finding something durable for me. I am back in CT and need to find a good spot to continue with SilverSneakers. I received my SilverSneakers card in January. Two days later I wen down Orlando. My cousin took me to the YMCA. We went 2 months and I lost 12 ponds. I am in a wheelchair so it has been difficult finding something durable for me. I am back in CT and need to find a good spot to continue with SilverSneakers. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
09/02/2018 Linda Eating healthier Today is 9/2/2018. I pledged to lose 4 pounds and did so. Most of what I did was modify my diet by increasing my vegetable intake. For the most part, that meant adding spinach leaves to smoothies, adding salsa to my breakfast eggs and cutting back to 1 slice of Ezekiel flourless bread - toasted. I added guacamole in lieu of butter to the toast and put my egg(s) + salsa over the toast. I steamed 2 pound bags of broccoli or brussels sprouts and reheated them with meals. I also kept legumes handy such as steamed lima beans and corn which I ate in place of french fres. Made smoothies with added frozen fruit to 2% Greek yogurt, added spinach (can't taste it), and frozen banana. Using our free music channel on cable TV, I put on fast music and did my daily picking up and dusting and cooking to it. Today, the 4 pounds are still gone!!!! P.S. I'm in the blue sweater on the left. Today is 9/2/2018. I pledged to lose 4 pounds and did so. Most of what I did was modify my diet by increasing my vegetable intake. For the most part, that meant adding spinach leaves to smoothies, adding salsa to my breakfast eggs and cutting back to 1 slice of Ezekiel flourless bread - toasted. I added guacamole in lieu of butter to the toast and put my egg(s) + salsa over the toast. I steamed 2 pound bags of broccoli or brussels sprouts and reheated them with meals. I also kept legumes handy such as steamed lima beans and corn which I ate in place of french fres. Made smoothies with added frozen fruit to 2% Greek yogurt, added spinach (can't taste it), and frozen banana. Using our free music channel on cable TV, I put on fast music and did my daily picking up and dusting and cooking to it. Today, the 4 pounds are still gone!!!! P.S. I'm in the blue sweater on the left. Yes No Digital MPC
09/17/2018 Anna Doctor recommended it My doctor recommended [SilverSneakers] to me. Can't wait to start swimming. My doctor recommended [SilverSneakers] to me. Can't wait to start swimming. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
09/01/2018 Avo Ready to get active Ready to get active. It's been 14 years since I was disabled and now it's been 10 months since amputation below knee has eliminated main handicap. Tricycle purchased but not used yet. Ready to get active. It's been 14 years since I was disabled and now it's been 10 months since amputation below knee has eliminated main handicap. Tricycle purchased but not used yet. Yes No Digital MPC
09/07/2018 Patricia SilverSneakers Can Be a Senior’s Best Friend I love my family and it brings me great joy how my grandchildren delight in my physical strength and the level of activity that I am capable of sustaining. SilverSneakers is very much a part of how I take care of myself because of my eligibility for a 24-Hour Fitness membership that includes SilverSneakers (sic). I'm motivated to stay active because it makes me feel and look great. One of my fitness goals now that I am 73 is to become a 75-year-old body builder and maybe even win a competition. I tell myself, "keep it moving." I love my family and it brings me great joy how my grandchildren delight in my physical strength and the level of activity that I am capable of sustaining. SilverSneakers is very much a part of how I take care of myself because of my eligibility for a 24-Hour Fitness membership that includes SilverSneakers (sic). I'm motivated to stay active because it makes me feel and look great. One of my fitness goals now that I am 73 is to become a 75-year-old body builder and maybe even win a competition. I tell myself, "keep it moving." Yes Oakland CA Yes HealthNet Digital Member Downtown Oakland, CA No Image Available
08/29/2018 Kali Anything to help me keep upright. I have had surgery on both feet/ankles due to injuries from falling. I appreciate anything to help me keep upright. I have had surgery on both feet/ankles due to injuries from falling. I appreciate anything to help me keep upright. Yes No Digital MPC
08/29/2018 Rachel Have lost 90 pounds Have lost 90 pounds need to lose 50 more Have lost 90 pounds need to lose 50 more Yes No Digital MPC
08/28/2018 Audra I love this stage of life I love this stage of life and I want to be the best "me" I can be. I have a Facebook group with my mom and that encourages me to be healthy! My mom inspired me to participate [in the Million Pound Challenge]....she is almost 70 and looks amazing. I love this stage of life and I want to be the best "me" I can be. I have a Facebook group with my mom and that encourages me to be healthy! My mom inspired me to participate [in the Million Pound Challenge]....she is almost 70 and looks amazing. Yes No Digital MPC
08/28/2018 Cheryl Keep up with my grandchildren I am currently trying to remain active. In April 2014, I had gastric by-pass and have been working out or walking ever since. I want to be able to keep up with my grandchildren as they grow and become more active. I am currently trying to remain active. In April 2014, I had gastric by-pass and have been working out or walking ever since. I want to be able to keep up with my grandchildren as they grow and become more active. Yes No Digital MPC
08/28/2018 Fidelia Keeping up with grandchildren I started walking with my grandchildren. I needed more to do to keep up with them. I started walking with my grandchildren. I needed more to do to keep up with them. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/28/2018 Denise I must get in shape I am 61, I have arthritis and knee replacements and I MUST get in shape (again)! I am 61, I have arthritis and knee replacements and I MUST get in shape (again)! Yes No Digital MPC
08/27/2018 Ann At 64, I’m reinventing myself! At 64, I’m reinventing myself! Nothing says that I have to decline as the years tick by. New vision. New goals. At 64, I’m reinventing myself! Nothing says that I have to decline as the years tick by. New vision. New goals. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/27/2018 Wynne I feel so much better I joined the Weight Watchers Freestyle program, got a Fitbit and take water aerobics classes four times a week. I feel so much better after losing 32 pounds so far. Still plan to lose 40 more. I joined the Weight Watchers Freestyle program, got a Fitbit and take water aerobics classes four times a week. I feel so much better after losing 32 pounds so far. Still plan to lose 40 more. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/26/2018 Mary Good for me to start exercising I just came home from taking care of my 91 year old dad. I have been helping with his physical therapy and decided it would be good for me to start exercising I just came home from taking care of my 91 year old dad. I have been helping with his physical therapy and decided it would be good for me to start exercising Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/25/2018 Laura Never had a weight problem until I was older Never had a weight problem until I was older and I had no clue where to start! Going to continue with yoga and walking, just staying active. Never had a weight problem until I was older and I had no clue where to start! Going to continue with yoga and walking, just staying active. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/25/2018 Sharon I suffered a blood clot I suffered a blood clot to my lungs. Once I was able to work out again I was in it to win it. I suffered a blood clot to my lungs. Once I was able to work out again I was in it to win it. Yes No Digital MPC
08/24/2018 Rosemary My First Powerlifting Meet — Set Oregon State Deadlift Record at age 78 I started my fitness journey at age 71, first certified NASM age 75, certified SilverSneakers Classic and Circuit age 75, (see article from blog October 23, 2017 --“These 7 People Became SilverSneakers Instructors After Age 60, by Locke Hughes) and this weekend, a few days before my 79th birthday, I participated in my first ever Powerlifting meet and set an Oregon State Record. I teach three SilverSneakers Classic classes, one Senior Fitness Class and two Aqua Classes per week and train four times per week. From the Lion’s Den (my team) Here are a few photos and a video from my first ever Powerlifting Meet (Oregon State Championships, June 16-17, 2018 @Hallmark Resort, Newport, Oregon). What an adventure!!! The officials and staff worked beautifully to keep things moving seamlessly; all are so dedicated, and it was interesting to watch them take different shifts. My event: Class: 60kg. Women, Master (75-79) Deadlift only. At 78, I was the eldest competitor. Lifts: Opening: 176.4 lbs., second 192.8 pounds, third 209.4 pounds Oregon state record (the background music was so loud, it was hard to hear precise numbers so I’m sure I’ll see them when they are posted). It was like watching a ballet as my coach, Evan, went back and forth, keeping track of the pace of the meet and working with my teammates in Flight B for warm-up, then at the platform through their events. His timing was incredible! Everyone was precisely ready for their events. I was thrilled to cheer for my teammates during their squat and bench events. Next, he told me when it was time for me to warm up – I was first on the list for the Deadlift (EEK!) in Flight A. We shared the warm-up area with some other, younger contestants who were most gracious in letting me go first while we shared some similar weights, then it was show time! I chalked up, got the signal that I was on the platform and did my first lift. Success!! The judge called for my equipment to be checked for both the second and third lifts, and I got a record!!! It was almost a dream. My work was complete, so I sat down to watch my teammates and the other contestants through the remaining three flights do their deadlifts until the awards ceremony. My medal is huge and heavy, but it is beautiful. As I turn 79 in a few days, I feel so blessed to have my family and trainer/coach as my support team to be the best I can be no matter what the age. Resistance work is key to maintaining muscle mass although I don't recommend what I do for those who should not do this for various health reasons, among them osteoporosis, back or balance issues. August 2018—after working with my trainer on FRC (Functional Range Conditioning) for only six weeks, my hips and shoulders had improved enough range of motion to start pre-training for my next competition in December. I’m learning sumo deadlifts, squats and bench presses so that I can do full power in my next meet. Actual meet training will begin in September. Link to video of state deadlift: https://www.facebook.com/bostonlady/videos/pcb.2030989980485413/10216300173487722/?type=3&ifg=1 ******** I wanted to include photos of the record deadlift, the medal I received, and a photo after the meet with my trainer/coach, Evan McDaniel, but it seems that the form will accept only one photo. Please contact me if you wish to publish this account and find a way to put the appropriate photos in as well as the video. Update to show my latest achievement—originally posted in SilverSneakers Instructor page on Facebook on June 18, 2018, and many have asked for my story to share. This could be posted in either the Blog or on the SilverSneakers Facebook page. I started my fitness journey at age 71, first certified NASM age 75, certified SilverSneakers Classic and Circuit age 75, (see article from blog October 23, 2017 --“These 7 People Became SilverSneakers Instructors After Age 60, by Locke Hughes) and this weekend, a few days before my 79th birthday, I participated in my first ever Powerlifting meet and set an Oregon State Record. I teach three SilverSneakers Classic classes, one Senior Fitness Class and two Aqua Classes per week and train four times per week. From the Lion’s Den (my team) Here are a few photos and a video from my first ever Powerlifting Meet (Oregon State Championships, June 16-17, 2018 @Hallmark Resort, Newport, Oregon). What an adventure!!! The officials and staff worked beautifully to keep things moving seamlessly; all are so dedicated, and it was interesting to watch them take different shifts. My event: Class: 60kg. Women, Master (75-79) Deadlift only. At 78, I was the eldest competitor. Lifts: Opening: 176.4 lbs., second 192.8 pounds, third 209.4 pounds Oregon state record (the background music was so loud, it was hard to hear precise numbers so I’m sure I’ll see them when they are posted). It was like watching a ballet as my coach, Evan, went back and forth, keeping track of the pace of the meet and working with my teammates in Flight B for warm-up, then at the platform through their events. His timing was incredible! Everyone was precisely ready for their events. I was thrilled to cheer for my teammates during their squat and bench events. Next, he told me when it was time for me to warm up – I was first on the list for the Deadlift (EEK!) in Flight A. We shared the warm-up area with some other, younger contestants who were most gracious in letting me go first while we shared some similar weights, then it was show time! I chalked up, got the signal that I was on the platform and did my first lift. Success!! The judge called for my equipment to be checked for both the second and third lifts, and I got a record!!! It was almost a dream. My work was complete, so I sat down to watch my teammates and the other contestants through the remaining three flights do their deadlifts until the awards ceremony. My medal is huge and heavy, but it is beautiful. As I turn 79 in a few days, I feel so blessed to have my family and trainer/coach as my support team to be the best I can be no matter what the age. Resistance work is key to maintaining muscle mass although I don't recommend what I do for those who should not do this for various health reasons, among them osteoporosis, back or balance issues. August 2018—after working with my trainer on FRC (Functional Range Conditioning) for only six weeks, my hips and shoulders had improved enough range of motion to start pre-training for my next competition in December. I’m learning sumo deadlifts, squats and bench presses so that I can do full power in my next meet. Actual meet training will begin in September. Link to video of state deadlift: https://www.facebook.com/bostonlady/videos/pcb.2030989980485413/10216300173487722/?type=3&ifg=1 ******** I wanted to include photos of the record deadlift, the medal I received, and a photo after the meet with my trainer/coach, Evan McDaniel, but it seems that the form will accept only one photo. Please contact me if you wish to publish this account and find a way to put the appropriate photos in as well as the video. Update to show my latest achievement—originally posted in SilverSneakers Instructor page on Facebook on June 18, 2018, and many have asked for my story to share. This could be posted in either the Blog or on the SilverSneakers Facebook page. Yes Aloha OR Yes United HealthCare Digital Member 24 Hour Fitness locations: Tanasbourne, Murray Scholls, Beaverton, Hillsboro No Image Available
08/18/2018 Maryse The positive aura inspired me The positive aura inspired me to participate [in MPC]. The health benefits are kept in mind in order to continue on a healthy path. The positive aura inspired me to participate [in MPC]. The health benefits are kept in mind in order to continue on a healthy path. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/18/2018 Charlene Want to be my old self again I want to be my old self again. Was very active, got cancer and chemo and radiation really did a number on me. Always tired, need exercise. I want to be my old self again. Was very active, got cancer and chemo and radiation really did a number on me. Always tired, need exercise. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/16/2018 Carole I now have 20 great-grans I now have 20 great-grans and am approaching my 83 birthday. I would like to be able to watch their lives unfold. I now have 20 great-grans and am approaching my 83 birthday. I would like to be able to watch their lives unfold. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/21/2018 Patricia Disappointing schedule change for SilverSneakers exercise class Recently there was a schedule change for SilverSneakers exercise class at Fitness 19 on Temecula Parkway (in Temecula, CA) from 11:00 am to 7:00 am MWF--which was very disappointing and upsetting to class members. We felt disrespected and disenfranchised. I thought you should know about this. I tried to attach a pdf which tells the story, but the file type was not allowed so I am sending an email to support@silversneakers.com Recently there was a schedule change for SilverSneakers exercise class at Fitness 19 on Temecula Parkway (in Temecula, CA) from 11:00 am to 7:00 am MWF--which was very disappointing and upsetting to class members. We felt disrespected and disenfranchised. I thought you should know about this. I tried to attach a pdf which tells the story, but the file type was not allowed so I am sending an email to support@silversneakers.com Yes Temecula No Digital Member Fitness 19 on Temecula Pkwy No Image Available
08/18/2018 kathy I like dance classes I like the dance classes at the gym in Havasu City. Havasu fitness I can not get SilverSneakers any more. My insurance won't pay for it any more and I cannot afford to join the gym. I wish someone will donate a SilverSneakers card to me for free. Or the community wll get me a SilverSneakers card free for me to use. I am poor I don't make much money. I like the dance classes at the gym in Havasu City. Havasu fitness I can not get SilverSneakers any more. My insurance won't pay for it any more and I cannot afford to join the gym. I wish someone will donate a SilverSneakers card to me for free. Or the community wll get me a SilverSneakers card free for me to use. I am poor I don't make much money. Yes lake havasu city az AZ Yes America's 1st Choice Health Plans Digital Member Havasu itness
08/15/2018 Wanda I need to move more I need to move more and keep and build muscle tone. Work on balance and ease some aches and pains. Weight loss would be cool. I need to move more and keep and build muscle tone. Work on balance and ease some aches and pains. Weight loss would be cool. Yes No Digital MPC
08/15/2018 Amos I’m a little bit heavy I'm a little bit heavy need to lose a few pounds a fat and gain muscles. I'm thinking this will help me out. I'm a little bit heavy need to lose a few pounds a fat and gain muscles. I'm thinking this will help me out. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/15/2018 Pearl Have been participating in SilverSneakers Have been participating in SilverSneakers for awhile now, I love the exercise program that is offered by fitness centers. Have been participating in SilverSneakers for awhile now, I love the exercise program that is offered by fitness centers. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/16/2018 Rosa SilverSneakers, an angel ? in Disguise I am a retired teacher. I actually retired last year. I retired because I wasn’t feeling well anymore. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and was overweight. If I couldn’t give my angels (my students) 100 percent then I didn’t belong in the classroom. My mother passed away and so I was without my children and without my mother so I felt as if I didn’t have a purpose in life any longer and I succumbed to depression. I went to see my doctor because the pain I felt on my knees was excruciating! I could barely walk. She told me I needed to go to water aerobics or just have knee replacements. I opted for the first choice. She informed me about SilverSneakers and I registered and went to the YMCA nearest to my home. I am afraid of the water so I proceeded to go to the swimming pool area like a child entering a dark alley. An elderly lady with an angelic smile and the sweetest baby blue eyes approached me and asked me, “Is this your first time?” I nodded and she gently grabbed my arm and told me not to be afraid. She was 83 years old, had had a heart attack, a shoulder operation and a knee replacement. I felt ashamed for being such a coward. As we entered the swimming pool area I saw many elderly ladies in the water with great big smiles talking and laughing! My angel, as I now call her, raised her voice and said, Ladies this is Rosa’s first time here and she is afraid of the water!” In unison all the ladies walked toward me and gave me words of encouragement as I walked down the stairs into the pool with my angel holding my arm. They gave me a belt to help me float and led me toward a corner where I could hold on to a rail. To this day my angel always stands near me showing me, a 65-year-old woman, how to do the exercises correctly and giving me words of encouragement. I go to water aerobics three times a week and I also attend stretch exercising classes twice a week. I use the exercise machines before or after my exercises and I have started walking around the park. I would have never done all this if it had not been for SilverSneakers and the participation of the YMCA in this program. As I go into the Y the personnel greets me with a smile and when I leave they thank me for coming. The instructors are very well trained and teach us exercises that a senior citizen is capable of doing. They encourage you and laugh with you. They are such wonderful professionals! My life has had a 360 degree turn. Where I thought I had no purpose anymore, I now have a purpose to get up every morning. I go to a place where I am valued and I feel so good! My garden is prettier than ever and I smile a lot because I am happy! I thank God every single day for putting angels in my path to make my retirement days purposeful, joyful and pain free. By the way, I just enrolled at EPCC and will be taking French and Italian for seniors. I wanted to take two other classes but they were already full so I’ll be sure to register earlier next semester! Thank you for caring for us Seniors who devoted their lives caring for others. ?? Love you all ?! I am a retired teacher. I actually retired last year. I retired because I wasn’t feeling well anymore. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and was overweight. If I couldn’t give my angels (my students) 100 percent then I didn’t belong in the classroom. My mother passed away and so I was without my children and without my mother so I felt as if I didn’t have a purpose in life any longer and I succumbed to depression. I went to see my doctor because the pain I felt on my knees was excruciating! I could barely walk. She told me I needed to go to water aerobics or just have knee replacements. I opted for the first choice. She informed me about SilverSneakers and I registered and went to the YMCA nearest to my home. I am afraid of the water so I proceeded to go to the swimming pool area like a child entering a dark alley. An elderly lady with an angelic smile and the sweetest baby blue eyes approached me and asked me, “Is this your first time?” I nodded and she gently grabbed my arm and told me not to be afraid. She was 83 years old, had had a heart attack, a shoulder operation and a knee replacement. I felt ashamed for being such a coward. As we entered the swimming pool area I saw many elderly ladies in the water with great big smiles talking and laughing! My angel, as I now call her, raised her voice and said, Ladies this is Rosa’s first time here and she is afraid of the water!” In unison all the ladies walked toward me and gave me words of encouragement as I walked down the stairs into the pool with my angel holding my arm. They gave me a belt to help me float and led me toward a corner where I could hold on to a rail. To this day my angel always stands near me showing me, a 65-year-old woman, how to do the exercises correctly and giving me words of encouragement. I go to water aerobics three times a week and I also attend stretch exercising classes twice a week. I use the exercise machines before or after my exercises and I have started walking around the park. I would have never done all this if it had not been for SilverSneakers and the participation of the YMCA in this program. As I go into the Y the personnel greets me with a smile and when I leave they thank me for coming. The instructors are very well trained and teach us exercises that a senior citizen is capable of doing. They encourage you and laugh with you. They are such wonderful professionals! My life has had a 360 degree turn. Where I thought I had no purpose anymore, I now have a purpose to get up every morning. I go to a place where I am valued and I feel so good! My garden is prettier than ever and I smile a lot because I am happy! I thank God every single day for putting angels in my path to make my retirement days purposeful, joyful and pain free. By the way, I just enrolled at EPCC and will be taking French and Italian for seniors. I wanted to take two other classes but they were already full so I’ll be sure to register earlier next semester! Thank you for caring for us Seniors who devoted their lives caring for others. ?? Love you all ?! Yes El Paso TX Yes Humana Digital Member YMCA No Image Available
08/15/2018 Carlene I have diabetes and arthritis I have diabetes and arthritis bad and really love life, I'm 58 so I want to be without the pain that I have. Yes, I'm ready to be free to walk and exercise. I don't want to sit and watch my grandchildren - I want play with them. Thank You! I have diabetes and arthritis bad and really love life, I'm 58 so I want to be without the pain that I have. Yes, I'm ready to be free to walk and exercise. I don't want to sit and watch my grandchildren - I want play with them. Thank You! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/15/2018 Linda Not Everyone Gets SilverSneakers Membership I was excited when I read about SilverSneakers, and hoping to get a membership at the local gym. But then I learned that Blue Cross/Blue Shield supplemental doesn't cover it. It seems like it would cost less to support gym memberships than to pay for surgeries and illnesses. I was excited when I read about SilverSneakers, and hoping to get a membership at the local gym. But then I learned that Blue Cross/Blue Shield supplemental doesn't cover it. It seems like it would cost less to support gym memberships than to pay for surgeries and illnesses. Yes Eaton Rapids MI No Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Digital Member No Image Available
08/15/2018 Robert Stay Fit to Stay Young I've always worked to stay fit because it makes me feel better and SilverSneakers makes it easier now that I'm retired. Whenever I'm in a Nursing Home, it drives home the point that staying active and physically fit is the best way to avoid the need for Nursing Home care. Almost daily, I go to U-Fit to get in an hour of either strength or aerobic training and my weight and body fat percentage have remained unchanged after my retirement. I seldom have illnesses and always have the energy to do whatever I need to do around the house. Having SilverSneakers also allows me to find a workout location during travel which helps me to endure and enjoy the travel. I've always worked to stay fit because it makes me feel better and SilverSneakers makes it easier now that I'm retired. Whenever I'm in a Nursing Home, it drives home the point that staying active and physically fit is the best way to avoid the need for Nursing Home care. Almost daily, I go to U-Fit to get in an hour of either strength or aerobic training and my weight and body fat percentage have remained unchanged after my retirement. I seldom have illnesses and always have the energy to do whatever I need to do around the house. Having SilverSneakers also allows me to find a workout location during travel which helps me to endure and enjoy the travel. Yes AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member U-Fit on a regular basis and LA Fitness on occasion No Image Available
08/14/2018 Trisha Knee replacement after a fall After a fall which led to total knee replacement I want to keep as healthy as possible. And the mobility to keep on the go and active is what makes me stick with it. After a fall which led to total knee replacement I want to keep as healthy as possible. And the mobility to keep on the go and active is what makes me stick with it. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/13/2018 Judy I have lost 15 pounds I have lost 15 pounds using the FatSecret app. Now I need exercise. I have lost 15 pounds using the FatSecret app. Now I need exercise. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/13/2018 Rebecca No transportation I am a member of SilverSneakers, however, I do not have transportation to go to the events they have scheduled. I am a member of SilverSneakers, however, I do not have transportation to go to the events they have scheduled. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/13/2018 Henry Severe COPD I am losing weight trying to stay in shape with severe COPD for seven years. I am keeping track every day. I'm a disciplined person. I am losing weight trying to stay in shape with severe COPD for seven years. I am keeping track every day. I'm a disciplined person. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/13/2018 Deb Want to be healthier as I age Want to be healthier as I age Want to be healthier as I age Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/13/2018 Aime 91 year old’s routine I am 91 years of age. My legs are weak. My goal is to keep walking. My routine consists of riding the stationary bike for 2 miles, #4 resistance for 10 minutes. An exercise on the machine, arms, legs and back - 2 reps of 15 each. I look forward to the new wellness center with pool. I am 91 years of age. My legs are weak. My goal is to keep walking. My routine consists of riding the stationary bike for 2 miles, #4 resistance for 10 minutes. An exercise on the machine, arms, legs and back - 2 reps of 15 each. I look forward to the new wellness center with pool. Yes Centreville AL No Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member No Image Available
08/10/2018 Karen Staying healthy My husband is pre-diabetic so we are eating healthy and walking up to 4 miles so far a day to help him lose weight. My husband is pre-diabetic so we are eating healthy and walking up to 4 miles so far a day to help him lose weight. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/10/2018 Patricia Taking my grandchildren hiking Taking my grandchildren hiking next summer Taking my grandchildren hiking next summer Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/07/2018 John Getting fit! I'm a new 65-year-old gym nut. I recently joined the gym because my doctor suggested a change in my health. You see my A1C is 6.0 and I have chronic pain in my lower back due to herniated discs and pinched nerves. So far the pool and the treadmills have helped. I have lost six pounds in one week and because of SilverSneakers I will continue to improve. I'm a new 65-year-old gym nut. I recently joined the gym because my doctor suggested a change in my health. You see my A1C is 6.0 and I have chronic pain in my lower back due to herniated discs and pinched nerves. So far the pool and the treadmills have helped. I have lost six pounds in one week and because of SilverSneakers I will continue to improve. Yes Chloride AZ Yes United HealthCare Digital Member Kingman Fitness & Racquet Club No Image Available
08/05/2018 Les I needed the activity Shoulder replacement surgery forced me into inactivity and weight gain/metabolism decrease. I needed the activity. Then the clincher was the social aspect/coffee afterwards. Shoulder replacement surgery forced me into inactivity and weight gain/metabolism decrease. I needed the activity. Then the clincher was the social aspect/coffee afterwards. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/05/2018 Jacqueline Doctor suggested SilverSneakers I have enjoyed light exercise and staying busy. I need to regain that energy after a 10-month serious illness and multiple surgeries. My doctor suggested SilverSneakers. So here I am. I have enjoyed light exercise and staying busy. I need to regain that energy after a 10-month serious illness and multiple surgeries. My doctor suggested SilverSneakers. So here I am. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/04/2018 Mary Ann Friends inspired me My friends have inspired me to participate. I’ve only just begun! My friends have inspired me to participate. I’ve only just begun! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/04/2018 Leslye Inspired by others Watching every one losing the weight, I said I can do that too. So I will put on my Fitbit and walk every day. Watching every one losing the weight, I said I can do that too. So I will put on my Fitbit and walk every day. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/03/2018 Tracey Starting my journey Joined Weight Watchers. Going to join a gym and walk every morning. Joined Weight Watchers. Going to join a gym and walk every morning. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/04/2018 Maria Leonor Enercicio sigue siendo necesario para Enercicio sigue siendo necesario para mi. Gracias por aaceptarme..!! Enercicio sigue siendo necesario para mi. Gracias por aaceptarme..!! Yes No Digital MPC
08/05/2018 Frank Weight Lost! My story: On July 13, 2018 my wife and I and her son (presently in a High School Band) traveled and toured to Europe, there were 250 students in our group from high schools in several different cities and states. Just before leaving on that day, I weighted myself on my home scale, and it showed exactly 299 pounds. I was a little (maybe alot disappointed), as I was hoping this 15-day trip to Europe would motivate me and get my mind set to start a new work out and aerobic program. In my mind set I was determined. On, Friday, August 24, 2018 we arrived at LA EX , and couldn't wait to get home, (trust me). Little that I knew, in my mail box my prayers were about to be answered. In my mailbox was a letter from SilverSneakers. It was like a dream come true!! Today, Sunday, August 5, 2018, my wife and I plan to go to the gym. My wife and I are very excited and determined! Without the SilverSneakers program I couldn't be more excited and determined to get started. And, yes it took us 1 week to get started with our training program. We just couldn't get used to the time change, so I slept and took naps when possible during the day ! P.S. By the way, I lost 20 pounds [in Europe] - weighed myself when I got home. I am so proud of myself! My story: On July 13, 2018 my wife and I and her son (presently in a High School Band) traveled and toured to Europe, there were 250 students in our group from high schools in several different cities and states. Just before leaving on that day, I weighted myself on my home scale, and it showed exactly 299 pounds. I was a little (maybe alot disappointed), as I was hoping this 15-day trip to Europe would motivate me and get my mind set to start a new work out and aerobic program. In my mind set I was determined. On, Friday, August 24, 2018 we arrived at LA EX , and couldn't wait to get home, (trust me). Little that I knew, in my mail box my prayers were about to be answered. In my mailbox was a letter from SilverSneakers. It was like a dream come true!! Today, Sunday, August 5, 2018, my wife and I plan to go to the gym. My wife and I are very excited and determined! Without the SilverSneakers program I couldn't be more excited and determined to get started. And, yes it took us 1 week to get started with our training program. We just couldn't get used to the time change, so I slept and took naps when possible during the day ! P.S. By the way, I lost 20 pounds [in Europe] - weighed myself when I got home. I am so proud of myself! Yes Rancho Cucamonga CA Yes The Health Plan Digital Member Rancho Cucamonga
08/03/2018 Gretchen Simple exercises I like the idea of simple exercises I like the idea of simple exercises Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/02/2018 Linda Gained weight after surgery After knee surgery I gained a little bitt of weight and need to lose it. I'm diabetic with high blood pressure and one lung that does work 100% After knee surgery I gained a little bitt of weight and need to lose it. I'm diabetic with high blood pressure and one lung that does work 100% Yes No Digital MPC
08/02/2018 Erin I need to get going I need to lose belly fat and tone my musles. For the first time in my life I have a big stomach. I need to get going with every form of exercise. I need to lose belly fat and tone my musles. For the first time in my life I have a big stomach. I need to get going with every form of exercise. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/02/2018 Alan My Lifetime Routine I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1987. Some of the symptoms that were affecting me were poor balance, weakness in certain body parts and emotions. SilverSneakers allows me the opportunity to swim and weight train on a regular schedule. This has definitely improved my health, balance, strength and emotions. I believe that this has contributed to the stability of my MS. These positive results have allowed me to pursue and continue a positive and rewarding life and stay motivated utilizing my SiverSneakers benefits. I recommend anybody with access to SilverSneakers who wants to improve their lives to take advantage of all its opportunities. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1987. Some of the symptoms that were affecting me were poor balance, weakness in certain body parts and emotions. SilverSneakers allows me the opportunity to swim and weight train on a regular schedule. This has definitely improved my health, balance, strength and emotions. I believe that this has contributed to the stability of my MS. These positive results have allowed me to pursue and continue a positive and rewarding life and stay motivated utilizing my SiverSneakers benefits. I recommend anybody with access to SilverSneakers who wants to improve their lives to take advantage of all its opportunities. Yes Birmingham AL Yes Digital Member Lakeshore Foundation
08/01/2018 Cheri I’m having difficulty exercising. I'm having difficulty exercising. Since I am a SilverSneakers member, I thought this [the MPC] would help me I'm having difficulty exercising. Since I am a SilverSneakers member, I thought this [the MPC] would help me Yes No Digital MPC
08/01/2018 Alice Gain strength and balance Gain strength and balance Gain strength and balance Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/01/2018 Linda Lose weight Need to lose weight and gain more flexibility Need to lose weight and gain more flexibility Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/01/2018 John Interested in long, healthy life I am interested in a long, healthy life by regular exercise and eating healthy. I am interested in a long, healthy life by regular exercise and eating healthy. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
08/01/2018 Robert So I can breathe better. So I can breathe better. So I can breathe better. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/31/2018 Linda I just learned about MPC I just learned about this group today In my SilverSneakers class at our Y. I just learned about this group today In my SilverSneakers class at our Y. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/31/2018 Sandra Goal to walk unassisted I need to start to be able to walk again. I do walk but it's with a walker. Now I would like to do this with a cane or without one. That is my goal. I need to start to be able to walk again. I do walk but it's with a walker. Now I would like to do this with a cane or without one. That is my goal. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/31/2018 Rebecca Recommended by friend My friend told me about this plan and how to join! My friend told me about this plan and how to join! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/31/2018 Fred Need to get in shape I was in an accident, and I'd like to get back in some shape. I was in an accident, and I'd like to get back in some shape. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/31/2018 Margie Need to regain strength I have some muscle wasting due to an illness. I need to exercise to regain strength. I have some muscle wasting due to an illness. I need to exercise to regain strength. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/30/2018 Joann Exercises at home Interested in doing exercises at home to improve my health and lose weight. Interested in doing exercises at home to improve my health and lose weight. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/28/2018 Charles In desperate need to lose weight I am a 67-year-old male with an artificial knee and high blood pressure. I’ve had six strokes. I’ve have three bulging disc in my back, and am in desperate need to lose about 25 pounds maybe 30. I am a 67-year-old male with an artificial knee and high blood pressure. I’ve had six strokes. I’ve have three bulging disc in my back, and am in desperate need to lose about 25 pounds maybe 30. Yes No Digital MPC
07/28/2018 Patricia Learning which exercises are best for me Being in a lot of pain, I need to learn what exercise is good for me. Being in a lot of pain, I need to learn what exercise is good for me. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/27/2018 Mary I feel healthier In January 2018, I took advantage of my BlueCross Blue Shield SilverSneakers benefit by joining the YMCA of Coosa Valley Gadsden. My goal was to enjoy a healthier retirement. In April 2018, my doctor reduced my high blood pressure medication to half of my previous dosage. Big thanks to both YMCA of Coosa Valley Gadsden's friendly environment and staff as well as BlueCross BlueShield. I feel healthier and enjoy my workouts as well as my new YMCA friends. In January 2018, I took advantage of my BlueCross Blue Shield SilverSneakers benefit by joining the YMCA of Coosa Valley Gadsden. My goal was to enjoy a healthier retirement. In April 2018, my doctor reduced my high blood pressure medication to half of my previous dosage. Big thanks to both YMCA of Coosa Valley Gadsden's friendly environment and staff as well as BlueCross BlueShield. I feel healthier and enjoy my workouts as well as my new YMCA friends. Yes No Digital MPC YMCA of Coosa Valley Gadsden
07/27/2018 Marla Healthy Lifestyle in Your 70s Why do I love Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) and SilverSneakers? Although I did not realize it at the time, my love for OCR started when I wanted to do one race with my oldest son as he was so passionate about OCR. Together we ran my first Spartan Sprint in February, 2016 with me doing it at the age of 70. Financially, I had to work three jobs to support my three children and myself as they grew up. In my 20s and 30s, I played in softball and volleyball leagues, but that came to a halt when both my sons were diagnosed with a Learning Disability. Statistics at that time showed that over 60 percent of boys with this disability dropped out of school by the time they were 16. I devoted all my energy to making sure they did not become a statistic. By the time my children had families of their own, I was at the place in my life where I was not involved in any activities and refer to it as being in a void. My scoliosis was more pronounced after a head-on collision by drunk drivers along with a buldging disc and eventually led to the spine in my neck collasping. I was also diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. This trauma also accelerated my osteoarthritis of the joints. I lived with daily pain and sitting for long periods of time was difficult. This started my battle with depression and anxiety attacks in dealing with the pain. Then OCR became a part of my life. After that first OCR, I signed up for eight other OCR's in 2016. I realized my pain was lessened as I was building muscle that took the pressure off my joints. Sleepless nights were far fewer, I adjusted my diet and my depression and anxiety attacks were diminishing. Realization hit me head on: I was addicted to OCR and absolutely loved doing them. I felt better than I had for years. My confidence in OCR improved in 2017 and I completed 13 OCRs. These included 2 Spartan Trifectas at the young age of 72 including the Spartan World Championship Beast. I also set a goal to run 1,000 miles for the year and completed this by the first week of December. I watched videos on proper running form, how to conquer an obstacle and breathing techniques. I had not been to a gym until June 2017 so I mostly learned what I needed to improve on with each race I did. I had never been to a gym as I live on a limited income but thanks to SilverSneakers I am now able to go to one. OCR requires upper body strength in climbing over walls and carrying heavy objects so being able to go to a gym I am able to increase my upper body strength. By July, I have already completed seven Spartans in 2018 with five more on the schedule which will give me three Trifectas including the Beast at the Tahoe World Championship at the young age of 73. I also ran in three other OCR's with three more scheduled. Surgery sidelined me for three months in 2018 and made me realize how much more energy and drive I have when I am racing and saw my pain level increase along with difficulty sleeping because I was not training. There are many faces of an OCR racer. There the Elite racers who compete for a podium finish and the racers who compete for a podium spot in the age group category. Then there are racers such as myself in the Open category who will not compete for a podium but instead compete for pride and race with our hearts. We will not be recognized for our race times or will people know of our inner struggles or our name. We push ourselves to be the best we can be. DNF is not something we will give in to and most likely will tear up at the finish line when the medal is placed around our neck. Each of us know what it took to finish a race and what it took to get there. We are Seasoned Athletes! The length of OCR'S varies from 3.12-5 miles, 8-10 miles and 13-17 miles with 25-32 obstacles. OCR pushes you to your limits and the inner drive to succeed is prominent but most important is the fact of I did it. I set goals to improve race time or challenge myself to conquer an obstacle that has previously eluded me as my upper body strength is improving due to a gym membership. I race with no excuses. The reward of finishing and getting that medal is priceless. Some say we are crazy to pay to play on a playground full of mud, dirt, doing heavy bucket and sandbag carries, and when your legs are like jelly you have to climb a cargo net or wall and other obstacles like crawling 1/4 mile uphill under barb wire. My hope is that my story inspires other members of the older generation to go out and participate in Obstacle Course Racing as it is never too late to embark on a new journey and realize age is just a number. Thanks to SilverSneakers I can stay fit, stay off the couch and, as I said earlier, I feel better than I have for years. RISK - Some look at it with fear and doubt while others take the challenge and conquer. To the senior generation in the 70s Club....you are all RISK takers and set an example and inspiration for