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.

This program is facilitated by Ashley Williams, OT Reg (ON)
Ashley is a registered Occupational Therapist and Certified Seniors Fitness Instructor.  Ashley is originally from Bay Bulls, NL and enjoys traditional Newfoundland music and dancing the occasional “Newfie Jig”!

What to Expect:

The Community Exercise and Lifestyle program includes weekly exercise classes, monthly healthy lifestyle information sessions as well as seasonal healthy lifestyle challenges and social events.

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.

How to participate:

The program is free and is open to all patients and community members, regardless of age or ability.

For more information or to register, please call 613-279-2100 or email us at
Class Type 
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.


Community Exercise 2019/20 Schedule
9:30am-10:30am: Medium-high intensity
10:45 am-11:45am: Medium-high intensity


Community Exercise poster updated July 2019