Illinois Valley YMCA offers SilverSneakers Fitness Classes for seniors

SilverSneakers is a fitness and wellness program available at over 15,000 locations nationwide, and the Illinois Valley YMCA currently offers three SilverSneakers classes.

SilverSneakers is designed for all levels and abilities and the program offers physical activity, health education and social events for Medicare-eligible and Group Retiree members.

At the Illinois Valley YMCA, if you are a member of a Medicare health plan or Medicare Supplement carrier that offers the SilverSneakers Fitness Program, you can enroll at no additional cost to you! If your health plan does not offer SilverSneakers, contact their member services and ask them when they are planning to provide it.

The Y offers three weekday classes. SilverSneaker Classic is held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. This fun class moves with 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 available if needed for seated or standing support.

SilverSneaker Circuit is held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. This class combines 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 low-impact aerobics choreography. A chair is used for standing support, stretching and relaxation exercises.

SilverSneaker Splash is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. in the lap pool. Splash offers fun, shallow-water movement to improve agility and flexibility while addressing cardiovascular, strength and endurance conditioning. No swimming ability is required, and a SilverSneakers kickboard or other aquatic equipment is used to improve strength, balance and coordination.

Contact the Y to see if your health plans qualify for you for the SilverSneakers and Prime memberships, memberships. Contact Carmen Turigliatti for more information at 815-223-7904, ext. 036, or visit www.silversneakers.com.

Illinois Valley YMCA: 300 Walnut Dr., Peru, IL 61354, 815-223-7904, www.ivymca.com