others!! I just want everyone to take the RISK as nothing is impossible. My OCR medal rack: 5 Tough Mudder head bands 14 Spartan Medals 7 Terrain Medals 4 Rugged Maniac Medals 1 Mogollon Monster Medal 20 other races Total: 51 races in 33 months. Age is just a number. Be proud of who you are and what you have accomplished. Why do I love Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) and SilverSneakers? Although I did not realize it at the time, my love for OCR started when I wanted to do one race with my oldest son as he was so passionate about OCR. Together we ran my first Spartan Sprint in February, 2016 with me doing it at the age of 70. Financially, I had to work three jobs to support my three children and myself as they grew up. In my 20s and 30s, I played in softball and volleyball leagues, but that came to a halt when both my sons were diagnosed with a Learning Disability. Statistics at that time showed that over 60 percent of boys with this disability dropped out of school by the time they were 16. I devoted all my energy to making sure they did not become a statistic. By the time my children had families of their own, I was at the place in my life where I was not involved in any activities and refer to it as being in a void. My scoliosis was more pronounced after a head-on collision by drunk drivers along with a buldging disc and eventually led to the spine in my neck collasping. I was also diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. This trauma also accelerated my osteoarthritis of the joints. I lived with daily pain and sitting for long periods of time was difficult. This started my battle with depression and anxiety attacks in dealing with the pain. Then OCR became a part of my life. After that first OCR, I signed up for eight other OCR's in 2016. I realized my pain was lessened as I was building muscle that took the pressure off my joints. Sleepless nights were far fewer, I adjusted my diet and my depression and anxiety attacks were diminishing. Realization hit me head on: I was addicted to OCR and absolutely loved doing them. I felt better than I had for years. My confidence in OCR improved in 2017 and I completed 13 OCRs. These included 2 Spartan Trifectas at the young age of 72 including the Spartan World Championship Beast. I also set a goal to run 1,000 miles for the year and completed this by the first week of December. I watched videos on proper running form, how to conquer an obstacle and breathing techniques. I had not been to a gym until June 2017 so I mostly learned what I needed to improve on with each race I did. I had never been to a gym as I live on a limited income but thanks to SilverSneakers I am now able to go to one. OCR requires upper body strength in climbing over walls and carrying heavy objects so being able to go to a gym I am able to increase my upper body strength. By July, I have already completed seven Spartans in 2018 with five more on the schedule which will give me three Trifectas including the Beast at the Tahoe World Championship at the young age of 73. I also ran in three other OCR's with three more scheduled. Surgery sidelined me for three months in 2018 and made me realize how much more energy and drive I have when I am racing and saw my pain level increase along with difficulty sleeping because I was not training. There are many faces of an OCR racer. There the Elite racers who compete for a podium finish and the racers who compete for a podium spot in the age group category. Then there are racers such as myself in the Open category who will not compete for a podium but instead compete for pride and race with our hearts. We will not be recognized for our race times or will people know of our inner struggles or our name. We push ourselves to be the best we can be. DNF is not something we will give in to and most likely will tear up at the finish line when the medal is placed around our neck. Each of us know what it took to finish a race and what it took to get there. We are Seasoned Athletes! The length of OCR'S varies from 3.12-5 miles, 8-10 miles and 13-17 miles with 25-32 obstacles. OCR pushes you to your limits and the inner drive to succeed is prominent but most important is the fact of I did it. I set goals to improve race time or challenge myself to conquer an obstacle that has previously eluded me as my upper body strength is improving due to a gym membership. I race with no excuses. The reward of finishing and getting that medal is priceless. Some say we are crazy to pay to play on a playground full of mud, dirt, doing heavy bucket and sandbag carries, and when your legs are like jelly you have to climb a cargo net or wall and other obstacles like crawling 1/4 mile uphill under barb wire. My hope is that my story inspires other members of the older generation to go out and participate in Obstacle Course Racing as it is never too late to embark on a new journey and realize age is just a number. Thanks to SilverSneakers I can stay fit, stay off the couch and, as I said earlier, I feel better than I have for years. RISK - Some look at it with fear and doubt while others take the challenge and conquer. To the senior generation in the 70s Club....you are all RISK takers and set an example and inspiration for others!! I just want everyone to take the RISK as nothing is impossible. My OCR medal rack: 5 Tough Mudder head bands 14 Spartan Medals 7 Terrain Medals 4 Rugged Maniac Medals 1 Mogollon Monster Medal 20 other races Total: 51 races in 33 months. Age is just a number. Be proud of who you are and what you have accomplished. Yes Tucson AZ Yes United HealthCare Digital Member Planet Fitness Phoenix, AZ and Chuze Fitness Tucson, AZ No Image Available
07/27/2018 Sharon Proud to be a life-long exerciser! I've been working out pretty much continuously for the past 40 years. I'm not quite as fast and agile as I used to be, but the instructors in my circuit training classes routinely comment that I'm more "into" the routines than some of the younger participants. I've had several folks come up and tell me I'm their role model. Flattery - maybe - but I do feel good about helping others keep up with their fitness routines. I've been working out pretty much continuously for the past 40 years. I'm not quite as fast and agile as I used to be, but the instructors in my circuit training classes routinely comment that I'm more "into" the routines than some of the younger participants. I've had several folks come up and tell me I'm their role model. Flattery - maybe - but I do feel good about helping others keep up with their fitness routines. Yes Columbus OH Yes Aetna Digital Member Lifetime Fitness Upper Arlington Ohio No Image Available
07/27/2018 Lynda We make it fun Today we had an Aqua Luncheon where almost 30 persons showed up. We get together at least once a month to catch up on each other and share stories. Our group has been together for almost 10 years of working out together. If someone falls behind we encourage them to come join us when they can. We compliment each other on our successes when someone is trying hard to lose some weight. We are always amazed at all the chatter and LAUGHTER at the luncheons. It is more important than the food! I think it makes a huge difference when you are connected to a group that cares about your progress! Today we had an Aqua Luncheon where almost 30 persons showed up. We get together at least once a month to catch up on each other and share stories. Our group has been together for almost 10 years of working out together. If someone falls behind we encourage them to come join us when they can. We compliment each other on our successes when someone is trying hard to lose some weight. We are always amazed at all the chatter and LAUGHTER at the luncheons. It is more important than the food! I think it makes a huge difference when you are connected to a group that cares about your progress! Yes Winter Park FL Yes Humana Digital Member LA Fitness & 24 Hour FItness Gym
07/27/2018 Francisco Keep up with physical lifestyle I am 70 years old and i would like to keep up with my physical lifestyle. I am 70 years old and i would like to keep up with my physical lifestyle. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/26/2018 Vernita Just wanted to lose weight Just wanted to lose weight and get in shape. Just wanted to lose weight and get in shape. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/25/2018 Cynthia To lose more weight To lose more weight and to stregthen my back. To lose more weight and to stregthen my back. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/26/2018 Edna Losing ability to walk very far Both of my knees are injured. I am also losing my ability to walk very far. Both of my knees are injured. I am also losing my ability to walk very far. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/25/2018 Nina Want to live a healthy lifestyle I need to get to a healthy weight and lifestyle. I've had two knee surgerys and its been hard to exercise. I need to get to a healthy weight and lifestyle. I've had two knee surgerys and its been hard to exercise. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/25/2018 Willie-Ruth Improve general health. Improve general health, strength & flexibility Improve general health, strength & flexibility Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/25/2018 Iva I have had back surgery I have had back surgery for stenosis. After one year, I fell and fractured my back, so now it is two years later and I want to remain strong. I feel that without exercise I have gotten weaker. Plus my age is a factor. I have had back surgery for stenosis. After one year, I fell and fractured my back, so now it is two years later and I want to remain strong. I feel that without exercise I have gotten weaker. Plus my age is a factor. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/25/2018 Mary Hope to join with others Hope to join with others in healthy choices. Hope to join with others in healthy choices. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/25/2018 Kevin Family history of health problems My family has a history of diabetes, heart problem and obesity. I decided to live healthier and live longer [through] diet and exercise. My family has a history of diabetes, heart problem and obesity. I decided to live healthier and live longer [through] diet and exercise. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/24/2018 Gladys Need to lose weight for my health Need to lose weight for my health. Need to lose weight for my health. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/24/2018 Joyce Would like to workout with others I want to lose more weight and to be healthy. I walk and workout at home. I would like to continue. I would like to be more fit and workout with others. I want to lose more weight and to be healthy. I walk and workout at home. I would like to continue. I would like to be more fit and workout with others. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/24/2018 Willie Exercise will help bad knee I have a bad knee. Exercise will help. I have a bad knee. Exercise will help. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/23/2018 Theresa I was inspired I need to lose weight and eat right. I need help and was inspired by the info you have. I need to lose weight and eat right. I need help and was inspired by the info you have. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/23/2018 Gary My wife had open heart My wife had open heart surgery My wife had open heart surgery Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/23/2018 Tara Continue a healthy lifestyle I want to continue a healthy lifestyle and look the best I can! I want to continue a healthy lifestyle and look the best I can! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/22/2018 Edie SilverSneakers supports my goals I want to live to be 100 HEALTHY years. I need healthy movement, healthy eating, adequate rest and human connection. This supports that goal. I want to live to be 100 HEALTHY years. I need healthy movement, healthy eating, adequate rest and human connection. This supports that goal. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/22/2018 Lucrecia I need to lose some weight I need to lose some weight. I had two knee surgeries that have limited my exercise. I need to lose some weight. I had two knee surgeries that have limited my exercise. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/22/2018 Stan Age, obesity, T2DM, etc Age, obesity, T2DM, etc Age, obesity, T2DM, etc Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/22/2018 Juanita My fitness history I've been working out for the past 25 years. I began walking on the track, bought a treadmill, The treadmill did not work out - it was too boring, The track was too hot, too cold, or raining. After a couple years I started going to the gym. I've been going to the gym, three or four days a week for the past 20 years. My husband and I have discovered fitness is the answer to our health and happiness. I've been working out for the past 25 years. I began walking on the track, bought a treadmill, The treadmill did not work out - it was too boring, The track was too hot, too cold, or raining. After a couple years I started going to the gym. I've been going to the gym, three or four days a week for the past 20 years. My husband and I have discovered fitness is the answer to our health and happiness. Yes Hamilton AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member Marion Reginal fitness Center 1481 Military St S Hamilton, AL 35570 No Image Available
07/21/2018 Angela I have breast cancer I have breast cancer I have breast cancer Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/22/2018 Janice Heard about y’all Heard about y'all..and just wanted to get more active! Heard about y'all..and just wanted to get more active! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/21/2018 Reynold No SilverSneakers location nearby I'm a member and I live in Massachusetts. No health club will except SilverSneakers around here?? I'm a member and I live in Massachusetts. No health club will except SilverSneakers around here?? Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/21/2018 Mary Feel better I'd like to do more with my grandchild. And to feel better I'd like to do more with my grandchild. And to feel better Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/22/2018 Bobby My fitness experience My wife and I have been working out for the past 20 years, 3 or 4 days every week, with only very few interruptions (vacations, medical conditions and other activities beyond our control). I have knee pain that if I miss a week or two, my pain interrupts my sleep. We are convinced working out is the answer to our health and happiness. We started walking on the track but the weather was always too hot or too cold or raining. Thank for providing this program. My wife and I have been working out for the past 20 years, 3 or 4 days every week, with only very few interruptions (vacations, medical conditions and other activities beyond our control). I have knee pain that if I miss a week or two, my pain interrupts my sleep. We are convinced working out is the answer to our health and happiness. We started walking on the track but the weather was always too hot or too cold or raining. Thank for providing this program. Yes Hamilton AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member Wellness center North Misssissippi Medical Center, Beval State College, Campos. No Image Available
07/20/2018 Anonymous SilverSneakers has been a life saver SilverSneakers has been a life saver. We are both retired and on a fixed income. LA Fitness has been a blessing! SilverSneakers has been a life saver. We are both retired and on a fixed income. LA Fitness has been a blessing! Yes Sterling Heights MI Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Digital Member LA Fitness No Image Available
07/20/2018 Pamela Friends recommended SilverSneakers Friends told me about your great program. Friends told me about your great program. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/20/2018 Mary Looks like a gentle start Looks like a gentle start to getting more fit. I am going to pay more attention to me! Looks like a gentle start to getting more fit. I am going to pay more attention to me! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/19/2018 Vicki Continue to be strong I want to continue to be strong and not hurt my knees and my hips I want to continue to be strong and not hurt my knees and my hips Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/19/2018 Deborah I need to get on the wagon My daughter just lost over 100 pounds and I need to get on the wagon. My daughter just lost over 100 pounds and I need to get on the wagon. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/19/2018 Barbara Having trouble sticking to exercise routine I am having trouble sticking to an exercise routine. I am having trouble sticking to an exercise routine. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/19/2018 E L Personal goal of staying healthy and fit Losing weight is a good thing. But it was not my personal goal. Staying healthy and fit is. It's not easy, but thank you SilverSneakers for this valuable program/service and for the daily inspiration. Blessings!! Losing weight is a good thing. But it was not my personal goal. Staying healthy and fit is. It's not easy, but thank you SilverSneakers for this valuable program/service and for the daily inspiration. Blessings!! Yes No Digital MPC
07/18/2018 Peggy I need to be able to go back and find this. I need help with Fibromyalgia, arthritis and chromic pain. I need to be able to go back and find this. I need help with Fibromyalgia, arthritis and chromic pain. I need to be able to go back and find this. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/18/2018 Teresa I need to drop 50 pounds I need to drop 50 pounds to feel at my optimal health to try to wean off of blood pressure meds. I have a physical in a month and would like to have awesome lab work results as well as show a significant amount of weight loss. I need to drop 50 pounds to feel at my optimal health to try to wean off of blood pressure meds. I have a physical in a month and would like to have awesome lab work results as well as show a significant amount of weight loss. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/18/2018 Robyn Maybe these exercises can help me lose weight I had hip surgery on my right side. But I can't squat. And now the groin on my left side really hurts. My doctor has me on some chronic pain medicine. And the medicine puts weight on me which I don't like. So maybe these exercise can help me. I had hip surgery on my right side. But I can't squat. And now the groin on my left side really hurts. My doctor has me on some chronic pain medicine. And the medicine puts weight on me which I don't like. So maybe these exercise can help me. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/18/2018 Nancy Rewarding to reach goals I got a Fitbit and I try to walk at least 10,000 steps each day. Most days I do and it’s rewarding to me to meet this goal. I got a Fitbit and I try to walk at least 10,000 steps each day. Most days I do and it’s rewarding to me to meet this goal. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/17/2018 Marylyn Caretaker I am a 74 year-old who is major caretaker of my 83 year old husband with dementia and my 93 year old mom. I have no help, other than the people at assisted living. I retired 5 years ago from my career. I work part-time now. I am determined to stay as healthy as possible and to keep loving life. I am a 74 year-old who is major caretaker of my 83 year old husband with dementia and my 93 year old mom. I have no help, other than the people at assisted living. I retired 5 years ago from my career. I work part-time now. I am determined to stay as healthy as possible and to keep loving life. Yes No Digital MPC
07/17/2018 Marci Want to teach SilverSneakers I have been in the fitness industry for 30+ years and want to teach SilverSneakers classes. I have been in the fitness industry for 30+ years and want to teach SilverSneakers classes. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/17/2018 Linda I want to maintain good health I want to maintain good health and manage arthritis. I want to maintain good health and manage arthritis. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/17/2018 Holly I want a healthy lifestyle. I want a healthy lifestyle. I want a healthy lifestyle. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/17/2018 Diana Exercise can help with back pain I recently joined The Health Plan and would like to sign up for fitness as I have spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease!! I have heard that if I can get the right exercise plan, that it would help with the pain that I have in my lower back!! I recently joined The Health Plan and would like to sign up for fitness as I have spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease!! I have heard that if I can get the right exercise plan, that it would help with the pain that I have in my lower back!! Yes No The Health Plan Digital MPC No Image Available
07/17/2018 Jim I looked in the mirror!!! I looked in the mirror!!! I looked in the mirror!!! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/16/2018 Jeanne I feel better I feel better I feel better Yes No Digital MPC
07/16/2018 Dorene Need to get healthy Need to get healthy Need to get healthy Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/23/2018 Sheril Need to strengthen my bones Need to strengthen my bones and lose 80 pounds. Need to strengthen my bones and lose 80 pounds. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/15/2018 Mark To get knee replacement surgery To get knee replacement surgery To get knee replacement surgery Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/14/2018 Jana Working out with a friend Working out with a friend is my inspiration. Whether it's walking, racquetball or a TV fitness show in the middle of my living room we keep moving. Also, living on the third floor really helps! Working out with a friend is my inspiration. Whether it's walking, racquetball or a TV fitness show in the middle of my living room we keep moving. Also, living on the third floor really helps! Yes No Digital MPC
07/13/2018 Antoinette I need to get myself I need to get myself ready for hip surgery or lose mobility and independence. I have 20 pounds more to lose and I plan to be at the gym using my SilverSneakers membership at least four times a week. I need to get myself ready for hip surgery or lose mobility and independence. I have 20 pounds more to lose and I plan to be at the gym using my SilverSneakers membership at least four times a week. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/14/2018 Deborah Having trouble affording transportation I have the benefit but having trouble affording transportation to and from. Also can I get a pass to take my grandson. I have the benefit but having trouble affording transportation to and from. Also can I get a pass to take my grandson. Yes No Digital MPC
07/13/2018 Donna Retired and looking for activities Retired and looking for activities. I cut out sweet treats and I exercise more and reduce portions. I am inspired by my children and grandchildren to live a longer life. Retired and looking for activities. I cut out sweet treats and I exercise more and reduce portions. I am inspired by my children and grandchildren to live a longer life. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/12/2018 Christine Exercise helps relieve pain. I have chronic osteoarthritis, nerve pain, stiffness, swelling and join pain! Exercise, strength building walking and rest help me. I have chronic osteoarthritis, nerve pain, stiffness, swelling and join pain! Exercise, strength building walking and rest help me. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/12/2018 Christine Restore strength and mobility Seeking exercise and information that will help me restore strength and mobility following hip replacement surgery Seeking exercise and information that will help me restore strength and mobility following hip replacement surgery Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/11/2018 Dawn Goal to lose weight Hello...my name is Dawn and I am deaf....I [have a] goal to lose weight. Thank you for invite me there. I appreciate that. Hello...my name is Dawn and I am deaf....I [have a] goal to lose weight. Thank you for invite me there. I appreciate that. Yes No Digital MPC
