Move It

Living Stronger Strength-Based Exercise Programs


The Move It Living Stronger project aims to support people aged 65+ years to become more active.

Why Get Involved?

Regular physical activity is known to:

  • support cardiovascular health
  • help maintain weight
  • slow the progress of chronic disease
  • reduce the risks of falls

Group exercise also has important mental health benefits – it improves our connections to community, while promoting a general sense of wellbeing.

Put simply, regular physical activity can improve your quality of life, so come and join us! The first two sessions are free, then each session is $5.00 per week.


Information about the Programs

Harcourt: Strength & Balance, Gym-Style

Led by Carl Harris

Where: Harcourt Bowling Club

Times: Tuesdays: 9.30 – 11.00 am (tea & chat after session) & Fridays: 9.30 – 10.30 am

These classes focus on increasing your strength and improving your balance with a strong emphasis on good posture. Together as a group you will practice a range of muscle-strengthening exercises for arms, shoulders, chest, back, tummy and legs. The focus of Carl’s work is about creating a friendly atmosphere where exercise is both enjoyable and accessible for people of all abilities.


Maldon & Castlemaine: Functional Fitness & Strength program
Led by Miranda Foyster and Deb Capp

Where: Botanic Gardens tearooms, Botanic Gardens, Castlemaine

Times: Wednesdays: 9.00 am – 10.30 am (tea & chat after session) & Fridays: 9.00 am – 10.30 am


Where: Maldon Community Centre, Francis St, Maldon

Times: Tuesdays: 9.00 am – 10.30 am (tea & chat after session) & Thursdays: 9.00 am – 10.30 am

Designed especially for older adults to improve strength, function and balance in a fun and supportive environment. Renew your zest for life and gain confidence through individually tailored exercise in a group format, closely supervised by an exercise physiologist. This evidence-based program is something different, so bring an open mind and be ready to be surprised by your abilities!



Castlemaine: Movement with Ease program

Led by Mandy Field

Where: Castlemaine Goods Shed in Kennedy St, near the railway station

Times: Tuesdays 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm; & Thursdays 1.30 – 3.00 (tea & chat after session).

These sessions will introduce movement and mobility, balance and coordination tasks, and will show you can achieve your personal fitness goals through breath, laughter and a sense of play,. All activities can be adapted to suit your abilities and level of comfort, with seats and other supportive equipment used throughout. Drawing on movement practice, gentle stretching and some theatre games, sessions will support you to feel confident to practice activities within your everyday routine.


Please contact CHIRP to register and book your place PH: (03) 5479 1000
or email Julie Gittus: or phone 0438 459 501.


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