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How to Use Your Fitness Benefit

Blue KC is pleased to provide our member’s access to the SilverSneakers® Fitness Program, the nation’s leading fitness program designed exclusively for adults age 65 and over. Membership in the program is included in your plan.

The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program includes:

  • A complimentary membership at a participating health club near you where you can use amenities included with a "basic" membership - for example, steam/sauna rooms and exercise equipment. Health clubs such as YMCA, Genesis Health Clubs, Anytime Fitness, Gold’s Gym, Snap Fitness, and many other local gyms and community centers are included in the program.
  • Access to conditioning classes, exercise equipment, pool, sauna and other available amenities.
  • Customized SilverSneakers® classes designed exclusively for older adults who want to improve their strength, flexibility, balance and endurance.
  • Health education seminars and other events that promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
  • A specially trained Program Advisor at the fitness center to introduce you to SilverSneakers® and help you get started.
  • Member-only access to online support that can help you lose weight, quit smoking or reduce your stress.

SilverSneakers® Classes

SilverSneakers® group exercise classes offer you an opportunity to stay on track to achieve your health and fitness goals. Their signature classes are designed specifically for older adults and taught by specially trained, certified instructors. You are sure to find a class that suits your need and abilities.

Below are examples of classes that SilverSneakers® offers.

SilverSneakers® Classic
Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a SilverSneakers® ball are offered for resistance. A chair is used for seated and/or standing support.

SilverSneakers® Circuit
Combine fun with fitness to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance power with a standing circuit workout. Upper-body strength work with hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a SilverSneakers® ball is alternated with non-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is offered for support, stretching, and relaxation exercises.

SilverSneakers® Cardio
Get Up & Go with an aerobics class for you – safe, heart-healthy and gentle on the joints. The workout includes easy-to-follow low-impact movement, and upper-body strength, abdominal conditioning, stretching and relaxation exercises designed to energize your active lifestyle.

SilverSneakers® Yoga
YogaStretch will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

SilverSneakers® Splash
Activate your aqua urge for variety! SilverSplash offers lots of fun shallow-water moves to improve agility, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. No swimming ability is required, and a special SilverSneakers® kickboard is used to develop strength, balance and coordination.

How to Enroll in SilverSneakers®

While SilverSneakers® is available to Blue Medicare Advantage members you will still need to enroll in the program in order to participate. Follow these four simple steps to enroll:

  1. Find a participating location by calling 888-423-4632 (TTY: 711) Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 8:00pm (PST) or go online to
  2. Bring your Blue Medicare Advantage membership ID card and a photo ID to a participating location.
  3. Ask to speak with a Program Advisor, who will walk you through the enrollment process with you.
  4. Once you have completed enrollment, you will receive a separate SilverSneakers® ID card.

SilverSneakers® Online

Start your journey to a more active, healthier life with this exclusive members-only web site, designed especially for you.

On this secure website, you can:

  • Assess your health
  • Develop action plans and track your physical activities
  • Request advice from experts in nutrition, fitness and managing stress
  • Participate in discussion groups

As a member of Blue Medicare Advantage you can take advantage of all that is available to you on this site at no additional charge. Visit SilverSneakers Online to learn more.

What if I don’t live near a participating SilverSneakers® location but still want to get in shape?

SilverSneakers® Steps is a personalized fitness program for members who don’t have a SilverSneakers® location within 15 miles of their home. Steps is a self-directed physical activity and walking program. After registering for Steps at, you’ll receive a kit with the tools you need to get fit, including a pedometer (to count the number of steps you take each day), resistance bands, an exercise DVD, and educational information.

SilverSneakers® is a registered mark of Tivity Health, Inc.

Y0126_20-703_ITKC - Last updated 01/30/2020