07/11/2018 Stacy Build my legs back up Build my legs back up after sickness Build my legs back up after sickness Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/11/2018 Deborah I want to regain my strength I want to regain my strength from having so many surgeries in the past 7 years. I want to regain my strength from having so many surgeries in the past 7 years. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/11/2018 Kerry Looking to regain my health Just starting on this as I have been inactive. Looking to regain my health Just starting on this as I have been inactive. Looking to regain my health Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/11/2018 Arthur I have very stiff joints I have very stiff joints I think this exercise will help I have very stiff joints I think this exercise will help Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/11/2018 Rocky Healthier tomorrow Trying to lose weight for a healthier tomorrow. Just had my first grandchild and I want to be around as long as possible for her. Trying to lose weight for a healthier tomorrow. Just had my first grandchild and I want to be around as long as possible for her. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/18/2018 Richard Long term health focused I think it is grand that my Health Insurer (BCBS - Blue Advantage) provides me with SilverSneakers. It illustrates focus and health care for senior persons. Not only [does] it contribute to my budget (no cost to me for it and eliminate gym membership cost) but it greatly contributes to my mental and physical health. I go to the gym three days a week and it is reviving. I know I am going to live a longer and healthier life than if I did not go. SilverSneakers is BCBS's way of encouraging, supporting and showing they care and can team with you and make a difference. Thank You BCBS for such a priceless benefit. I think it is grand that my Health Insurer (BCBS - Blue Advantage) provides me with SilverSneakers. It illustrates focus and health care for senior persons. Not only [does] it contribute to my budget (no cost to me for it and eliminate gym membership cost) but it greatly contributes to my mental and physical health. I go to the gym three days a week and it is reviving. I know I am going to live a longer and healthier life than if I did not go. SilverSneakers is BCBS's way of encouraging, supporting and showing they care and can team with you and make a difference. Thank You BCBS for such a priceless benefit. Yes Yes BCBS - Blue Advantage Digital Member Absolute Gym, Rainbow City, AL No Image Available
07/10/2018 Pam Can’t wait to see what you have to offer!!! I am on a diet and losing weight and exercising as well. I wanted to see what SilverSneakers had to offer in that line as well as recipes, since I have changed my eating habits... Can't wait to see what you have to offer!!! I am on a diet and losing weight and exercising as well. I wanted to see what SilverSneakers had to offer in that line as well as recipes, since I have changed my eating habits... Can't wait to see what you have to offer!!! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/10/2018 Suzanne Want to stay mobile Want to stay as mobile as possible. Want to stay as mobile as possible. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/10/2018 Peni Time to take better care of myself Just feel that it is time to take better care of myself. After having gained more or less, 30 to 40 pounds over the past few years, and not feeling too good about myself, I feel it's time to do something about it. Now I am ready to drop some weighht! Let's do this! Hoo Ra! Just feel that it is time to take better care of myself. After having gained more or less, 30 to 40 pounds over the past few years, and not feeling too good about myself, I feel it's time to do something about it. Now I am ready to drop some weighht! Let's do this! Hoo Ra! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/10/2018 Elaine Daily exercise plan I hope to develop a daily plan of exercise. I hope to develop a daily plan of exercise. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/10/2018 Michell Not growing old I need to be able to move and if I don't move I will not move. My mother has been an example to me on how not to grow old. I need to be able to move and if I don't move I will not move. My mother has been an example to me on how not to grow old. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/10/2018 Silvia Need to ask about SilverSneakers I joined LA Fitness before I joined SilverSneakers so I need to ask about it. I like tai chi also! I joined LA Fitness before I joined SilverSneakers so I need to ask about it. I like tai chi also! Yes No Digital MPC
07/09/2018 Dorothy Improve balance To help my balance and strength in my legs To help my balance and strength in my legs Yes No Digital MPC
07/09/2018 Regina To control weight, diet and mobility To control weight, diet and mobility To control weight, diet and mobility Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/09/2018 Teresa Be healthy for the rest of my days To lose weight and be healthy for the rest of my days To lose weight and be healthy for the rest of my days Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/09/2018 Bonnie I cut out sugar I cut out sugar all together and carbs and continued to exercise I cut out sugar all together and carbs and continued to exercise Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/08/2018 Christine Want to feel and look good! Want to feel and look good! Want to feel and look good! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/08/2018 Lynda Harder to lose weight Getting older and harder to lose weight. Getting older and harder to lose weight. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/08/2018 Linda I like the agility activities Heel toe exercises that popped up on Facebook... then on your page the activities for agility Heel toe exercises that popped up on Facebook... then on your page the activities for agility Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/08/2018 Pat I’ve joined my community center I need to change my diet to include more fiber and calcium on a daily basis and exercise more to increase my weak and lazy muscles. Losing least 5 to 10 pounds of extra weight. I've joined my community center which has a pool and free classes thanks to my SilverSneakers membership. I need to change my diet to include more fiber and calcium on a daily basis and exercise more to increase my weak and lazy muscles. Losing least 5 to 10 pounds of extra weight. I've joined my community center which has a pool and free classes thanks to my SilverSneakers membership. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/08/2018 Frances I only lost four pounds. I only lost four pounds. However, that four pounds makes a difference in my knees. I have not had any pain in the last week. I feel so much better. I will continue to exercise and eat healthier and strive to lose a pound a week. I enjoy the newsletter's information and recipes. Frances I only lost four pounds. However, that four pounds makes a difference in my knees. I have not had any pain in the last week. I feel so much better. I will continue to exercise and eat healthier and strive to lose a pound a week. I enjoy the newsletter's information and recipes. Frances Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/17/2018 Darlene SilverSneakers has led me to meeting new people SilverSneakers has led me to meeting new people. Many different places accept SilverSneakers including YMCA’s and gyms. You can work out on machines – attend classes for older adults – there are also swimming classes. Being an older adult myself, my biggest fear is falling. Most exercise classes include balance (my favorite) also weights and cardio. I want to maintain my physical and mental health as long as I can – for me, SilverSneakers is the way to do it. SilverSneakers has led me to meeting new people. Many different places accept SilverSneakers including YMCA’s and gyms. You can work out on machines – attend classes for older adults – there are also swimming classes. Being an older adult myself, my biggest fear is falling. Most exercise classes include balance (my favorite) also weights and cardio. I want to maintain my physical and mental health as long as I can – for me, SilverSneakers is the way to do it. Yes Horsham PA No Independence Blue Cross Digital Member No Image Available
07/17/2018 Gayle It addresses preventative medicine To IBC SilverSneakers folks, Thank you so much for this great program. I have been a member of the Upper Bucks YMCA since 1981 and have participated in many classes over the years. It has kept me active and in good shape in body, mind and spirit. I am so grateful for SilverSneakers as it addresses preventative medicine, so very, very important as I approach my 78th birthday. I am especially thankful for our SilverSneakers class called a “Step Above” and our outstanding instructor, Sue Donham. She is so informed and dedicated to the health and fitness of each class member. I have never had such a wonderful, committed instructor. She makes it fun as well. I look forward to her two weekly classes as she always has a varied program ready for us. It keeps us motivated week to week, month to month, year to year! Again, thank you for providing this invaluable benefit as part of my health care plan. To IBC SilverSneakers folks, Thank you so much for this great program. I have been a member of the Upper Bucks YMCA since 1981 and have participated in many classes over the years. It has kept me active and in good shape in body, mind and spirit. I am so grateful for SilverSneakers as it addresses preventative medicine, so very, very important as I approach my 78th birthday. I am especially thankful for our SilverSneakers class called a “Step Above” and our outstanding instructor, Sue Donham. She is so informed and dedicated to the health and fitness of each class member. I have never had such a wonderful, committed instructor. She makes it fun as well. I look forward to her two weekly classes as she always has a varied program ready for us. It keeps us motivated week to week, month to month, year to year! Again, thank you for providing this invaluable benefit as part of my health care plan. Yes Quakertown PA No Independence Blue Cross Digital Member Upper Bucks YMCA No Image Available
07/17/2018 Joseph I wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise Using the SilverSneakers program allows me to exercise cost free. I wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise. I have heart disease and need to exercise regularly. I use weights and cardio equipment to maintain a healthy weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. I would like to stay active well into my 80s and still play golf. Exercising well provides me with this opportunity. Using the SilverSneakers program allows me to exercise cost free. I wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise. I have heart disease and need to exercise regularly. I use weights and cardio equipment to maintain a healthy weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. I would like to stay active well into my 80s and still play golf. Exercising well provides me with this opportunity. Yes Warminster PA No Independence Blue Cross Digital Member No Image Available
07/17/2018 Anotonette I am thankful for SilverSneakers I am thankful for SilverSneakers because it gave me the opportunity to have a happier and healthier life. I go to the Lansdale, PA. YMCA practically every weekday. I take aerobic or Zumba classes every weekday and swim laps and aerobic swim classes three days a week. The swim classes taught me to be a much better swimmer and the exercise classes have made me much stronger. Last year I received a "Fit Seniors Award" during National Senior Health and Fitness Day. I am 81 years old and was proud to receive it. I have made many firends and enjoy many other benefits that the Y offers. I am grateful for SilverSneakers and thank you for it. I am thankful for SilverSneakers because it gave me the opportunity to have a happier and healthier life. I go to the Lansdale, PA. YMCA practically every weekday. I take aerobic or Zumba classes every weekday and swim laps and aerobic swim classes three days a week. The swim classes taught me to be a much better swimmer and the exercise classes have made me much stronger. Last year I received a "Fit Seniors Award" during National Senior Health and Fitness Day. I am 81 years old and was proud to receive it. I have made many firends and enjoy many other benefits that the Y offers. I am grateful for SilverSneakers and thank you for it. Yes Lansdale PA No Independence Blue Cross Digital Member Lansdale, PA. YMCA No Image Available
07/17/2018 Ruth I’ve been enjoying SilverSneakers membership I've been enjoying SilverSneakers membership at the YMCA & Curves. In the last 10 months I've lost 47 pounds. Also I am diabetic but because of my diet and exercise programs I no longer take medication. I've been enjoying SilverSneakers membership at the YMCA & Curves. In the last 10 months I've lost 47 pounds. Also I am diabetic but because of my diet and exercise programs I no longer take medication. Yes Quakertown PA No Independence Blue Cross Digital Member YMCA & Curves No Image Available
07/11/2018 Tim SilverSneakers instructor and personal trainer for my last “career” change If someone had told me a few years ago that I would be a personal trainer and SilverSneakers instructor at age 75 I probably would have told them they were CRAZY. However that is what I am. To be real honest about it, in many ways embarking on this health and fitness journey has saved my life. I lost my wife of 43 years to cancer about 10 years ago. I didn't really understand how deeply it affected me emotionally as well as physically. I have worked out for many years and I was in pretty good shape but the stress of her illness and death put me in a depressive hole I had a very hard time overcoming. The affect physically was that basically I was about 25 pounds overweight and "soft." Fortunately, I really figured out my nutrition/food priorities and began to drop the excess weight. Then I began to develop a plan for training that when combined with the improved food intake, had my body fat under 9 percent within a year. I began working out six days a week, every week. Fitness had always been important to me but now became my passion. What drove me on this mission was that I did not want to be like so many of my friends, relatives and others that were always sick, taking the next new drug for something that could be prevented with just common sense things like eating smart and exercising regularly. I owned my own business for many years and since that was now a thing of the past I decided to fully focus on fitness and helping others in the above 55 age range to improve the quality of their lives. I became a certified personal trainer and hold multiple fitness certifications including the SilverSneakers certification. I recently started a SilverSneakers class at our gym which had never had a class for this age group. The response was very good and I am able to touch the lives of many gym members that really had no idea what to do and were intimidated by coming into a big gym with a lot of younger members that look better than they do. It is interesting to see the looks of people attending their first class when they see an "old guy" teaching the class. I love it! I hope to be able to continue down this path for many years. Thank goodness SilverSneakers is a common sense approach to exercise for those of any fitness level. Even in the short time I have had this class I can see the changes in certain class members and the "community" of the class that help people that may otherwise drop out continue to come back and improve their health. If someone had told me a few years ago that I would be a personal trainer and SilverSneakers instructor at age 75 I probably would have told them they were CRAZY. However that is what I am. To be real honest about it, in many ways embarking on this health and fitness journey has saved my life. I lost my wife of 43 years to cancer about 10 years ago. I didn't really understand how deeply it affected me emotionally as well as physically. I have worked out for many years and I was in pretty good shape but the stress of her illness and death put me in a depressive hole I had a very hard time overcoming. The affect physically was that basically I was about 25 pounds overweight and "soft." Fortunately, I really figured out my nutrition/food priorities and began to drop the excess weight. Then I began to develop a plan for training that when combined with the improved food intake, had my body fat under 9 percent within a year. I began working out six days a week, every week. Fitness had always been important to me but now became my passion. What drove me on this mission was that I did not want to be like so many of my friends, relatives and others that were always sick, taking the next new drug for something that could be prevented with just common sense things like eating smart and exercising regularly. I owned my own business for many years and since that was now a thing of the past I decided to fully focus on fitness and helping others in the above 55 age range to improve the quality of their lives. I became a certified personal trainer and hold multiple fitness certifications including the SilverSneakers certification. I recently started a SilverSneakers class at our gym which had never had a class for this age group. The response was very good and I am able to touch the lives of many gym members that really had no idea what to do and were intimidated by coming into a big gym with a lot of younger members that look better than they do. It is interesting to see the looks of people attending their first class when they see an "old guy" teaching the class. I love it! I hope to be able to continue down this path for many years. Thank goodness SilverSneakers is a common sense approach to exercise for those of any fitness level. Even in the short time I have had this class I can see the changes in certain class members and the "community" of the class that help people that may otherwise drop out continue to come back and improve their health. Yes Austin TX Yes Digital Member Gold's Gym
07/16/2018 Jay SilverSneakers has made us healthier and our lives richer. I attend SilverSneakers with my wife Helen on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Lansdale YMCA. The rest of the weekdays we enjoy water aerobics. Each session is 45 minutes. Afterwards I swim 200 meters. We plant flowers, vegetables and trees. SilverSneakers has made us healthier and our lives richer. I attend SilverSneakers with my wife Helen on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Lansdale YMCA. The rest of the weekdays we enjoy water aerobics. Each session is 45 minutes. Afterwards I swim 200 meters. We plant flowers, vegetables and trees. SilverSneakers has made us healthier and our lives richer. Yes Lansdale PA No Independence Blue Cross Digital Member Lansdale YMCA No Image Available
07/08/2018 Geni Water workout I do a water workout several times per week. I do a water workout several times per week. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/17/2018 James Since joining SilverSneakers I have Since joining SilverSneakers I have been active in the exercise program they have at the Havertown YMCA. It has given me more energy to do the things I enjoy doing such as bike riding, golf, snow boarding. General exercise at the gym keeps me flexible enough to do these things. Since joining SilverSneakers I have been active in the exercise program they have at the Havertown YMCA. It has given me more energy to do the things I enjoy doing such as bike riding, golf, snow boarding. General exercise at the gym keeps me flexible enough to do these things. Yes Drexel Hill PA No Independence Blue Cross Digital Member No Image Available
07/08/2018 Diann Challenge helped jump start weight loss I had packed on extra pounds with having a sitdown job. My plan to lose was to start as soon as I retired in June 2016. Unfortunately my father fell ill and was bed ridden for over a year. I realized I had to do something because even though my health is good, the extra weight was not good for me. When you presented this challenge I was ready. My daughter signed us up for the YMCA and I started swimming laps June 1st. I stopped eating all bread and carb items except for occasion rice with dinner and went on mainly fruits and vegetables and lean protein. After a swim in the morning I made a soy protein shake with bananas and frozen fruit. I have stayed with this routine for the whole month and as of today July the 7th I have lost 10 pounds. Whoo Hoo! I am so happy and look forward to continuing with this routine to get the other 40 off. Thank you for the challenge it helped jump start this for me. I had packed on extra pounds with having a sitdown job. My plan to lose was to start as soon as I retired in June 2016. Unfortunately my father fell ill and was bed ridden for over a year. I realized I had to do something because even though my health is good, the extra weight was not good for me. When you presented this challenge I was ready. My daughter signed us up for the YMCA and I started swimming laps June 1st. I stopped eating all bread and carb items except for occasion rice with dinner and went on mainly fruits and vegetables and lean protein. After a swim in the morning I made a soy protein shake with bananas and frozen fruit. I have stayed with this routine for the whole month and as of today July the 7th I have lost 10 pounds. Whoo Hoo! I am so happy and look forward to continuing with this routine to get the other 40 off. Thank you for the challenge it helped jump start this for me. Yes No Digital MPC
07/16/2018 Rosemarie My goal is to have a strong heart and good bones. When I retired I needed to have a plan for my day. My goal is to have a strong heart and good bones. Living alone, I need to be around positive people. The SilverSneakers classes help to keep my blood pressure and weight in check. When I retired I needed to have a plan for my day. My goal is to have a strong heart and good bones. Living alone, I need to be around positive people. The SilverSneakers classes help to keep my blood pressure and weight in check. Yes Hatboro PA No Independence Blue Cross Digital Member No Image Available
07/16/2018 Mahesh It would have been impossible to stay this active SilverSneakers helps me selecting and participating at different gyms that have activities to my interests and fits my schedule. It would have been impossible to stay this active without this benefit because of the cost factor. Thanks. SilverSneakers helps me selecting and participating at different gyms that have activities to my interests and fits my schedule. It would have been impossible to stay this active without this benefit because of the cost factor. Thanks. Yes Quakertown PA No Independence Blue Cross Digital Member No Image Available
