Regular physical activity helps:
- keep your weight in a healthy range
- decrease your risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers
- reduce the rate of bone loss, delaying the onset of osteoporosis
- improve your balance, strength, coordination and decrease your risk of falling
- meet new people and keep you connected to your local community
You should speak to your doctor before starting any new exercise, or if it has been a long time since you have exercised regularly.
Exercise classes and other options
You can participate in a range of exercise classes throughout the municipality, led by qualified instructors who understand the needs of older adults.
Exercise classes can help you keep physically and mentally alert, and continue to be active after occupational therapy or physiotherapy due to an accident or illness.
You can find exercise options that suit you in our Community Directory:
Leisure centre memberships for seniors
Membership provides activities and classes for active retirees aged 55 plus.
Classes include line dancing, meditation, chair exercises, Tai Chi, water aerobics, tennis, bocce, bike riding, yoga, carpet bowls, walking groups, golf and gardening.
Activities are held at various locations within the City of Whittlesea. There are additional costs for some activities such as coach tours.
Cost: $40 per person or $70 per couple (annual membership fee).
Cost: For more details on casual and membership options, visit Mill Park Leisure Centre website.
Whittlesea Fitness Centre provides a range of classes to benefit all health and age groups, including heartmoves, yoga, pilates and over 60s classes. Membership covers the cost of all classes.
Cost: 1-month membership $150, 3-month membership $295, 6-month membership $495, 12-month membership $795 or $40 per fortnight.
Cost: Concession $2.50.
Community houses and activity centres
Community houses and centres provide a range of services and activities including yoga and Tai Chi: