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Office: (02) 88775300   Fax: (02) 88775339   Hotline: (02) 88775335 (recorded message on class changes)

Email: [email protected]


About Healthy Lifestyle

Get Fit.Feel Great.Have Fun

Healthy Lifestyle provides low cost and accessible physical activity classes for older adults across Northern Sydney. Courses run during school terms and are held in community venues in the Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, Ryde, Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore areas.


Our exercise leaders are qualified fitness professionals with experience working with older adults.

  • A group of aged men & woman excercising iwth their hands stretched to the front

    Enrolment for Healthy Lifestyle courses is on a term basis. A term fee is charged for all courses to cover costs and some classes require a medical clearance.


    Please refer to How to Enrol for further information and to review our Booking Conditions.

  • Four aged men and women in a pool excercising with their hands stretched above their heads

    Term 4, 2021: Due to on-going COVID-19 restrictions all Term 4 community-based courses have been cancelled.

    Term 1 2022: Scheduled to start Monday, 31st January 2022, pending NSW Government advice and local approvals. Please refer to this website or call our staff in early December for further information.

 Program information

Read below for Healthy Lifestyle enrolment information, course details, rights & responsibilities and COVID-19 information.

 How to enrol

  • ONLY ONE PERSON/CLASS per Enrolment Form.
  • SELECT the course you would like to attend.
  • REVIEW if a Medical Clearance is required for the course. Take the Healthy Lifestyle Medical Clearance Form to your Doctor to complete.
  • READ Healthy Lifestyle Booking Conditions including refunds and cancellations (listed below).
  • COMPLETE the Enrolment Form including emergency contact details.
  • ATTACH completed and signed Medical Clearance Form (if required).
  • COMPLETE and sign the credit card payment details on the Enrolment form or make cheques/money orders payable to: Northern Sydney Local Health District.
  • SUBMIT your completed Enrolment Form, together with the Medical Clearance Form (if required) and the fee (cheque or credit card) by
    • EMAIL to: [email protected]
    • FAX to: 8877 5339
    • POST to: Healthy Lifestyle, Locked Bag 2220, North Ryde, NSW 1670 (DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE MAIL)


Healthy Lifestyle Terms and Conditions

Booking Conditions

  • Enrolments are processed on a first come first serve basis.
  • No re-enrolments (rolling enrolments from term to term) will be offered.
  • You may enrol by email, mail or fax.
  • Receipts and any correspondence is emailed to you after your enrolment has been processed.
  • Some courses require Medical Clearance. Use the medical clearance form provided by Healthy Lifestyle and have it completed by your Doctor. Enrolment for these classes cannot be processed without a signed Medical Clearance. Medical Clearance is only valid per calendar year. New Medical Clearance will be required if your health status changes.
  • Classes are not held on public holidays.
  • Courses vary in duration between 9 and 10 weeks. Please refer to the Term brochure for specific information about course durations before enrolling.
  • All Healthy Lifestyle participants will be COVID-19 screened prior to each class.


Program Conditions

  • By enrolling in our physical activity program you agree to abide by our rules and conditions and to be courteous to other participants, Leaders, guests and venue staff. You are agreeing to be guided by our trained Leaders in participating in our physical activity program chosen by you. You will participate to the best of your ability and advise the Leader of any difficulties or concerns you may have in your participation in the various exercises.
  • By enrolling into a particular class/es within the Healthy Lifestyles physical activity program, you are agreeing:
    • That you are physically able to participate in that class/es.
    •  That you know of no medical or other reason why you cannot or should not participate in that class/es.
    • To provide a signed medical clearance form completed by your doctor, where required.
  • If you believe any of our physical activities performed during the class might risk your health, you must tell the Leader immediately and also in writing (addressed to the Healthy Lifestyle Manager) with full details.
  • You must also tell us immediately if your medical condition changes after you join our physical activity program.
  • Some of our class/es require a medical clearance form signed by your doctor stating that you are fit to participate in a particular class. However it is generally a good idea to consult with your doctor that you are going to participate in Health Lifestyle's physical activity program.
  • As a safeguard to yourself and other participants, you must not participate in the class if you have:
    • Covid-19
    • An infection, contagious illness or condition.
    • Physical ailment, such as tinea, an open cut, sore or wound.
    • Incontinence – for water based classes only.
    • Other risk, however small, to other participants, Leader/s and guests.


Refunds and cancellations

  • Healthy Lifestyle course/class cancellations
    • Healthy Lifestyle reserves the right to determine whether a participant is safe and suitable for the course in which he/she has enrolled.  Where possible, a more suitable course will be offered or a refund will be issued.
    • If Healthy Lifestyle cancels a course and a suitable alternative is not available, a full refund of your course fee will be issued.
    • If Healthy Lifestyle cancels an individual class/es due to leader illness or a venue issue, we will endeavour to find a replacement leader/venue.  If it is not possible to secure a replacement Leader/venue a class refund will be issued.
  • Participant refund requests
    • Healthy Lifestyle does not accept responsibility for participants' non-attendance of classes due to changes in personal or business circumstances/commitments during the term.
    • Healthy Lifestyle is unable to offer make-up classes or credits for non-attended classes.
    • An administration fee of $20 will be charged for all participant refund requests.
      • Participants who withdraw from a course with at least 5 working days' notice before the course begins may request a refund.
      • In the event that you are unwell and unable to attend your class/es a refund may be requested.  Refund requests will be processed for medical reasons only with an accompanying medical certificate.
  • Please allow 4 to 6 weeks processing for all refund types.


 Course descriptions

​Ai Chi

A Medical Clearance is required for this course. Ai Chi classes consist of Tai Chi style movements in warm water (See Warm Water Exercise).


Active Exercise

This is for those wanting a more challenging workout than a Gentle Exercise class. Join us for a comprehensive workout to shape up, tone up and increase your fitness level. Look fit, feel revitalised and move with ease. Some level of fitness and coordination is required as these are not beginners' classes.


Aqua Exercise

Held in community pools with an approximate water temperature of 27 or 28°C and faster pace than warm water exercise. Gentle Pace is suitable for those with joint problems and for beginners. Medium Pace is a faster workout for fitter people in chest deep water that aims to maintain/improve fitness.


Functional Strength & Balance

This class includes exercises that help you perform activities in everyday life more easily. These exercises typically use the whole body i.e. multiple muscles and your body's weight to challenge resistance. The aim is to improve agility, muscle/ bone strength and balance. This class replaces all previous Strength Training classes. Due to COVID-19 restrictions no exercise equipment will be supplied by Healthy Lifestyle.


Participants can choose to bring their own exercise bands and small hand/ankle weights.


Gentle Exercise

Low impact exercise classes (no jumping) to improve cardiovascular, muscle tone and flexibility. Gentle Pace offers low complexity movements including some seated exercise. Easy Pace classes are for those new to exercise or getting back into it. Exercises are low intensity with minimal choreography.


Men's MoveMENt Fitness Class

Taught by a male instructor these circuit style classes challenge your fitness, strength and balance. A great way to meet new mates. Due to COVID-19 restrictions no exercise equipment will be supplied by Healthy Lifestyle.


Participants can choose to bring their own exercise bands and small hand/ankle weights.



A mind-body class using mat exercises to focus on core abdominal/back muscles and posture. Not suitable for those with unstable conditions, bulging discs or osteoporosis. Must be able to get up/down from the floor with ease.


Pulmonary & Heart Failure Maintenance Class

A Medical Clearance is required for this course. Classes are safe for people with stable chronic lung conditions who have completed a pulmonary rehabilitation program and also suitable for people with stable NYHA Class II and III Heart Failure who have completed heart failure rehabilitation. They are also suitable for those using supplemental oxygen and/or walking frames. Each exercise has seated options available.


Exercise professionals who have been specially trained in guiding people with lung disease and heart failure run the classes. All classes follow the guidelines set by The Australian Lung Foundation's Lungs in Action training.


Stretch & Tone

A class particularly suited to those who would like to maintain flexibility and muscle tone. This class is suitable for all fitness levels.


Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a gentle revitalising way to exercise the body and relax the mind. Suitable for most fitness levels. Tai Chi Movements for Arthritis is designed to reduce joint pain and stiffness and improve quality of life. Gentle Tai Chi is a modified form that is easy and enjoyable to learn.