07/08/2018 Lawrence I am in better health I lost 24 pounds after the Whippe procedure for possible pancreatic cancer but wanted to lose four more pounds so I could fit in some clothes I still had in the closet. I did and I am happy to say I am in better health at 171.5 pounds and healthy. I lost 24 pounds after the Whippe procedure for possible pancreatic cancer but wanted to lose four more pounds so I could fit in some clothes I still had in the closet. I did and I am happy to say I am in better health at 171.5 pounds and healthy. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/07/2018 Kathie Going to Disneyworld with family! Need to get moving so I can keep moving. [I have planned a] trip to Disneyworld in December with family and I don't want to miss anything because I cant keep up. I also want to be healthier. Need to get moving so I can keep moving. [I have planned a] trip to Disneyworld in December with family and I don't want to miss anything because I cant keep up. I also want to be healthier. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/16/2018 Claude I am 71 years young I am 71 years young and play singles raquetball four times a week. I also play in the C level league and play people half my age and win. I won the championship twice and came in second and third the others. It keeps me young and vibrant. I play at LA Fitness. I also use the machines several times a week. I am able to maintain my weight and have great stamina. I am not old, I'm experienced. Thank you SilverSneakers. I am 71 years young and play singles raquetball four times a week. I also play in the C level league and play people half my age and win. I won the championship twice and came in second and third the others. It keeps me young and vibrant. I play at LA Fitness. I also use the machines several times a week. I am able to maintain my weight and have great stamina. I am not old, I'm experienced. Thank you SilverSneakers. Yes Langhorne PA No Independence Blue Cross Digital Member LA Fitness No Image Available
07/16/2018 Clyde I was told to exercise I was told to exercise for my health. I was told to exercise for my health. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/07/2018 Leonard (Sonny) My doctor wanted me to My doctor wanted me to get my weight under 200 pounds which meant losing about 8 - 10 pounds. Then I decided, why stop there? Now that I reached that goal I plan to lose another 18 pounds to get down weight I was (in college) when I competed in martial arts and wrestling. I am doing this by walking 4 to 5 miles 5 times a week and lifting weights 4 times a week. The biggest change is in my diet, which is 95 percent fruits and vegetables, 3 percent carbs like rice or flat bread, 2 percent meat or fish, and NO soda, refined sugar including artificial sweetners, so called diet or low sugar foods, or processed foods. There's no secret or quick fix, just determination and the willingness to do it. My doctor wanted me to get my weight under 200 pounds which meant losing about 8 - 10 pounds. Then I decided, why stop there? Now that I reached that goal I plan to lose another 18 pounds to get down weight I was (in college) when I competed in martial arts and wrestling. I am doing this by walking 4 to 5 miles 5 times a week and lifting weights 4 times a week. The biggest change is in my diet, which is 95 percent fruits and vegetables, 3 percent carbs like rice or flat bread, 2 percent meat or fish, and NO soda, refined sugar including artificial sweetners, so called diet or low sugar foods, or processed foods. There's no secret or quick fix, just determination and the willingness to do it. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/07/2018 Linda Continue routine I have exercised for a few years now, would like to continue my routine. I have exercised for a few years now, would like to continue my routine. Yes No Digital MPC
07/07/2018 Starr Get strength back After several surgeries I need a program to get my strength back. After several surgeries I need a program to get my strength back. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/07/2018 Sharon I needed a little push I needed a little push to get me started and this challenge did it. I need a goal to inspire me, just sorry to see it end. I feel so much better when I exercise, so I will continue for my health's sake. Thanks! I needed a little push to get me started and this challenge did it. I need a goal to inspire me, just sorry to see it end. I feel so much better when I exercise, so I will continue for my health's sake. Thanks! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/06/2018 Mj This was great for me! This was great for me! Having the exercises listed per week with variety for me moving! I hope you will continue to send a weekly plan! This was great for me! Having the exercises listed per week with variety for me moving! I hope you will continue to send a weekly plan! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/06/2018 Henrietta Trying to gain more strength Trying to gain more strength and energy. Also want to keep my heart pumping. The things I did to stick with it was I tried not to use the word exercise when I would go to work out, but rather I was going to boost my energy and a way to sleep better by being tired when zip finished. Because I have sleep apnea. Trying to gain more strength and energy. Also want to keep my heart pumping. The things I did to stick with it was I tried not to use the word exercise when I would go to work out, but rather I was going to boost my energy and a way to sleep better by being tired when zip finished. Because I have sleep apnea. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/06/2018 Henrietta Well just not think about Well just don't think about it or give yourself a chance to talk yourself out of exercising. I tried not to use the word exercising, but rather finding a way to keep my heart running right and have energy. Then finding some activity I enjoy. Well just don't think about it or give yourself a chance to talk yourself out of exercising. I tried not to use the word exercising, but rather finding a way to keep my heart running right and have energy. Then finding some activity I enjoy. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/06/2018 Susan Downloading the daily walking routines, Downloading the daily walking routines, and listening to them as I walked, was key to losing six pounds in 30 days. For a short girl, that loss shows. I am continuing to walk daily, due to the motivating MPC. Thank you! Downloading the daily walking routines, and listening to them as I walked, was key to losing six pounds in 30 days. For a short girl, that loss shows. I am continuing to walk daily, due to the motivating MPC. Thank you! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/05/2018 Adonis Need to shed 25 pounds…help!! Ever since I heard about SilverSneakers I have been trying to join. The computer keeps telling me [there are no participating locations] in my area just south of Seattle..Really?!! Need to shed 25 pounds...help!! Ever since I heard about SilverSneakers I have been trying to join. The computer keeps telling me [there are no participating locations] in my area just south of Seattle..Really?!! Need to shed 25 pounds...help!! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/05/2018 Michelle I have lost 40 pounds I have lost 40 pounds since this past November and would like to lose another 15 I try to eat clean and watch my calorie intake I struggle with daily exercise as far as working out goes I do live on a horse farm so I do get a fair amount of exercise taking care of five horses I'm always looking for things to motivate me to stay on track and continue on my weight loss journey and to help me be in shape I have lost 40 pounds since this past November and would like to lose another 15 I try to eat clean and watch my calorie intake I struggle with daily exercise as far as working out goes I do live on a horse farm so I do get a fair amount of exercise taking care of five horses I'm always looking for things to motivate me to stay on track and continue on my weight loss journey and to help me be in shape Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/13/2018 Sara Loving SilverSneakers [I am a] grateful member of SilverSneakers! I am 74 years old and nobody can believe it. I hear things from people all the time "you don't look 74", "you look great", "you haven't changed in all these years." I am at the size I want to be and have been attending Weight Watchers for several years. Once I began going to Curves and then the gym, I have toned up a lot, and do this because of SilverSneakers! I keep going to the gym for workouts and classes to do exercises at American Fitness in Russellville, Al, to keep from having pain. I have no pain now, and I know eating right and working out three to five days a week has improved this greatly. Another thing I love is that I have been able to stop taking my cholesterol medication. I may be a little slower at this age in the classes with the younger women, but I am improving weekly. I also have six grandchildren who I can keep up with who are between the ages of 14-23. If you have SilverSneakers in your town, and fit the criteria, take advantage of it. You will be so much more healthy. I will be working out as long as I am alive!! I was afraid my knee or my hip was destined for surgery, but with the exercise, weights, etc. at the gym I am no longer worried about that as they have strengthened to the point I am not having pain there anymore. [I am a] grateful member of SilverSneakers! I am 74 years old and nobody can believe it. I hear things from people all the time "you don't look 74", "you look great", "you haven't changed in all these years." I am at the size I want to be and have been attending Weight Watchers for several years. Once I began going to Curves and then the gym, I have toned up a lot, and do this because of SilverSneakers! I keep going to the gym for workouts and classes to do exercises at American Fitness in Russellville, Al, to keep from having pain. I have no pain now, and I know eating right and working out three to five days a week has improved this greatly. Another thing I love is that I have been able to stop taking my cholesterol medication. I may be a little slower at this age in the classes with the younger women, but I am improving weekly. I also have six grandchildren who I can keep up with who are between the ages of 14-23. If you have SilverSneakers in your town, and fit the criteria, take advantage of it. You will be so much more healthy. I will be working out as long as I am alive!! I was afraid my knee or my hip was destined for surgery, but with the exercise, weights, etc. at the gym I am no longer worried about that as they have strengthened to the point I am not having pain there anymore. Yes Russellville AL Yes Digital Member American Fitness in Russellville, Alabama No Image Available
07/05/2018 Ted Healthy lifestyle after 65 I desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle after 65. I desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle after 65. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/05/2018 Marilyn So my beginning was strong So my beginning was strong...I went to my Silver Fit classes 3 to 4 days each week, tried to incorporate the walking as outlined in the program, but could not stick to it. My eating habits did improve and I lost 3 pounds. I will continue because it helps me feel better when I exercise. So my beginning was strong...I went to my Silver Fit classes 3 to 4 days each week, tried to incorporate the walking as outlined in the program, but could not stick to it. My eating habits did improve and I lost 3 pounds. I will continue because it helps me feel better when I exercise. Yes No Digital MPC
07/04/2018 Linda I think SilverSneakers would be great for me I have been seeing SilverSneakers on Facebook and I think it would be great for me. I need to lose weight and get fit. I would love to go to a place that participates, but not do not know of a place. I have been seeing SilverSneakers on Facebook and I think it would be great for me. I need to lose weight and get fit. I would love to go to a place that participates, but not do not know of a place. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Chartorn I needed to get in I needed to get in a little better shape and losing the 6 and a half pounds in June 2018 helped me do that. I needed to get in a little better shape and losing the 6 and a half pounds in June 2018 helped me do that. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/12/2018 Connie I am already doing WW I am already doing WW so thought I might get more inspiration. I am already doing WW so thought I might get more inspiration. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Linda I wanted to lose weight I wanted to lose weight and I did. I lost nine pounds. I walk about three miles a day. I don't eat any sugar. I don’t eat at night anymore. I try to eat things that are good for me. I wanted to lose weight and I did. I lost nine pounds. I walk about three miles a day. I don't eat any sugar. I don’t eat at night anymore. I try to eat things that are good for me. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Donna Being part of a large group helped Being part of a large group effort helped me stick with my exercise plan and watch what I ate. Being part of a large group effort helped me stick with my exercise plan and watch what I ate. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Clara I did lose some bad habits Although I did not lose the weight I planned, I did lose some bad habits. But the best thing is I am now going to the gym three to four times a week I have gained strength in my entire body. I feel great and plan on continuing this new health program. Thanks for giving me the push I needed! Although I did not lose the weight I planned, I did lose some bad habits. But the best thing is I am now going to the gym three to four times a week I have gained strength in my entire body. I feel great and plan on continuing this new health program. Thanks for giving me the push I needed! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Sally Lost the 10 pounds pledged. Lost the 10 pounds pledged. Will continue my healthy eating and exercise plan. I plan to join a SilverSneakers program soon to continue my health goals. Thank you for all the good advice. Lost the 10 pounds pledged. Will continue my healthy eating and exercise plan. I plan to join a SilverSneakers program soon to continue my health goals. Thank you for all the good advice. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Pat I lost 9 pounds I lost nine pounds in the month of June. I had pledged five so I did better than I thought I would. I used a 1200 cal-a-day play I got from Good Housekeeping site. I lost nine pounds in the month of June. I had pledged five so I did better than I thought I would. I used a 1200 cal-a-day play I got from Good Housekeeping site. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Howard Had already pledged to lose 3 pounds in 3 weeks Before joining the challenge I had already pledged myself to lose 3 pounds in 3 weeks. At 3 weeks I'd lost 4 pounds and kept going, losing 5.8 pounds. I stopped eating cookies, ate healthy snacks (cheese, carrots, walnuts) drank more water, and increased my visits to the gym. Now I'm more savvy about eating empty calories. Before joining the challenge I had already pledged myself to lose 3 pounds in 3 weeks. At 3 weeks I'd lost 4 pounds and kept going, losing 5.8 pounds. I stopped eating cookies, ate healthy snacks (cheese, carrots, walnuts) drank more water, and increased my visits to the gym. Now I'm more savvy about eating empty calories. Yes No Digital MPC
07/04/2018 Henrietta Losing weight is helping to ease pain Losing weight is helping to ease pain in my back, hips, knees and ankles. I liked having a challenge to achieve this Million Pound goal. I limited my carbs, and ate mostly veggies and low fat protein. No snacking after 8 p.m. and guess what it worked! Losing weight is helping to ease pain in my back, hips, knees and ankles. I liked having a challenge to achieve this Million Pound goal. I limited my carbs, and ate mostly veggies and low fat protein. No snacking after 8 p.m. and guess what it worked! Yes No Digital MPC
07/04/2018 Grace Your challenge was my catalyst for change High blood pressure, too many pounds, and a sedentary lifestyle inspired me to get busy! Your challenge was my catalyst for change. I have joined a SilverSneakers class at my local rec center, purchased a Fitbit, and begun a regular walking campaign. All of this is still in the novice stages, but so far, so good! High blood pressure, too many pounds, and a sedentary lifestyle inspired me to get busy! Your challenge was my catalyst for change. I have joined a SilverSneakers class at my local rec center, purchased a Fitbit, and begun a regular walking campaign. All of this is still in the novice stages, but so far, so good! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Richard I committed to a 10 I committed to a 10 pound loss and lost 7, but for the first time in 6 months, I started to workout again and with my Fitbit am trying to get in 10K steps a day. Thank you SilverSneakers. I committed to a 10 pound loss and lost 7, but for the first time in 6 months, I started to workout again and with my Fitbit am trying to get in 10K steps a day. Thank you SilverSneakers. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Mary Ann It was great to see results right away! Fun idea! I pledged 10 pounds lost 2 1/2 by start of week 4 haven’t weighed in after. The work out videos were very helpful [as well as the] meal suggestions. I did more with changing diet and portions. I eat so much less bread and sweets lots more veggies and fruit. It was great to see results right away! Fun idea! I pledged 10 pounds lost 2 1/2 by start of week 4 haven’t weighed in after. The work out videos were very helpful [as well as the] meal suggestions. I did more with changing diet and portions. I eat so much less bread and sweets lots more veggies and fruit. It was great to see results right away! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Marjorie I was amazed! What a four weeks this challenge was for me. I started out cleansing my body of all the sugar and lost 3.5 pounds. I was amazed! Then I started with the recommendations we received. I lost another 2 pounds! It was a struggle to keep up with the exercise, but I did enjoy the walks. I am up earlier in the morning to hear the birds and walk my walk. Thank you for this challenge. I did enjoy it! What a four weeks this challenge was for me. I started out cleansing my body of all the sugar and lost 3.5 pounds. I was amazed! Then I started with the recommendations we received. I lost another 2 pounds! It was a struggle to keep up with the exercise, but I did enjoy the walks. I am up earlier in the morning to hear the birds and walk my walk. Thank you for this challenge. I did enjoy it! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Sue Preparing for double bypass surgery Having double bypass surgery, doing 6 weeks cardiac rehab. It's a discipline to keep walking. I average 1+1/2 miles a day. Having double bypass surgery, doing 6 weeks cardiac rehab. It's a discipline to keep walking. I average 1+1/2 miles a day. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/11/2018 Charlene My therapist encouraged me My therapist encouraged me to sign up after breaking my leg My therapist encouraged me to sign up after breaking my leg Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Danielle Great recipes and tips on how to eat healthier I'm 4'10" and was pushing 200 pounds. I started going to the gym about a year ago, but I wasn't losing the weight I thought I would. Then my Dr. told me i was borderline diabetic. Didn't like hearing that! I pushed myself harder at the gym but still the weight wasn't moving. When I got this e mail, i joined with low expectations on results. But I learned a lot about my way of eating. Boy was I doing it wrong! Thank you get much for the great recipes and tips on how to eat healthier. I'm 4'10" and was pushing 200 pounds. I started going to the gym about a year ago, but I wasn't losing the weight I thought I would. Then my Dr. told me i was borderline diabetic. Didn't like hearing that! I pushed myself harder at the gym but still the weight wasn't moving. When I got this e mail, i joined with low expectations on results. But I learned a lot about my way of eating. Boy was I doing it wrong! Thank you get much for the great recipes and tips on how to eat healthier. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Pat Inspired by one another! We at ABS Fitness are inspired by one another! We are an all women club and have built a community of health wellness and friendships beyond belief! We stuck with [the Million Pound Challenge] by encouraging each other and talking about what to cook and what we ate. As everyone else we do have our highs and lows of weight loss but we focus mostly on our health and the weight comes off easy when stick together! Thanks SilverSneakers for helping out with challenges like this we dropped 15 pounds total! We at ABS Fitness are inspired by one another! We are an all women club and have built a community of health wellness and friendships beyond belief! We stuck with [the Million Pound Challenge] by encouraging each other and talking about what to cook and what we ate. As everyone else we do have our highs and lows of weight loss but we focus mostly on our health and the weight comes off easy when stick together! Thanks SilverSneakers for helping out with challenges like this we dropped 15 pounds total! Yes No Digital MPC
