Physical activity for older adults in Moreland

More people, more active, more often – why?

Regular exercise and physical activity are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age. Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce long-term health benefits. That's why health experts say that older adults should be active every day to maintain their health.Older men playing bocce

In addition, regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that develop as people grow older. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking.

One of the great things about physical activity is that there are so many ways to be active. For example, you can be active in short spurts throughout the day, or you can set aside specific times of the day on specific days of the week to exercise. Many physical activities—such as brisk walking, raking leaves, or taking the stairs whenever you can—are free or low cost and do not require special equipment. 

There are many types of exercise and physical activity and many ways that can suit your lifestyle, interests, health, and budget, whether you're just starting out, getting back to exercising after a break, or fit enough to run a 3 km fun run. Its for everyone - people who are healthy and those who live with an ongoing health problem or disability.

Merri Community Health Service

Merri Community Health Services offers fun and engaging group activities for older people and people with disabilities to help them stay active. They run over 25 Activity Programs every week. Some activities are based at the centre and others are based within the community.

Moreland Road Gardens, Brunswick

Gardening programs run Monday through to Thursday and are based at the Moreland Road, Brunswick site. They are best for people who enjoy gardening and the outdoors. Activities include planting, pruning and growing fruit and vegetables.

Exercise peer support group

Join the ABC – Active Body and Conversation – group

The group currently meets on Wednesday and Friday and includes two hours of health and wellbeing information and gentle exercises.

Heartmoves group

The exercises aim to maintain current physical control, flexibility and confidence. The social component of  the group is aimed at making friends, having fun and discussing topics that are relevant to group members physical and emotional wellbeing.


Heartmoves is a gentle physical activity program run by Heart Foundation accredited trainers. You can exercise at your own pace in a friendly atmosphere. Classes are limited in size to ensure maximum safety for participants.

Regular sessions can help lower blood pressure, improve balance and flexibility, improve sleep, improve bone mineral density, prevent falls and injury from falls.

"I've noticed a change in my upper body...I have an injured shoulder and previously I couldn’t lift my arm to do my hair" Thelma Mauldon, Heartmoves participant.
Merri Community Health Service Centres
Coburg Brunswick West Fawkner
93 Bell Street, Coburg
9388 9933
382-386 Moreland Road, Brunswick West
9386 3575
79 Jukes Road, Fawkner
9357 2444

Keen-Agers Table Tennis

Keen-Agers is a social recreational daytime Table Tennis initiative for older people (55+).Table tennis for older adults

Play is mainly doubles (to maximise availability) in a non competition environment, and the aim is to enjoy gentle exercise and lots of fun with a friendly group.

Keen-Ager sessions run Tuesdays, 9.30 am at Coburg Table Tennis Club. Casual fees of $4 apply per session, includes tea/coffee.

Coburg Table Tennis Club

Ray Kibby Centre
Corner Newlands and Murray Roads, Coburg North
0410 472 006

Leisure Centre programs

Lift for Life

Lift for Life is a unique resistance training program designed for people with or at risk of type 2 diabetes, or at risk of a broad range of chronic conditions such as heart disease and osteoporosis.Older adult weight exercise

Water workout (Aqua seniors)

A great aquatic cardio work-out with the benefits of a low impact session. These classes are set to uplifting music, and designed to improve cardiovascular fitness, strengthen your muscles and is ideal for all types of fitness levels, especially those recovering from injury.

Active Seniors

A group fitness class for older adults who wish to participate in a low impact exercise. The classes offer variety, a great work out within a fabulous social environment.

Living Longer, Living Stronger

A weight training program focusing on improving muscle strength, flexibility and balance. This program is COTA endorsed.

Our Active Moreland leisure centres also offer the Heartmoves program

Find a group fitness class near you.

Heart Foundation walking groups

A number of free Heart Foundation walking groups operate regularly across Moreland. Join a walking group and enjoy being active and meeting new people.

