Active Living: Physical Activity Programs for the Over 50s

Participation in regular physical activity has many physical and social benefits for people of all ages.  Physical activity plays a major role in preventing falls, with balance training being an essential component of exercising for people aged 50 and over. 

NSW Health has developed the Active and Healthy web-based directory of physical activity programs which include balance and strength exercises and are suitable people aged 50 and over.

If you are a fitness provider who is currently offering classes which cater for people aged 50 and over, we recommend you list details of each of your classes on this FREE website

Active Over 50

The  'Active Over 50' program is designed to help people aged 50 and over to lead a healthy and more active lifestyle. Classes carrying the Active Over 50 logo have been developed specifically for people aged 50 and over, are low cost and are provided by trained fitness instructors. There is something to suit everyone and classes include gentle exercise, aqua aerobics, Tai Chi and more.

Active Over 50 classes will help people to improve their balance, strength, fitness and flexibility, and stay fit, healthy and independent for life. Balance training is an essential element of exercising for people aged 50 and over, which is incorporated into most Active Over 50 classes. 

For more information about Active Over 50 classes in the Hunter region and Lower Mid North Coast call call the Referral Information Centre on 4924 2590, or visit the NSW Health Active and Healthy website.


The Heartmoves exercise program specifically addresses the needs of people with existing heart disease or risk factors for heart disease, however, is also ideal for people with diabetes, arthritis, lung and chest conditions, and those with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, and depression.  

Heartmoves is suitable for people who need to exercise at a safe, low-moderate intensity.  

Heartmoves offers classes throughout the Hunter region and in some areas within New England. 

Find out more about Heartmoves classes and where they are located.