07/04/2018 Michael Working to make it a habit I will do daily Right before the challenge, I joined SilverSneakers with Medicare and was surprised to find it included gym memberships. At 68 and with type 2 diabetes, I had no muscle tone and went between 195 (high of 198 pounds) to 193 pounds. I started at YMCA, trainer set me up with exercises for muscle tone to start getting back in shape. Tone 3 days a week and aerobic on off days. [The trainer] also gave me exercises to do as I travel for work in hotel gyms and room. Working to make it a habit I will do daily. As an early-morning person, I exercise around 6 a.m. This led to feeling better and watching what I eat and mostly food quantities and control snacking [throughout the day]. [The] insulin [I take] every morning has gone down in units and numbers [A1C] on low end. THIS MORNING WEIGHED IN AT 185.8!!! Always knew just a little consistent exercise added to life would help overall. Thank you SilverSneakers for providing the motivation. Right before the challenge, I joined SilverSneakers with Medicare and was surprised to find it included gym memberships. At 68 and with type 2 diabetes, I had no muscle tone and went between 195 (high of 198 pounds) to 193 pounds. I started at YMCA, trainer set me up with exercises for muscle tone to start getting back in shape. Tone 3 days a week and aerobic on off days. [The trainer] also gave me exercises to do as I travel for work in hotel gyms and room. Working to make it a habit I will do daily. As an early-morning person, I exercise around 6 a.m. This led to feeling better and watching what I eat and mostly food quantities and control snacking [throughout the day]. [The] insulin [I take] every morning has gone down in units and numbers [A1C] on low end. THIS MORNING WEIGHED IN AT 185.8!!! Always knew just a little consistent exercise added to life would help overall. Thank you SilverSneakers for providing the motivation. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 George SilverSneakers will help me reach my goal Well since I turned 65 my supplemental insurance has been pushing me to go to the doctor to get my preventive checkups. I’m healthy with no health issues so far except the doctor classified me as obese. I’m working out every day to lose those extra pounds and have a long way to go before I will reach my correct weight for my height. This will hopefully keep me healthy, and keep the ailments that plague older adults away so I can live a long life with no health issues. SilverSneakers will help me reach that goal. Well since I turned 65 my supplemental insurance has been pushing me to go to the doctor to get my preventive checkups. I’m healthy with no health issues so far except the doctor classified me as obese. I’m working out every day to lose those extra pounds and have a long way to go before I will reach my correct weight for my height. This will hopefully keep me healthy, and keep the ailments that plague older adults away so I can live a long life with no health issues. SilverSneakers will help me reach that goal. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Lindley Keep my mobility through exercise I am staying healthy and trying to keep my mobility through exercise. I am staying healthy and trying to keep my mobility through exercise. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Linda Long journey back from arthritis It has been a long journey back from arthritis. After having both hips replaced, it has felt so good to be able to go for walks with my dog and to go to the SilverSneaker classes. They are so much fun! It has been a long journey back from arthritis. After having both hips replaced, it has felt so good to be able to go for walks with my dog and to go to the SilverSneaker classes. They are so much fun! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Scott Work out at the gym I work out at the gym go move at the VA. I watch what and how much I eat. I work out at the gym go move at the VA. I watch what and how much I eat. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Maryann Upped my game I wanted to "up my game", and lost 3 pounds; goal was 10. I'm paying more attention to portion control and intake of sweets. I increased intensity as you suggested and now am able to walk 45-60 minutes as opposed to the 20 I was doing before the challenge. I'll continue to intensify what I do rather than simply maintaining. Thanks for the push! I wanted to "up my game", and lost 3 pounds; goal was 10. I'm paying more attention to portion control and intake of sweets. I increased intensity as you suggested and now am able to walk 45-60 minutes as opposed to the 20 I was doing before the challenge. I'll continue to intensify what I do rather than simply maintaining. Thanks for the push! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Francine I developed muscles I pledged 3 pounds. It isn't much, and I didn't lose one. I didn't gain any either. The fact is that I went so much to the gym that I developed muscles, and muscles weight more than fat, right?? I pledged 3 pounds. It isn't much, and I didn't lose one. I didn't gain any either. The fact is that I went so much to the gym that I developed muscles, and muscles weight more than fat, right?? Yes No Digital MPC
07/04/2018 Dona This was the nudge I needed. I had been wanting to lose some weight. This was the nudge I needed. I make sure that I exercise each day. 15 minutes on the elliptical if nothing else. I am also eating more healthily, as is my husband. Thank you. I had been wanting to lose some weight. This was the nudge I needed. I make sure that I exercise each day. 15 minutes on the elliptical if nothing else. I am also eating more healthily, as is my husband. Thank you. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Markay Trying is better than giving up! My inspiration came from seeing all the other participants wanting to make a change and knowing I needed to change myself. The smallest thing I did was not to eat between meals...I know I am a "grazer," and struggle with that. I ate my biggest meal for breakfast. Being honest; I missed my goal by 1 1/2 pounds.....but am still pleased with myself. With that being said...I realize if I can make small changes for just one month.....I will keep trying...and trying is better than giving up! My inspiration came from seeing all the other participants wanting to make a change and knowing I needed to change myself. The smallest thing I did was not to eat between meals...I know I am a "grazer," and struggle with that. I ate my biggest meal for breakfast. Being honest; I missed my goal by 1 1/2 pounds.....but am still pleased with myself. With that being said...I realize if I can make small changes for just one month.....I will keep trying...and trying is better than giving up! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Wilfred I love to socialize I love to enjoy and socialize with people of different cultures and Silversneaker is a new culture. Plus I love exercising! The plan was great and even entertaining. I love to enjoy and socialize with people of different cultures and Silversneaker is a new culture. Plus I love exercising! The plan was great and even entertaining. Yes No Digital MPC
07/04/2018 Jo Ann To eat healthier, lost 12 [I did the Million Pound Challenge ] to eat healthier, and lost 12 pounds. I love having more energy so will really try to stay on track with health. [I did the Million Pound Challenge ] to eat healthier, and lost 12 pounds. I love having more energy so will really try to stay on track with health. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Barbara I used a Mediterranean/Keto diet I used a Mediterranean/Keto diet with daily exercise to lose 7 of my 8 hoped-for pounds. Thank you for setting up the accountability and insights for moving forward. I used a Mediterranean/Keto diet with daily exercise to lose 7 of my 8 hoped-for pounds. Thank you for setting up the accountability and insights for moving forward. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/11/2018 Terry Getting There Whenever I passed a mirror I would wonder who put up that carnival funhouse mirror. My belly could not be that fat! I have been going to the doctor frequently and a few years ago my A1C started to rise. It went up to 6.6 at the highest. I watched the sugar intake and lowered my carbs and got it down to 6.0. This year (2018) I decided that I needed to hit a fitness center so that is what I did in January. My goals were to have more energy, lose weight and see if I could impact my A1C. I was unsure of how to use to the machines so I did pay for a trainer. (In retrospect, I would just ask others how to use the machines.) I will say that a trainer did help me get in the habit of going to the fitness center. Since January my weight has dropped from 236 to 219. I still have more weight to shed, but I am getting there. My BMI is still over 30 so I am still in the obese category. I want to yell out, "I can't be obese. I weighed 140 pounds in high school." The biggest change has been my A1C, it is at 5.6 now. That is huge. 5.7 or higher is pre-diabetic. So I am now in the "normal" range. And, yes, I do feel that I have more energy. This is a process of little steps, but I know that walking on the treadmill and hitting the machines has really started to help me become more healthy. I have only been going two or three times a week for an hour each time. I must also give credit to the SilverSneakers program as it provided me free access to a well-equipped fitness center. I don't know if I would have made the first appointment without the free membership from SilverSneakers. I will not be posting any pictures until I get below 200, so you are just going to have to wait for a few more months! I will be updating my story so stay tuned. Whenever I passed a mirror I would wonder who put up that carnival funhouse mirror. My belly could not be that fat! I have been going to the doctor frequently and a few years ago my A1C started to rise. It went up to 6.6 at the highest. I watched the sugar intake and lowered my carbs and got it down to 6.0. This year (2018) I decided that I needed to hit a fitness center so that is what I did in January. My goals were to have more energy, lose weight and see if I could impact my A1C. I was unsure of how to use to the machines so I did pay for a trainer. (In retrospect, I would just ask others how to use the machines.) I will say that a trainer did help me get in the habit of going to the fitness center. Since January my weight has dropped from 236 to 219. I still have more weight to shed, but I am getting there. My BMI is still over 30 so I am still in the obese category. I want to yell out, "I can't be obese. I weighed 140 pounds in high school." The biggest change has been my A1C, it is at 5.6 now. That is huge. 5.7 or higher is pre-diabetic. So I am now in the "normal" range. And, yes, I do feel that I have more energy. This is a process of little steps, but I know that walking on the treadmill and hitting the machines has really started to help me become more healthy. I have only been going two or three times a week for an hour each time. I must also give credit to the SilverSneakers program as it provided me free access to a well-equipped fitness center. I don't know if I would have made the first appointment without the free membership from SilverSneakers. I will not be posting any pictures until I get below 200, so you are just going to have to wait for a few more months! I will be updating my story so stay tuned. Yes Fort Lauderdale FL Yes Coventry Digital Member LA Fitness, 10 Ave, Fort Lauderdale No Image Available
07/11/2018 James Breathing Better SilverSneakers fit timely for me. Exercise was the most important activity to recovery. The steam room and sauna both help me breath better. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the program. SilverSneakers ought go a long way to keep people healthy and less cost on other medical needs. SilverSneakers fit timely for me. Exercise was the most important activity to recovery. The steam room and sauna both help me breath better. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the program. SilverSneakers ought go a long way to keep people healthy and less cost on other medical needs. Yes Knoxville TN No Digital Member Mostly South Knoxville No Image Available
07/04/2018 Sandy Using home tapes Continually use the tapes that you have to do at home. I love them all. Swimming when I can. I do watch what I eat. I do feel great!! Continually use the tapes that you have to do at home. I love them all. Swimming when I can. I do watch what I eat. I do feel great!! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/10/2018 Sandra ck no longer hurts and ck no longer hurts and I have no aches or pains whatsoever. Then a few weeks ago, my friend "suggested" (nagged me) I sign up at the gym down the street. I met with the trainer and he assured me that they had fans and I could do just 10 reps on each machine and be done in 25 minutes. It worked! I go everyday and I am trying to get muscle mass back. I live alone and I don't want to be on the next "I've fallen and can't get up" commercial. ck no longer hurts and I have no aches or pains whatsoever. Then a few weeks ago, my friend "suggested" (nagged me) I sign up at the gym down the street. I met with the trainer and he assured me that they had fans and I could do just 10 reps on each machine and be done in 25 minutes. It worked! I go everyday and I am trying to get muscle mass back. I live alone and I don't want to be on the next "I've fallen and can't get up" commercial. Yes Kissimmee FL Yes Humana Digital Member Humana Kissimmee No Image Available
07/10/2018 Martha Enjoying SilverSneakers I have always loved to exercise. I enjoy running, walking, biking, kayaking. I love being outside so thought I would not like working out in a gym. About 3 1/2 years ago, I had bronchitis that took a while to get over. It was cold weather, so I decided to try out the gym until I got better. Well, I am still working out in the gym. I like having all the different machines to workout all the muscles groups. I run 2 miles on the track and then workout on the machines. I love exercising in a controlled temperature and you don't have to worry about being on the streets with traffic and not-so-friendly dogs. I have mild osteoporosis and feel that exercise helps my bones to be stronger. I am so thankful that Blue Cross provides this program for seniors and feel that it helps to keep us all more healthy. I hope SilverSneakers will always continue. Thank You Blue Cross! I have always loved to exercise. I enjoy running, walking, biking, kayaking. I love being outside so thought I would not like working out in a gym. About 3 1/2 years ago, I had bronchitis that took a while to get over. It was cold weather, so I decided to try out the gym until I got better. Well, I am still working out in the gym. I like having all the different machines to workout all the muscles groups. I run 2 miles on the track and then workout on the machines. I love exercising in a controlled temperature and you don't have to worry about being on the streets with traffic and not-so-friendly dogs. I have mild osteoporosis and feel that exercise helps my bones to be stronger. I am so thankful that Blue Cross provides this program for seniors and feel that it helps to keep us all more healthy. I hope SilverSneakers will always continue. Thank You Blue Cross! Yes Wedowee AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member Wedowee Fitness, Wedowee, AL 36278
07/04/2018 Peg First time feeling more connected to what SilverSneakers is about It was just time to start a fitness, health program for myself and my husband. We came on board this challenge in the second week and have enjoyed getting involved and meeting some wonderful people. We have been SilverSneakers members for several years but this is our first time feeling more connected to what SilverSneakers is about and that is meeting up with people on a weekly routine. Keep up the good work! It was just time to start a fitness, health program for myself and my husband. We came on board this challenge in the second week and have enjoyed getting involved and meeting some wonderful people. We have been SilverSneakers members for several years but this is our first time feeling more connected to what SilverSneakers is about and that is meeting up with people on a weekly routine. Keep up the good work! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Doris Sheer number of pounds pledged The sheer number of pounds pledged was what made me sign up. I only lost six of the eight pounds I pledged so I'll still be working on those. The sheer number of pounds pledged was what made me sign up. I only lost six of the eight pounds I pledged so I'll still be working on those. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Janet Instructors make classes fun too! Made a commitment to stick with my plan while enjoying classes with new friends I've met at the Y. Instructors make classes fun too! Made a commitment to stick with my plan while enjoying classes with new friends I've met at the Y. Instructors make classes fun too! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Joe I sleep 100 percent better and my energy is through the roof. Went to the doctor and was 30 pounds overweight. Felt like I had no energy. Started eating NON-processed foods, fish twice a week, lean chicken and greens. Joined planet fitness and down 54 pounds and feeling great. You can do it. You’re beautiful no matter what, but helps to feel good inside and out. I sleep 100 percent better and my energy is through the roof. Went to the doctor and was 30 pounds overweight. Felt like I had no energy. Started eating NON-processed foods, fish twice a week, lean chicken and greens. Joined planet fitness and down 54 pounds and feeling great. You can do it. You’re beautiful no matter what, but helps to feel good inside and out. I sleep 100 percent better and my energy is through the roof. Yes No Digital MPC
07/04/2018 Thomas Hit the gym daily. Hit the gym daily. Lift Monday Wednesday Friday Tuesday Thursday Saturday cardio. Sunday's rest Hit the gym daily. Lift Monday Wednesday Friday Tuesday Thursday Saturday cardio. Sunday's rest Yes No Digital MPC
07/04/2018 Sharon It was fun to watch as the pounds mounted up as a group. I joined early and worked on my program at home. It was touch and go at first; but, I got serious during the last two weeks and lost five pounds. I feel better, and it was fun to watch as the pounds mounted up as a group. I joined early and worked on my program at home. It was touch and go at first; but, I got serious during the last two weeks and lost five pounds. I feel better, and it was fun to watch as the pounds mounted up as a group. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/04/2018 Peggy I lost five pounds I lost five pounds by eating more fruits and vegetables and I plan on keeping this routine to keep my weight down. I lost five pounds by eating more fruits and vegetables and I plan on keeping this routine to keep my weight down. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Kem Lea I needed a push I needed a push and it seemed reasonable. I only pledged 5 pounds and I’ve yo-yoed up and down 3 pounds and so I really haven’t lost anything but I continue to go to the gym 6 days a week, walking and lifting weights alternatively. I feel better and my stamina has increased significantly. I’m 73, 5’9” and 162 pounds. I needed a push and it seemed reasonable. I only pledged 5 pounds and I’ve yo-yoed up and down 3 pounds and so I really haven’t lost anything but I continue to go to the gym 6 days a week, walking and lifting weights alternatively. I feel better and my stamina has increased significantly. I’m 73, 5’9” and 162 pounds. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Janet I have a lot of energy and I can show off my muscles I have been excercing for a long time lost some weight and have a lot of energy and I can show off my muscles I have been excercing for a long time lost some weight and have a lot of energy and I can show off my muscles Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Bob Didn’t make my weight goal Didn’t make my weight goal but lost 2 inches in my waist- 40” to 38” Not bad! Didn’t make my weight goal but lost 2 inches in my waist- 40” to 38” Not bad! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Wendy I wanted to lose weight for my checkup. Your challenge came at a perfect time. I wanted to lose weight for my checkup. I lost the 5 pounds I promised and yes I have many more to lose but the scale finally moved. Because of SilverSneakers I am exercising more. I attend Zumba Gold class and Gentle Yoga and walk a mile a day. Thank you SilverSneakers Your challenge came at a perfect time. I wanted to lose weight for my checkup. I lost the 5 pounds I promised and yes I have many more to lose but the scale finally moved. Because of SilverSneakers I am exercising more. I attend Zumba Gold class and Gentle Yoga and walk a mile a day. Thank you SilverSneakers Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Amelia Have been in a SilverSneakers class for almost four (4) years now. Have been in a SilverSneakers class for almost four (4) years now. It gets me up everyday and I don’t sit at home and think. I was losing some weigh but with the challenge I upped the game and lost 12 pounds beyond what I had already started losing. Plan on following the print from the challenge to get the last (5) off. A lot of what was on the challenge we are doing in class. I love my Lake Oconee Bodyplex. Have been in a SilverSneakers class for almost four (4) years now. It gets me up everyday and I don’t sit at home and think. I was losing some weigh but with the challenge I upped the game and lost 12 pounds beyond what I had already started losing. Plan on following the print from the challenge to get the last (5) off. A lot of what was on the challenge we are doing in class. I love my Lake Oconee Bodyplex. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Linda Did carb diet Did carb diet. Wanted to lose the pounds that have hounded me for the last 2 years. Did carb diet. Wanted to lose the pounds that have hounded me for the last 2 years. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Carolyn I CAN do lots more than I ever dreamed I have tried to lose weight unsuccessfully so I hoped this might help. But in fact I did not lose a pound! However, I count it as a success because I gained a great deal of flexibility, strength and energy. I doubled my walking distance. I tried and now use more equipment. I do different kinds of exercises at home, also. I feel like a winner, even though I did not lose any weight. Thanks, SilverSneakers!! I have stopped thinking of myself as "I am old and can't do that anymore!" It may take some time but I am finding I CAN do lots more than I ever dreamed -- even at 73!! I have tried to lose weight unsuccessfully so I hoped this might help. But in fact I did not lose a pound! However, I count it as a success because I gained a great deal of flexibility, strength and energy. I doubled my walking distance. I tried and now use more equipment. I do different kinds of exercises at home, also. I feel like a winner, even though I did not lose any weight. Thanks, SilverSneakers!! I have stopped thinking of myself as "I am old and can't do that anymore!" It may take some time but I am finding I CAN do lots more than I ever dreamed -- even at 73!! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Summer I made a modest commitment I made a modest commitment to *release* 5 pounds and happy to report that I released 7 pounds!! I started juicing for breakfast and lunch and had a healthy WFPB meal for dinner, plus LOTS of water!! I walked a few times a week and lifted small weights daily. I have fallen in love with juicing (veggies and fruits) and, much to my surprise, rarely drink coffee anymore. I feel energized!! I made a modest commitment to *release* 5 pounds and happy to report that I released 7 pounds!! I started juicing for breakfast and lunch and had a healthy WFPB meal for dinner, plus LOTS of water!! I walked a few times a week and lifted small weights daily. I have fallen in love with juicing (veggies and fruits) and, much to my surprise, rarely drink coffee anymore. I feel energized!! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/10/2018 Antonette I am thankful for SilverSneakers I am thankful for SilverSneakers because it gave me the opportunity to have a happier and healthier life. I go to the Lansdale, PA YMCA practically every weekday. I take aerobic or Zumba classes every weekday and swim laps and aerobic swim classes 3 days a week. The swim classes taught me to be a much better swimmer and the exercise classes have made me much stronger. Last year I received a "Fit Seniors Award" during National Senior Health & Fitness Day. I am 81 years old and was proud to receive it. I have made many friends and enjoy many other benefits that the Y offers. I am grateful for SilverSneakers and thank you for it. I am thankful for SilverSneakers because it gave me the opportunity to have a happier and healthier life. I go to the Lansdale, PA YMCA practically every weekday. I take aerobic or Zumba classes every weekday and swim laps and aerobic swim classes 3 days a week. The swim classes taught me to be a much better swimmer and the exercise classes have made me much stronger. Last year I received a "Fit Seniors Award" during National Senior Health & Fitness Day. I am 81 years old and was proud to receive it. I have made many friends and enjoy many other benefits that the Y offers. I am grateful for SilverSneakers and thank you for it. Yes Lansdale PA No Independence Blue Cross Digital Member Lansdale, PA YMCA No Image Available