Tone & Balance

Focus on improving muscle tone, strength and balance. Chair supported options provided. Attain better overall mobility and posture.


Upright and Active

A Medical Clearance is required for this course. This is a falls prevention program for less active older adults who have problems with balance and stability. It is tailored to individual needs and includes chair and chair-assisted exercises. Aims to improve the ability to perform daily activities and reduce risk of a fall.


Warm Water Exercise

A Medical Clearance is required for this course. Light classes in a hydrotherapy pool with a water temperature of 30 - 32°C and helpful for arthritis, joint mobility or after joint replacement surgery. If you are new to exercise, you should begin with a Gentle Pace class first. Non-swimmers welcome. Ai Chi is of tai chi style movements in warm water.



Yoga is for everybody regardless of age or fitness level. Stretch, strengthen, energise, improve flexibility and experience wellbeing of body and mind through movement, breathing and relaxation.

 COVID-19 information

​Do not attend class if you are unwell or have any flu like symptoms, are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, have been in contact with a known COVID-19 case or a suspected COVID-19 case.
  • Do not attend if you have been to any known COVID-19 case locations (hotspot). Please seek medical attention and get tested.
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 seek medical assistance and get tested. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
    • Fever 37.5 or higher
    • Cough
    • Sore/scratchy throat
    • Shortness of breath
    • Runny nose
    • Loss of smell
    • Loss of taste
  • Please see the following link to the NSW Government website - COVID-19 information External Link
  • All participants of Healthy Lifestyle classes will be COVID-19 screened upon arrival to class:
    • Case location (hotspots)
    • COVID-19 symptoms
  • All participants of Healthy Lifestyle classes will have their temperature checked.
  • Participants arriving to class meeting any of the following conditions will be advised they cannot participate in the class, advised to seek immediate medical attention and get tested for COVID-19:
  • Unwell
  • Have a temperature of 37.5 or above
  • Have attend a known hotspot
  • Healthy Lifestyle will only be using venues with COVID-19 Safety Plans

Limited places are available in some classes/venues due to distancing guidelines.

 Rights and responsibilities

​Your Rights as a Participant


You have the right to:

  • be treated with care, consideration and dignity
  • receive services that take into account your cultural and religious beliefs, values and traditions
  • be informed about the details of the Healthy Lifestyle Program to be delivered and any fees to be charged
  • have information about the Healthy Lifestyle Program imparted in a manner which is understandable to you and that is accurate and consistent
  • be able to discuss any relevant topic within the group and to have your opinions treated with respect and confidentiality by the leader
  • expect that reasonable care will be taken and that a physically safe environment, (including premises, equipment and organisation of activities) will be established in which courses will be delivered
  • have programs delivered in a professional manner consistent with the aims and objectives of the program
  • be informed of and have access to other services offered by the Health Promotion Unit
  • ask questions and have questions answered
  • have all personal information and records kept confidential unless the law requires otherwise
  • be informed of the complaints procedure by leader
  • make a complaint, have your complaint investigated and receive a prompt reply to your complaint
  • refuse to be involved in research projects
  • be fully informed about any research or study in which you have agreed to be involved
  • be informed of health resources in the community
  • the services of a qualified interpreter, provided by the Department of Health, to assist you in understanding the services we offer.



Your Responsibilities as a Participant


You have a responsibility to Healthy Lifestyle to:

  • be considerate and respectful towards other participants and our staff and to treat them with dignity
  • read information that is forwarded to you eg 'Safety Guidelines' answer questions about your health frankly and honestly, inform the leaders if you are not going to follow program and accept responsibility for this decision
  • support all occupational health and safety initiatives developed to maintain your health and safety
  • comply with reasonable requests from staff in relation to occupational health and safety matters
  • comply with reasonable directives, given by leaders in groups, that relate to the subject being presented.


To receive more information on your rights or assistance to resolve your concerns contact:
Healthy Lifestyle
Locked Bag 2220
North Ryde, NSW 1670
Phone: (02) 8877 5300
Fax: (02) 8877 5339
Email: [email protected]

 Other exercise resources

​If you are unable to attend your regular exercise program with us, there are a range of other resources that may assist you to keep active and safe in the meantime.


Visit our Active Ageing Resources page for more information.