It’s no secret that regular exercise is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. From increased strength and energy to improved mood and flexibility, there are numerous benefits to working up a sweat. This is especially true for seniors, who face new health challenges as they age and can reap myriad rewards from physical fitness.
That concept is why CDPHP® offers our Senior Fit® program as an added benefit to our Medicare Choices members. CDPHP Senior Fit provides an array of no-cost wellness options for older adults of all lifestyles and activity levels, ensuring you live well and stay well.
Studies have shown that regular exercise can prevent injury and disease, which means fewer doctor visits, medications, and hospitalizations as you age and become more susceptible. Even those with chronic conditions can benefit from staying active, as physical fitness can be an effective treatment for arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and more.
Regular exercise can be beneficial for the mind, too. Staying active impacts cognitive function and allow seniors to multitask, plan, and maintain a sharp memory. Exercise also promotes socialization by getting you out of the house and into the gym, helping thwart the isolation and resulting depression that can plague aging adults.
Lastly, staying fit and healthy promotes independence and allows you to maintain the recreational activities, pace, and overall lifestyle you’re used to. If you’re a CDPHP Medicare Choices member, take a look at what CDPHP Senior Fit can do for you. As always, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.
No-Cost Fitness and Wellness Options
Through CDPHP Senior Fit, Medicare Choices members have no-cost access to numerous programs, gyms, and wellness centers where they can exercise, socialize, and improve their health. Members are encouraged to visit any of these locations for a free tour. And to keep things simple, enrolling is as simple as showing your CDPHP Medicare Choices ID card!
SilverSneakers offers a national network of participating fitness centers where Medicare Choices members can work out and attend classes for all ability levels. Many sites feature saunas, steam rooms, heated pools, and convenient parking.
Well-known Capital Region SilverSneakers locations include:
There are numerous additional SilverSneakers locations throughout the Capital Region.
Those who are unable to get to a fitness facility can enroll in SilverSneakers Steps, a self-directed program designed for your lifestyle and fitness level. Steps includes a choice of four kits – general fitness, strength, walking, and yoga.
The Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center
The Ciccotti Center is the first and only medical fitness complex in New York. Members have access to a fitness center with cardio and strength-training equipment, a 25-yard lap pool, group exercise, and more. The Ciccotti Center also offers:
Beltrone Living Center
Beltrone is a unique independent living community that offers a lifestyle and several on-site amenities designed for active adults. CDPHP Medicare Choices members can exercise and take wellness classes at the Colonie Senior Services Center, which is also on-site.
Other No-Cost Senior Fit Wellness Options
CDPHP Medicare Choices members can take advantage of additional wellness and fitness programs available through CDPHP Senior Fit, at no cost, including:
Wellness classes – CDPHP offers classes year-round throughout our service area. Try tai chi, yoga, body sculpting, healthy cooking, and more. Visit the CDPHP website to view the latest calendar and to register.
Weigh 2 Be® – Lose weight safely and effectively through this program. Sign up for an assortment of helpful resources, including information on eating healthy and staying active, periodic emails from CDPHP that include tips to help you reach your goal, and more.
CDPHP Care Team – Connect with a care professional, such as a nurse, dietitian, or pharmacist. You will receive no-cost support and advice on dealing with your particular health challenges.
The adage “move it or lose it” becomes more of a truism as you age. CDPHP Senior Fit gives you the tools you need to stay sharp, strong, mobile, and happy.
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