Community Exercise

The goal of the Community Exercise and Lifestyle program is to improve the overall health of our community by increasing physical activity and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.

This program began in 2009 to promote physical activity and wellness in older adults in our community.  Over the years, many community members in Sharbot Lake and the surrounding area have participated in the program and have experienced great health benefits including greater strength, endurance, balance, a greater sense of connection to the community, as well as many other health benefits.
The Community Exercise and Lifestyle program includes weekly fitness classes, monthly healthy lifestyle information sessions, as well as, seasonal healthy lifestyle challenges and social events.

This program is facilitated by Ashley Williams, OT Reg (ON)

Ashley is a registered Occupational Therapist and Certified Seniors Fitness Instructor.  She graduated from Queen’s University with an MScOT and has been practicing at the SLFHT since 2014.  Ashley is originally from Bay Bulls, NL and enjoys traditional Newfoundland music and dancing the occasional “Newfie Jig”!

Fitness Class Description & Schedule

The fitness classes are delivered based on the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) Seniors Fitness Instructor Certification (SFIC) curriculum and guidelines.  This includes cardiorespiratory exercise, strength training, balance training, and stretching.   For more information about the CCAA and/or SFIC please click here.
Classes are held in the Community Room on the lower level of the Sharbot Lake Medical Centre, located at 1005 Medical Centre Road.  Classes run from September until the end of June.

Class Types 
Medium-high intensity:60 minute class that involves at least 30 minutes of continuous standing exercises followed by a mix of standing and sitting strength training, balance training and stretching.
Low intensity chair based:45 minute class where most of all exercises are done while seated with little or no standing required. Includes cardiorespiratory, coordination, strength and stretching exercises

Please feel free to speak with Ashley Williams, the instructor to decide which class is best for you

Seniors Exercise 2018/19 Schedule 
9:30am-10:30am: Medium-high intensity9:30am-10:30am: Medium-high intensity
10:45 am-11:45am: Medium-high intensity10:45 am-11:45am: Medium-high intensity
12noon-12:45pm: Low intensity chair