Exercise programs for seniors

No matter your fitness level, we have an exercise program to suit you.

There are many benefits of exercise for seniors. For the individual it means:

  • an increase in fitness and flexibility,
  • reduce the risk of illness and major diseases,
  • helps to strengthen bones,
  • provides mental stimulation, reducing the risk of dementia,
  • reduce the risk of falls,
  • provides a method of socialising, helping to reduce loneliness and depression while increasing confidence.

The City of Adelaide recognises these benefits and provides a range of low-cost, low-impact, exercise programs developed especially with Seniors in mind. These are available through the Community Centres located across Adelaide and North Adelaide.

Please note: we highly recommend you consult your doctor before commencing any physical activity program.

Easy Moves exercise class

Easy Moves is a gentle chair-based physical activity for seniors. The exercises help maintain strength, flexibility and balance, as well as improving general fitness and wellbeing. The classes are led by a qualified instructor and are a great way to make new friends! Medical clearance is required.

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“The first year I was hopeless,” said Meirwen. “I couldn’t lift my legs high at all. But recently I could do all the exercises the doctor told me: legs out straight, push against this, push against that. He said, ‘You’re pretty strong, aren’t you?’ I can walk all the way from the dental clinic to my house with my walker and my kids say, ‘How on earth …?’ It’s because of the fitness classes!”
Meirwen, 92, Easy Moves exercise class participant

Strength for Life

Strength for Life provides functional exercise sessions which relate to everyday activities. You’ll be supervised as you perform strength training with a focus on posture, balance and core control. All participants are required to complete Strength for Life forms before booking an assessment.

Held at: Adelaide Aquatic Centre on various mornings throughout the week. View more details of the Strength for Life class. 

Fit4Fun

Fit4Fun is a weekly, small–group exercise program for women aged 50 to 70 years plus. Join to get healthy and to meet people in your local area.

Bookings must be made through the Community Centre. Please enter via laneway.

Held at: North Adelaide Community Centre: Thursdays 9:30 to 10:30am.

Pilates for beginners

Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise with emphasis on flexibility and muscle strength, in particular, core strength. It has been shown to improve balance. Pilates for Beginners is a basic class aimed at older people and beginners. Classes include a short relaxation and meditation component.

Held at: Adelaide South West Community Centre: Wednesdays 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

Please bring a mat and towel. (some mats are available to borrow at the community centre upon request)

Heart Foundation Walking

Walking is a fun, free and easy way to feel happy and healthy. Held in conjunction with the Heart Foundation, regular walks depart from the front of the Library, subject to the weather. Come along and meet new friends and boost your health.

Held at: North Adelaide Community Centre, Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11am.

Need more information?

Please contact the respective Community Centre:

Adelaide South West Community Centre – 8203 7801

Box Factory Community Centre – 8203 7749

North Adelaide Community Centre – 8203 7811