07/10/2018 Terry Senior Young I consider myself a new, young at heart senior at age 65. I am thankful to have insurance to be able go to the gym to stay in shape. Being a type 2 diabetic, it is important to exercise to help control my A1C. I have been going to the gym about a year now, and I just feel better and stronger. I miss going when I am unable. Aging takes a toll on our bodies and we need to do what we can to obtain muscle and balance. Hope to drop a few pounds too! Plus the gym is a great stress reliever and you may even meet new friends! So, thanks again for the Silver Sneakers program! I consider myself a new, young at heart senior at age 65. I am thankful to have insurance to be able go to the gym to stay in shape. Being a type 2 diabetic, it is important to exercise to help control my A1C. I have been going to the gym about a year now, and I just feel better and stronger. I miss going when I am unable. Aging takes a toll on our bodies and we need to do what we can to obtain muscle and balance. Hope to drop a few pounds too! Plus the gym is a great stress reliever and you may even meet new friends! So, thanks again for the Silver Sneakers program! Yes Madison AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member Red X Fitness in Madison, AL No Image Available
07/10/2018 Susan I stick to a schedule I stick to a schedule; and feel stronger more confident. My friendships that I have developed, I don't feel lonely. My whole routine that we work out and enjoy. I feel important and matter. It opens you up to new things. It's not over at any age. You matter. I stick to a schedule; and feel stronger more confident. My friendships that I have developed, I don't feel lonely. My whole routine that we work out and enjoy. I feel important and matter. It opens you up to new things. It's not over at any age. You matter. Yes Southhampton PA No Independence Blue Cross Digital Member No Image Available
07/03/2018 Don I needed to lose weight I needed to lose weight, but always find excuses to cheat enough to stay stagnant. Your challenge coincided with my latest lament about losing, so I jumped on board. Over the years, I have lost thousands of pounds, and always manage to gain some or all of it back. As I age however, I realize the strain extra weight puts on my entire system. I also know that my metabolism has slowed, and even though I eat less, I also lose less. Your challenge gave me the impetus to start the final journey toward a weight goal that will keep me alive longer. I lost seven pounds during the challenge, and hope to lose an additional 20, putting me within reach of my weight at the end of my military service 54 years ago..... I needed to lose weight, but always find excuses to cheat enough to stay stagnant. Your challenge coincided with my latest lament about losing, so I jumped on board. Over the years, I have lost thousands of pounds, and always manage to gain some or all of it back. As I age however, I realize the strain extra weight puts on my entire system. I also know that my metabolism has slowed, and even though I eat less, I also lose less. Your challenge gave me the impetus to start the final journey toward a weight goal that will keep me alive longer. I lost seven pounds during the challenge, and hope to lose an additional 20, putting me within reach of my weight at the end of my military service 54 years ago..... Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Janie Started me on healthy eating This weight loss challenge was what started me on my healthy eating, and exercising at SilverSneakers. I even lost the weight I wanted to during the weight loss challenge. It was a great start to my continued weight loss and exercise plan. This weight loss challenge was what started me on my healthy eating, and exercising at SilverSneakers. I even lost the weight I wanted to during the weight loss challenge. It was a great start to my continued weight loss and exercise plan. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Debbi I was sick and tired I was sick and tired of looking and feeling the way I have for the past couple of years. In May, I joined a support group after seeing the success two friends had with it. I was happy to join the challenge in June, knowing my motivation might lag a bit. I lost 6.2 pounds in June, a total of 13.2 so far, with …well … let's just say a few more to go! Thanks for the extra push! I was sick and tired of looking and feeling the way I have for the past couple of years. In May, I joined a support group after seeing the success two friends had with it. I was happy to join the challenge in June, knowing my motivation might lag a bit. I lost 6.2 pounds in June, a total of 13.2 so far, with …well … let's just say a few more to go! Thanks for the extra push! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Junine Weight loss plateau I participated in this challenge so I could move from my weight loss plateau. I had been at the same weight for a few weeks. I still want to lose 15 pounds more. But since July of 2017 I've lost 65 pounds using MyFitnessPal app. And joining the SilverSneakers fitness class has been a true blessing. I can't recall the last time I felt this fit and strong. I participated in this challenge so I could move from my weight loss plateau. I had been at the same weight for a few weeks. I still want to lose 15 pounds more. But since July of 2017 I've lost 65 pounds using MyFitnessPal app. And joining the SilverSneakers fitness class has been a true blessing. I can't recall the last time I felt this fit and strong. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/09/2018 Debra Life Changer Exercise at the gym and healthy eating have contributed to my 10 year "free from cancer" status. After retirement and consequently a reduced income, SilverSneakers enabled me to continue my exercise program at the Jewish Community Center. Due to contract disputes I will be charged a membership fee which will increase again in January. I don't know that I can afford it. I'll lose all the SilverSneakers benefits at the JCC which is my gym of choice, and consequently my preventive exercise. Long term, I'll lose and so will Blue Cross because SilverSneakers was my prevention program. Exercise at the gym and healthy eating have contributed to my 10 year "free from cancer" status. After retirement and consequently a reduced income, SilverSneakers enabled me to continue my exercise program at the Jewish Community Center. Due to contract disputes I will be charged a membership fee which will increase again in January. I don't know that I can afford it. I'll lose all the SilverSneakers benefits at the JCC which is my gym of choice, and consequently my preventive exercise. Long term, I'll lose and so will Blue Cross because SilverSneakers was my prevention program. Yes Birmingham AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member Levite Jewish Community Center Birmingham, Al. No Image Available
07/08/2018 Linda How SilverSneakers Improved My Life In 2009 I joined a fitness club in the small town of Archbold, Ohio. The club was wonderful! I met a lot of people, and soon we became like family. Prior to this time I was very overweight, and very limited to what I could do. I've had 3 back surgeries and both knees replaced, and I can honestly say that SilverSneakers workouts changed my life! I've lost 30+pounds and went from size 18-20 to a size 12! We moved to Alabama 5 years ago and I go to a gym that excepts SilverSneakers, so I don't have to worry about the cost. The thing I miss the most since we moved is the gym hasn't been able to get a SilverSneakers class approved. I really missed the social aspect of a group and hope that someday we will have one at the Helena Health Club. Since I started exercising regularly my health in general has improved greatly. I have been able to keep diabetes away and my flexibility has greatly increased. I give God and SilverSneakers all the credit. In 2009 I joined a fitness club in the small town of Archbold, Ohio. The club was wonderful! I met a lot of people, and soon we became like family. Prior to this time I was very overweight, and very limited to what I could do. I've had 3 back surgeries and both knees replaced, and I can honestly say that SilverSneakers workouts changed my life! I've lost 30+pounds and went from size 18-20 to a size 12! We moved to Alabama 5 years ago and I go to a gym that excepts SilverSneakers, so I don't have to worry about the cost. The thing I miss the most since we moved is the gym hasn't been able to get a SilverSneakers class approved. I really missed the social aspect of a group and hope that someday we will have one at the Helena Health Club. Since I started exercising regularly my health in general has improved greatly. I have been able to keep diabetes away and my flexibility has greatly increased. I give God and SilverSneakers all the credit. Yes Helena AL Yes Digital Member Helena Health Club. Helena Alabama No Image Available
07/08/2018 Sandra Healthy and Luvin’ It Thank you for my recent MVP Certificate of Recognition. It was wonderful to see that Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Tivity Health, Inc. do recognize the efforts we are making to improve our health. My journey has not been too out of the ordinary. I have great genes and little health issues but I know that in order to maintain my health, effort is required on my part. Having been a gym member most of my life, I realized that you must be consistent in your attendance to whatever classes work for you. The important factor is to make an agreement with yourself to follow through each and every day. Plus using a Fitbit really keeps me on track with all fitness/wellness goals. I have a schedule every morning at the gym and I stick to it unless there are some extenuating circumstances to prevent me from going. I even find a YMCA in the area when traveling so I can continue my fitness journey while away. If there is no Y in the area, then I do my own workout and will walk 4 to 5 miles that day. Of course, being retired does help because you can stick to your schedule. I remember those days of working all day and hitting the gym on the way home. Sometimes it could be easier to not keep that agreement! So if you are eligible for SilverSneakers, please get involved. Find your passion in the gym whatever it may be. For me, BodyCombat and Pilates have made the biggest difference for my physical and mental health. Start slow and challenge yourself to always do more. Workout buddies are great as long as you have the same goals in mind. Time to get started!! Thank you again for allowing me to share my story. Thank you for my recent MVP Certificate of Recognition. It was wonderful to see that Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Tivity Health, Inc. do recognize the efforts we are making to improve our health. My journey has not been too out of the ordinary. I have great genes and little health issues but I know that in order to maintain my health, effort is required on my part. Having been a gym member most of my life, I realized that you must be consistent in your attendance to whatever classes work for you. The important factor is to make an agreement with yourself to follow through each and every day. Plus using a Fitbit really keeps me on track with all fitness/wellness goals. I have a schedule every morning at the gym and I stick to it unless there are some extenuating circumstances to prevent me from going. I even find a YMCA in the area when traveling so I can continue my fitness journey while away. If there is no Y in the area, then I do my own workout and will walk 4 to 5 miles that day. Of course, being retired does help because you can stick to your schedule. I remember those days of working all day and hitting the gym on the way home. Sometimes it could be easier to not keep that agreement! So if you are eligible for SilverSneakers, please get involved. Find your passion in the gym whatever it may be. For me, BodyCombat and Pilates have made the biggest difference for my physical and mental health. Start slow and challenge yourself to always do more. Workout buddies are great as long as you have the same goals in mind. Time to get started!! Thank you again for allowing me to share my story. Yes Robertsdale AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member Bounds Family YMCA
07/07/2018 Patti Water aerobics can do amazing things I love SilverSneakers. I go several days a week to the water aerobic classes at Thomas Wellness Center. These exercises have done so much for me, I can't recommend them enough. The instructors are so good and helpful. They make sure the class gets a proper workout, but one of the best things I get from the classes is the company of the other classmates. SilverSneakers provides a lot more benefits than exercise. I love SilverSneakers. I go several days a week to the water aerobic classes at Thomas Wellness Center. These exercises have done so much for me, I can't recommend them enough. The instructors are so good and helpful. They make sure the class gets a proper workout, but one of the best things I get from the classes is the company of the other classmates. SilverSneakers provides a lot more benefits than exercise. Yes Fairhope AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member Thomas Fitness Center No Image Available
07/03/2018 Tom Want to run half marathon I ran 26 out of 30 days and lost 9 pounds. I watched my diet and and I am determined to lose 30 pounds total by September 1. I will run a 1/2 marathon in September. I can't wait! I ran 26 out of 30 days and lost 9 pounds. I watched my diet and and I am determined to lose 30 pounds total by September 1. I will run a 1/2 marathon in September. I can't wait! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/07/2018 Samuel Getting started to a better life I had never used a gym before, I did most of my exercise on the living room floor and at a local walking track. I decided to try SilverSneakers and it was easy to get registered and started. The biggest asset and advantage is its free and climate controlled. You can exercise at your own pace and most gyms use a pass card, so you can pick your time, either when your friends and neighbors are there or during the day or night when there are few if any people there. You don't have to be a weight lifter or sweat a lot .You can pick your workout from a variety of machines and bicyles. I use it for stretches and muscle toning and have lost about 12 pounds and 2 inches in my waist doing 40 minutes a day, 4 to 6 days a week since I started this program. This is a wonderful benefit I had never used a gym before, I did most of my exercise on the living room floor and at a local walking track. I decided to try SilverSneakers and it was easy to get registered and started. The biggest asset and advantage is its free and climate controlled. You can exercise at your own pace and most gyms use a pass card, so you can pick your time, either when your friends and neighbors are there or during the day or night when there are few if any people there. You don't have to be a weight lifter or sweat a lot .You can pick your workout from a variety of machines and bicyles. I use it for stretches and muscle toning and have lost about 12 pounds and 2 inches in my waist doing 40 minutes a day, 4 to 6 days a week since I started this program. This is a wonderful benefit Yes Sylacauga AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member Workout Anytime in Sylacauga No Image Available
07/03/2018 Marybeth I love SilverSneakers! I love SilverSneakers! I attend classes 4 days a week. The month of June I lost 15 pounds! I also changed my diet - 70% vegetables and 30% meat under a doctors care. I am still attending classes and hoping for more weight loss and friendships. I love SilverSneakers! I attend classes 4 days a week. The month of June I lost 15 pounds! I also changed my diet - 70% vegetables and 30% meat under a doctors care. I am still attending classes and hoping for more weight loss and friendships. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Marilyn Get Into a rhythm and make it part of your life Key is finding an activity you enjoy and discipline yourself to do it on a regular basis. Get Into a rhythm and make it part of your life. As a result for me a borderline osteoporosis diagnosis has disappeared. Key is finding an activity you enjoy and discipline yourself to do it on a regular basis. Get Into a rhythm and make it part of your life. As a result for me a borderline osteoporosis diagnosis has disappeared. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Bevetly Just what I needed This was just what I needed to get myself on a walking schedule. I hope to continue using the last week's program. I feel more energetic and just feel better about myself. This was just what I needed to get myself on a walking schedule. I hope to continue using the last week's program. I feel more energetic and just feel better about myself. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Sandra So grateful for SilverSneakers I am so grateful for the SilverSneakers program that allows us to turn it around, get in shape and find friendships. I now work out daily doing water aerobics and love our instructor James at Nomad Aquatics in Huntersville, NC I am so grateful for the SilverSneakers program that allows us to turn it around, get in shape and find friendships. I now work out daily doing water aerobics and love our instructor James at Nomad Aquatics in Huntersville, NC Yes No Digital MPC
07/03/2018 Arnold I have set a series of goals for myself Since my recovery from a serious accident in 2015, I have set a series of goals for myself to regain my strength and cardiovascular health. This year, I was able to drop my weight from 203 pounds to 193 pounds by doing more cardio and returning to riding my mountain bike while participating in the SilverSneakers Challenge at my local YMCA in Georgia. Since my recovery from a serious accident in 2015, I have set a series of goals for myself to regain my strength and cardiovascular health. This year, I was able to drop my weight from 203 pounds to 193 pounds by doing more cardio and returning to riding my mountain bike while participating in the SilverSneakers Challenge at my local YMCA in Georgia. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Susan My inspiration to lose weight My inspiration to lose weight was to be able to get into a dress which I hadn't worn in several years but wanted to wear to our son's wedding later this summer. I guessed that losing 5+ pounds might do it. I've been eating fewer carbs, only salads when we go out and maybe only a cookie for dessert. I also weigh every morning. I have lost 5 pounds in 5 weeks. Want to keep going for about 3-4 more. My inspiration to lose weight was to be able to get into a dress which I hadn't worn in several years but wanted to wear to our son's wedding later this summer. I guessed that losing 5+ pounds might do it. I've been eating fewer carbs, only salads when we go out and maybe only a cookie for dessert. I also weigh every morning. I have lost 5 pounds in 5 weeks. Want to keep going for about 3-4 more. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Thomas Lost 104 lbs since Nov I've lost 104 pounds since November. I started SilverSneakers in April. Now I'm hooked on the gym, building up my muscle and my lung strength! I'm now on a vegan diet. Between diet and exercise in a new me! A better me! I only wish I started this along time ago!! I've lost 104 pounds since November. I started SilverSneakers in April. Now I'm hooked on the gym, building up my muscle and my lung strength! I'm now on a vegan diet. Between diet and exercise in a new me! A better me! I only wish I started this along time ago!! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Fernando What inspired me to participate in MPC What inspired me to participate was the challenge to contribute. Secondly, I needed a motivator to keep me going to the gym. I had never belonged to a gym until SilverSneakers suggested it and found out my Humana Advantage Plan pays 50 percent of our monthly fees. I’ve lost 11 pounds since January 2018 and have kept them off. Thanks SilverSneakers!! What inspired me to participate was the challenge to contribute. Secondly, I needed a motivator to keep me going to the gym. I had never belonged to a gym until SilverSneakers suggested it and found out my Humana Advantage Plan pays 50 percent of our monthly fees. I’ve lost 11 pounds since January 2018 and have kept them off. Thanks SilverSneakers!! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/06/2018 Sally Having a support plan great for seniors Having a support plan will be great with other seniors like me!i just joined the Boca Raton YMCA and took a chair yoga and Zumba class so far. Plus I used machines such as the leg press. I am starting aquatic class next week and starting with a trainer the week after. I also shopped for healthy food. Having a support plan will be great with other seniors like me!i just joined the Boca Raton YMCA and took a chair yoga and Zumba class so far. Plus I used machines such as the leg press. I am starting aquatic class next week and starting with a trainer the week after. I also shopped for healthy food. Yes No Digital MPC
07/03/2018 Lucy It’s working!!! I needed to enhance my exercise routine. I started going to the gym pool and moving for at least an hour and on some days 1.5 to 2 hours of constant movement. I used a waterproof IPod Shuffle to spice it up. I’m still doing my water routine at least 5-6 days a week. What a wonderful way to shed pounds. Of course I changed my eating habits and cut down considerably on carbs. It’s working!!! I needed to enhance my exercise routine. I started going to the gym pool and moving for at least an hour and on some days 1.5 to 2 hours of constant movement. I used a waterproof IPod Shuffle to spice it up. I’m still doing my water routine at least 5-6 days a week. What a wonderful way to shed pounds. Of course I changed my eating habits and cut down considerably on carbs. It’s working!!! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Velma Your tips on diet and Your tips on diet and exercise not only help but also motivated and inspired me to try different exercises and foods/menus. I will continue to add more time and repetion/sets to weights and build up to walking for an hour. Thanks for all the tips and motivation! Your tips on diet and exercise not only help but also motivated and inspired me to try different exercises and foods/menus. I will continue to add more time and repetion/sets to weights and build up to walking for an hour. Thanks for all the tips and motivation! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Patricia Subtract my gain from the losses Sorry, but you'll have to subtract my gain from the losses. I gained four pounds. No matter what I do, I just can't keep from night time eating. Sorry, but you'll have to subtract my gain from the losses. I gained four pounds. No matter what I do, I just can't keep from night time eating. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Joe Starting a new chapter of my life I moved and looked at the website to find a new gym, and that’s when I saw the challenge. I decided to participate because with moving, I am starting a new chapter of my life. I successfully completed the challenge and lost weight and feel a lot better. I’m going to continue to help get off of some medication I am taking. I moved and looked at the website to find a new gym, and that’s when I saw the challenge. I decided to participate because with moving, I am starting a new chapter of my life. I successfully completed the challenge and lost weight and feel a lot better. I’m going to continue to help get off of some medication I am taking. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Vera Lost the 3 pounds that I pledged I had gained a few unwanted pounds and a good schedule to walking inspired me to get moving. I did lose the 3 pounds that I pledged. I had gained a few unwanted pounds and a good schedule to walking inspired me to get moving. I did lose the 3 pounds that I pledged. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Gloria We managed to lose a few pounds be more active I have to first thank my husband who pushed me to go to the gym and also take up swimming. It's also a great way to workout your muscles without putting a lot of strain on joints. With a partner on your side we managed to lose a few pounds be more active and change our diet and eating habits. I have to first thank my husband who pushed me to go to the gym and also take up swimming. It's also a great way to workout your muscles without putting a lot of strain on joints. With a partner on your side we managed to lose a few pounds be more active and change our diet and eating habits. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Rosella Stretching at home I do stretching excercises at home but it doesn't get me out of the house to communicate with others my age. I do stretching excercises at home but it doesn't get me out of the house to communicate with others my age. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/03/2018 Pam Walking and swimming to keep me fit Walking and swimming to keep me fit from past surgeries Walking and swimming to keep me fit from past surgeries Yes No Digital MPC
07/03/2018 Cathy I’m tired of being in pain I'm tired of being in pain all the time and I need surgery. I'm tired of being in pain all the time and I need surgery. Yes No Digital MPC
07/03/2018 Mary I didn’t lose any weight I didn't lose any weight because I just signed up a short time ago. I didn't lose any weight because I just signed up a short time ago. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/02/2018 Yvonne Supplements help me stay healthy. Supplements help me stay healthy. Now to lose 15 pounds. Diet, eating right and exercise. My Fitbit helps me track miles, stairs and steps - I wear it daily. My son bought it for me April 2017. Getting rest is very important. Supplements help me stay healthy. Now to lose 15 pounds. Diet, eating right and exercise. My Fitbit helps me track miles, stairs and steps - I wear it daily. My son bought it for me April 2017. Getting rest is very important. Yes No Digital MPC
07/02/2018 Joan I started a new class I started a new class at Heritage Place a BOOM MOVE class. I had fun and lost a few pounds too. I started a new class at Heritage Place a BOOM MOVE class. I had fun and lost a few pounds too. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/06/2018 Armando I need to lose weight. I need to lose weight. And take better care of myself. I need to lose weight. And take better care of myself. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/06/2018 Tom Reason to move everyday After I retired I’d lay around and do nothing. After two months I realized I couldn’t keep living a life like that. So I took advantage of my SilverSneakers benefit. I joined the Abington YMCA. The Wellness Center was a great place to start. Got to walking on the treadmill and after some instructions I started doing the machines. After that I decided to take a class and decided tai chi looked interesting. That was probably the best thing I’ve done in years. Great for me physically as well as mentally. It’s improved my balance and my mental attitude. I’m a much better person for having taken the tai chi class. I’d highly recommend it. After I retired I’d lay around and do nothing. After two months I realized I couldn’t keep living a life like that. So I took advantage of my SilverSneakers benefit. I joined the Abington YMCA. The Wellness Center was a great place to start. Got to walking on the treadmill and after some instructions I started doing the machines. After that I decided to take a class and decided tai chi looked interesting. That was probably the best thing I’ve done in years. Great for me physically as well as mentally. It’s improved my balance and my mental attitude. I’m a much better person for having taken the tai chi class. I’d highly recommend it. Yes Roslyn PA Yes Digital Member Abington YMCA The Becoming Center No Image Available
07/02/2018 Phyllis I’ve changed the way I think about food I have been going to Weight Watchers since the beginning of the year. I've lost 16.8 pound as of today. Now I'm losing .2 pounds each week, but I am eating very healthy again. I've changed the way I think about food and feel so much better. I have been going to Weight Watchers since the beginning of the year. I've lost 16.8 pound as of today. Now I'm losing .2 pounds each week, but I am eating very healthy again. I've changed the way I think about food and feel so much better. Yes No Digital MPC
07/02/2018 Edward 2016 I was 375 lbs! In 2016 I was 375 pounds! Now I'm 248 pounds by low carb diet and exercise at the YMCA! I will continue with SilverSneakers and diet! In 2016 I was 375 pounds! Now I'm 248 pounds by low carb diet and exercise at the YMCA! I will continue with SilverSneakers and diet! Yes No Digital MPC
07/02/2018 Barb Additional information on exercise [I liked] the additional information on exercise and recipes. If anything I should gain a few pounds. [I liked] the additional information on exercise and recipes. If anything I should gain a few pounds. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/06/2018 Chris I’d love to access a I’d love to access a health facility but SilverSneakers won’t send me a membership card. It’s not my job to download or print. I don’t want a replacement card. I pay for this benefit and I want service. I’d love to access a health facility but SilverSneakers won’t send me a membership card. It’s not my job to download or print. I don’t want a replacement card. I pay for this benefit and I want service. Yes No Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Digital Member No Image Available
07/06/2018 Frank I’m excited about the changes with weight loss I have enjoyed going to the Wellness Center in Huntsville since November 1, 2017. I have been trained to use other equipment, but I mainly walk the treadmill doing 20 miles per week. Since January 2, 2018 I have lost 40 pounds, so I'm excited about the changes with weight loss. Patricia welcomes me every day and is such a sweet person I have enjoyed visiting with her five days a week. I have enjoyed going to the Wellness Center in Huntsville since November 1, 2017. I have been trained to use other equipment, but I mainly walk the treadmill doing 20 miles per week. Since January 2, 2018 I have lost 40 pounds, so I'm excited about the changes with weight loss. Patricia welcomes me every day and is such a sweet person I have enjoyed visiting with her five days a week. Yes Huntsville AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member Wellness Center, Four Mile Post, Huntsville, AL No Image Available
07/05/2018 Rose I started a walking program I started a walking program vs. gym because I love the outdoors. I average 5 days a week and a total mile goal of 20 miles. The scale only shows a loss of 3 pounds so far. However I've noticed my clothes feel looser and my legs stronger. Adding weight training in July for an entire body change. I started a walking program vs. gym because I love the outdoors. I average 5 days a week and a total mile goal of 20 miles. The scale only shows a loss of 3 pounds so far. However I've noticed my clothes feel looser and my legs stronger. Adding weight training in July for an entire body change. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/05/2018 Cathy Loved the ideas of menus Loved the ideas of menus and exercise. Hope to continue logging in at my plate... did not meet goal of 10 pounds... did loose 3...and became much more aware of snacking! Loved the ideas of menus and exercise. Hope to continue logging in at my plate... did not meet goal of 10 pounds... did loose 3...and became much more aware of snacking! Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/05/2018 Maurine I needed to lose 20 pounds I needed to lose 20 pounds. I figured [the Million Pound Challenge] was a good start. I stopped eating anything after 6 p.m. and lost 3 pounds in one week. It's not much, but it's making a difference and I will keep it up (and eliminate ice cream). I needed to lose 20 pounds. I figured [the Million Pound Challenge] was a good start. I stopped eating anything after 6 p.m. and lost 3 pounds in one week. It's not much, but it's making a difference and I will keep it up (and eliminate ice cream). Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/05/2018 Anna Control my diabetes [Participated in MPC] to control my diabetes. Drink lots of water to curb my sweet tooth. Daily exercises. [Participated in MPC] to control my diabetes. Drink lots of water to curb my sweet tooth. Daily exercises. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/05/2018 Joann I am a type 2 diabetic I am a type 2 diabetic and my A1C kept going higher and higher. My doctor warned me that too many things would be affected by this is I didn’t get it under control. Actually, this visit scared me into doing something. I gave up grains and sugars and my weight dropped. At my last doctor visit, my A1C had dropped to 7.2. Its still too high, but lowering. I have more energy, I am sleeping better, and the SilverSneakers Challenge occurred at an opportune time to get me motivated. Thanks so much for all the encouragement! I am a type 2 diabetic and my A1C kept going higher and higher. My doctor warned me that too many things would be affected by this is I didn’t get it under control. Actually, this visit scared me into doing something. I gave up grains and sugars and my weight dropped. At my last doctor visit, my A1C had dropped to 7.2. Its still too high, but lowering. I have more energy, I am sleeping better, and the SilverSneakers Challenge occurred at an opportune time to get me motivated. Thanks so much for all the encouragement! Yes No Digital MPC
07/05/2018 Mary Breast cancer survivor What inspired me to participate [in the Million Pound Challenge] is that I am a one year breast cancer survivor. After my diagnosis I decided to change my eating habits and exercise habits. I plan to continue on a healthy path because I want to stay healthy and fit. It also helps me with my anxiety. What inspired me to participate [in the Million Pound Challenge] is that I am a one year breast cancer survivor. After my diagnosis I decided to change my eating habits and exercise habits. I plan to continue on a healthy path because I want to stay healthy and fit. It also helps me with my anxiety. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/05/2018 Robert Turning my life around I got into a major motor vehicle accident at work back in July of 2015. At that time I was very fit and active. I was 190 pounds and I ran Spartan races but since the accident I've gained over 100 pounds and have been very inactive, depressed and out of touch with everything including my health. But recently I got sick with Lyme disease and noticed a lot of changes with my joints and muscles hurting everytime I move and with the weight I also wound up with sleep apnea and asthma and a bunch of other things. So I have decided to take it upon myself to do something about and turn my life back around. I got into a major motor vehicle accident at work back in July of 2015. At that time I was very fit and active. I was 190 pounds and I ran Spartan races but since the accident I've gained over 100 pounds and have been very inactive, depressed and out of touch with everything including my health. But recently I got sick with Lyme disease and noticed a lot of changes with my joints and muscles hurting everytime I move and with the weight I also wound up with sleep apnea and asthma and a bunch of other things. So I have decided to take it upon myself to do something about and turn my life back around. Yes No Digital MPC No Image Available
07/05/2018 Jerry A fitness program changes my life for the better In 2003 I had open heart surgery and after that I saw the need for a fitness program to enhance my health. I go to CRMC fitness three times a week for over an hour each time and use the Nu-Step, bicycle, rowing machine, arms, treadmill and weights to keep up my physical fitness and maintain proper weight. I am 80 years young and credit SilverSneakers for helping me maintain reasonably good health. I also walk routinely. In 2003 I had open heart surgery and after that I saw the need for a fitness program to enhance my health. I go to CRMC fitness three times a week for over an hour each time and use the Nu-Step, bicycle, rowing machine, arms, treadmill and weights to keep up my physical fitness and maintain proper weight. I am 80 years young and credit SilverSneakers for helping me maintain reasonably good health. I also walk routinely. Yes Cullman AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member Cullman Regional Medical Center No Image Available
07/05/2018 Jackie I never imagined Who doesn't know that exercise is one of the best things we can do to live healthy? The problem is finding the time, the place, and most importantly the workout routine that is perfect for you. I found it when I started taking SilverSneakers classes. I started taking 2 classes a week and now I take classes 5 days a week. The instructor made the class such fun with her enthusiasm and her selection of music that is played during the workouts. We work hard but have a lot of fun. I have lost 51 pounds as a result of my daily exercise routine. I now laugh at my previous lack of interest in exercise programs as today I can't wait to join my fellow SilverSneakers. Who doesn't know that exercise is one of the best things we can do to live healthy? The problem is finding the time, the place, and most importantly the workout routine that is perfect for you. I found it when I started taking SilverSneakers classes. I started taking 2 classes a week and now I take classes 5 days a week. The instructor made the class such fun with her enthusiasm and her selection of music that is played during the workouts. We work hard but have a lot of fun. I have lost 51 pounds as a result of my daily exercise routine. I now laugh at my previous lack of interest in exercise programs as today I can't wait to join my fellow SilverSneakers. Yes Carrollton TX Yes Humana Digital Member Carrollton, Coit and Richardson
07/03/2018 Wesley It worked for me I had two problems. I weighed 288 pounds and I had arthritis that required pretty strong medication. So I quit eating sugar and other carbs and over about a year's time I lost 88 pounds. Then I went to the City of Troy rec center and talked to the trainer about the arthritis. He worked out a plan for me and in 6 months I was able to get off the medication. During the whole time I went to my doc every 6 months. Sounds simple but it wasn't! I had two problems. I weighed 288 pounds and I had arthritis that required pretty strong medication. So I quit eating sugar and other carbs and over about a year's time I lost 88 pounds. Then I went to the City of Troy rec center and talked to the trainer about the arthritis. He worked out a plan for me and in 6 months I was able to get off the medication. During the whole time I went to my doc every 6 months. Sounds simple but it wasn't! Yes Troy AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member City of Troy Al. Recreation Center Gym No Image Available
07/03/2018 Eleanor Overcome difficulties I have been exercising in the pool for 18 years but when Blue Cross offered SilverSneakers at the park and recreation center in Tuscaloosa I no longer had to pay $100 a year. Since I am retired and on a limited income it was difficult to pay for membership so it was delightful to just log on as a SilverSneakers member. But through the years I felt that it was important to exercise and made the sacrifice to pay for membership. I began going to the park and recreation center pool in late 1999 and have done so since. However when I was 65 in the year 2000 I got a job at a private school in China teaching ESL English as a second language. But there I got plenty of exercise due to lack of elevators and a lot of walking. I much appreciate SilverSneakers due to an increase in cost of medicine as I use more due to aging. I am 84 years of age and still go to the pool at the park and recreation center almost daily. Thank you Blue Cross for this benefit. I have been exercising in the pool for 18 years but when Blue Cross offered SilverSneakers at the park and recreation center in Tuscaloosa I no longer had to pay $100 a year. Since I am retired and on a limited income it was difficult to pay for membership so it was delightful to just log on as a SilverSneakers member. But through the years I felt that it was important to exercise and made the sacrifice to pay for membership. I began going to the park and recreation center pool in late 1999 and have done so since. However when I was 65 in the year 2000 I got a job at a private school in China teaching ESL English as a second language. But there I got plenty of exercise due to lack of elevators and a lot of walking. I much appreciate SilverSneakers due to an increase in cost of medicine as I use more due to aging. I am 84 years of age and still go to the pool at the park and recreation center almost daily. Thank you Blue Cross for this benefit. Yes Tuscaloosa AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member Macabee Park and Recreation
07/03/2018 Gail Stay young longer I love the SilverSneakers program and thank you BCBS for allowing me to enjoy the benefits of a free gym membership. I have done some kind of exercise most of my life, and this program has allowed me to continue that. I walk, do Pilates and yoga which have helped me tremendously to keep back pain under control. As a result I have not had to have a pain block in about 5 years. Doing Pilates and yoga help to keep my joints moving and my back stretched so that the spinal stenosis remains peaceful. I know when I have to miss a week! Another benefit to me is my blood pressure is much more stable when I hit the gym regularly. Being in a group setting is good because my friends are there and make me more accountable. I have been anle to take off a few pounds and inches. I believe exercise is essential as we age and I hope to continue that for many years to come. I have learned my stamina remains pretty high because of the fitness the exercise has given me. I love the SilverSneakers program and thank you BCBS for allowing me to enjoy the benefits of a free gym membership. I have done some kind of exercise most of my life, and this program has allowed me to continue that. I walk, do Pilates and yoga which have helped me tremendously to keep back pain under control. As a result I have not had to have a pain block in about 5 years. Doing Pilates and yoga help to keep my joints moving and my back stretched so that the spinal stenosis remains peaceful. I know when I have to miss a week! Another benefit to me is my blood pressure is much more stable when I hit the gym regularly. Being in a group setting is good because my friends are there and make me more accountable. I have been anle to take off a few pounds and inches. I believe exercise is essential as we age and I hope to continue that for many years to come. I have learned my stamina remains pretty high because of the fitness the exercise has given me. Yes Trussville AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member YMCA Trussville No Image Available
07/03/2018 William My SilverSneakers and youth Ten years ago I had open heart surgery and had to do something to build my strength up. I started going to the YMCA and walking sometimes using the machines. A couple of years ago the lady at the front desk told me about the SilverSneakers program. Because of my age and having to take leave of my job early, expenses were an issue. I felt like this would help me and it has. I go every morning and work out. It gives me a new incentive to get up and move. I have met so many friends and the program has helped me maintain my health and be a young 75 year old. I would recommend it to anyone that has the opportunity to use it. My wife who is still working plans to start as soon as she retires which will be at age 76. Stay young and do not give up on life is my motto. Thank you SilverSneakers for your help. Ten years ago I had open heart surgery and had to do something to build my strength up. I started going to the YMCA and walking sometimes using the machines. A couple of years ago the lady at the front desk told me about the SilverSneakers program. Because of my age and having to take leave of my job early, expenses were an issue. I felt like this would help me and it has. I go every morning and work out. It gives me a new incentive to get up and move. I have met so many friends and the program has helped me maintain my health and be a young 75 year old. I would recommend it to anyone that has the opportunity to use it. My wife who is still working plans to start as soon as she retires which will be at age 76. Stay young and do not give up on life is my motto. Thank you SilverSneakers for your help. Yes Brewton AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member Brewton, Alabama YMCA No Image Available
07/04/2018 Paul Life after retirement A year after retirement I was putting on weight. Just being inactive and eating more I put on over 30 pounds in the first year. It was raising my cholesterol levels and my blood pressure. My insurance BCBS sent me a flyer about SilverSneakers and I enrolled and started going to the gym about two days a week. My wife and I enjoyed going to the gym, working out and meeting new people. We then joined a workout class for three days a week and a yoga class two days a week. We started looking at getting to the gym five days a week just like our old jobs, M-F 9 to 5 although the gym was only 1 hour a day. So we workout 5 days a week and take weekends off. I have in the last three years lost 35 pounds and no longer take cholesterol medicine. I still have a few pounds to go to reach my goal but its been a fun and entertaining ride. We enjoy traveling and our health issues do not keep us from doing anything we enjoy. So if you need to improve your health and want to live a little longer then get off the couch and get to a gym and start a workout program. Your family will thank you for it. A year after retirement I was putting on weight. Just being inactive and eating more I put on over 30 pounds in the first year. It was raising my cholesterol levels and my blood pressure. My insurance BCBS sent me a flyer about SilverSneakers and I enrolled and started going to the gym about two days a week. My wife and I enjoyed going to the gym, working out and meeting new people. We then joined a workout class for three days a week and a yoga class two days a week. We started looking at getting to the gym five days a week just like our old jobs, M-F 9 to 5 although the gym was only 1 hour a day. So we workout 5 days a week and take weekends off. I have in the last three years lost 35 pounds and no longer take cholesterol medicine. I still have a few pounds to go to reach my goal but its been a fun and entertaining ride. We enjoy traveling and our health issues do not keep us from doing anything we enjoy. So if you need to improve your health and want to live a little longer then get off the couch and get to a gym and start a workout program. Your family will thank you for it. Yes Arab AL Yes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Digital Member
07/04/2018 Roberta (Bobbie) You’ll be glad you did I was so excited to learn that BC/BS of AL was offering SilverSneakers. It allowed me to continue at Planet Fitness and to take a chair yoga class at the YMCA at no expense to myself. Th