CoburgOlder adults walking dogs

The Coburg walking group undertakes a moderate walking pace. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6.30 pm – meet at 368 Sydney Road, Coburg.

The Harding Street Medical Centre walking group caters for different fitness levels. Tuesdays 6.30 pm – meet at the Medical Centre, 16 Harding Street, Coburg.


Mondays and Fridays 10 am – meet at Glenroy Neighbourhood House, 5B Cromwell Street, Glenroy.


Join the Fawkner Walkers group and enjoy being active and meeting new people. This group caters for different fitness levels. Wednesdays 9 am - meet at Fawkner Community Health Services, 79-83 Jukes Road, Fawkner.


The B-Squares undertake a leisurely walk accommodating all fitness levels. Mondays 6 pm – meet at Barkly Square Shopping Centre, Brunswick.

The Merri Walkers undertake a brisk walking pace and cover approximately 7.5 km. Tuesdays 9.30 am – meet at 93 Bell St, Brunswick.

Run by Brunswick Neighbourhood House, this walking group explores the local Brunswick area. Wednesdays 9.30 am – meet at 18 Garden Street, Brunswick – this walk incurs a small fee.

For additional information on the walking groups use our Find an Activity search or find your own favourite walking trail in Moreland.

Lawn Bowls

Lawn bowls is a very popular sport in Australia, and is accessible to almost everyone. 

As well as being a great form of physical activity, lawn bowls is also a wonderful social activity. You can meet more people in your local area and make new friends. People who take part in lawn bowls develop skills and coordination, which not only improves their fitness, but also helps their confidence and self-esteem. 

Moreland has a number of Lawn Bowls clubs who are always open to new members. New members are welcome to play casually/socially or join in the pennant competition.

Brunswick Bowls ClubLawn Bowls

104 Victoria Street, Brunswick East
9380 1808
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Coburg Moreland Bowls Club

19 Harding Street, Coburg
9354 7980 
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Fawkner Bowls Club

Charles Mutton Reserve
Corner Lorne and Creedon Streets, Fawkner
9359 2268
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Glenroy Bowls Club

Ash Court, Glenroy
9306 5180
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West Coburg Bowls Club

Linsey Street, Coburg
9354 9098
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Gardening is a healthy way of maintaining your fitness and is an activity that can be as strenuous or gentle as you want it to be as you can carry out tasks that suit your capabilities.Older adult gardening

Even if you have a disability or a medical condition which means your gardening activities need to be carefully considered, there are many things you can do, adaptations you can make and specialist equipment you can buy to make gardening accessible to you.

The community gardens have regular working bees and social BBQs. These are great opportunities for gardeners to mingle, share freshly grown produce, swap seeds and pitch in to help maintain the site.

CERES community garden

Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East

Luscombe Street community garden

 43 Luscombe Street, Brunswick.

Merri Corner community garden

194 Donald Street, Brunswick East.

Mulberry Gardens

 Located on the grounds of Box Forest Secondary College, 208 Hilton Street, Glenroy.

PepperTree Place

PepperTree Place is a unique community green space located in the heart of Coburg on the corner of Sydney Road and Bell Street.

West Brunswick Community Garden
Located behind 49 Everett Street, Brunswick West (enter via Everett St through the car park beside the Moreland Child Care Centre)

Garden in company! No need to come every week or stay the whole time or even do any gardening, you can just come along, say hello and sit about and enjoy the view and have a cuppa. Everyone (including children) is welcome.

Weekly meet ups
Fridays, 10 am to 12 pm

Sunday sessions
Every Sunday (except 4th Sunday) 9 am to 12 pm

Garden and gather
A monthly working bee where larger tasks are completed. 4th Sunday of every month 11 am to 3 pm.

Find out more information about the community gardens in Moreland.

Senior's Online Victoria also has a great Activity Directory that can assist older adults with finding a form of physical activity that suits their needs.