Be More Active

Many of us aren't too keen on the idea of exercise. It might be that we’re too busy or we simply can’t face the thought of it.

But most people are not getting the amount of activity they need to stay healthy. Only 1 in 20 people are actually doing the right kind of activity they need each week. And sitting down for hours – maybe at work, watching TV or playing computer games – can also increase the risk of poor health.

The Wellbeing for Life team can support you to become more active. Building activity into your day keeps your heart healthy, reduces your risk of serious illness and strengthens muscles and bones. It can also be a great way of reducing your stress levels and lifting your mood if you’re feeling down.

Did you know?

  • Adults need to be active for at least 150 minutes each week

Don’t worry, you don’t have to get your old tracksuit out or squeeze into Lycra gym wear – not unless you want you. If the thought of exercise fills you with fear then our team can help you find the right activity for you.

For adults, it can seem hard to fit activity in to a busy schedule. Working and looking after the rest of the family and the home can mean there isn’t much free time. And sometimes activity can seem expensive too – but it doesn’t have to be as there are loads of things you can do for free. Walking is underrated as a form of exercise, but it’s one of the easiest ways to get more activity into your day, lose weight and become healthier for free. To gain the health benefits, aim to walk 10,000 steps a day, burning up to 400 calories. To keep track of your walking, use a pedometer.

It’s not just about feeling stronger, fitter and more energetic. You can also get a great sense of achievement if you decide to learn to dance or take up a new sport, and you’ll feel loads more confident too.

Being active means getting your heart rate up, feeling warmer (perhaps even breaking into a light sweat) and making your lungs work harder.

Being active is all about having fun. If we don’t enjoy it, we won’t keep it up. We all deserve to spend some time doing something we enjoy.  Maybe take up an active hobby such as dancing or walking. The good news is that once you get started it’s easy to keep going. It doesn’t have to be something you do by yourself, it can be fun with friends and family and a great way to meet new people too.

Get in touch on 0800 8766887

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"Elizabeth lost just over half a stone while working with myself. This in turn increased her confidence."

Useful Videos

10-Minute Upper Body Tone

10-Minute Easy Lower Body Workout

10-Minute Strength and Cardio Workout

Quick 6-Minute Core Workout

Useful Apps

Couch to 5K running plan

Couch to 5K running plan

This audio running plan will guide you from couch to running 5K or (30 minutes) in just nine weeks. Download the podcasts and simply follow the audio instructions.

Strength and flexibility podcasts

Strength and flexibility podcasts

Fancy a free personal trainer? Download these free podcasts designed to guide you through a five week plan of exercises to improve your strength and flexibility.

Couch to 5K+ running podcasts

Couch to 5K+ running podcasts

Take your running to the next level with these podcasts designed for graduates of the Couch to 5K plan. Through a mix of coaching and music with a beat to run to, the podcasts focus on improving your speed and stamina.

Upcoming events

Events in East Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
August 2018

Eat Wise & Socialise

Come for  free friendly support, weigh in and healthy lifestyle advice. Everyone who completes the session each week receives one free entry to a gym session or exercise class for that week. Tea, coffee and a chat before each session.

Life @Coxhoe

Linden Grove, Coxhoe, DH6 4DW.

 

Shaun Gooch

0191 377 1789

 

9am-11am

Tuesday 21 August

Exercise After Stroke

Do you feel the need to get out and meet new people? Need some exercise? If this is you come along to our sessions on a Wednesday and Friday

 

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Mick Killeen




Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

Wednesdays and Fridays –1:30pm - 2:30pm

Wednesday 22 August

Chairobics

Improve your fitness and mobility in our fun, chair-based exercise class.  All abilities welcome, over 18’s only.  £1.00 tutor/venue charge

 

 

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Mick Killeen

Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

11am-12pm

Wednesday 22 August

Eat Wise to Drop a Size

Drop in for free friendly support, weigh in and meal planning advice.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

 

 

Tracy Usher & Sarah Howells

Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

 

5pm – 6:30pm

Wednesday 22 August

East Durham Connect

Come along and help us create a community sensory garden.

Develop or learn new skills as you enjoy the fresh air.

 

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Will Maddison

Will Maddison, 07768917571

 

1pm - 5pm (every Thursday))

Thursday 23 August

Eat Wise to Drop a Size

Drop in for free friendly support, weigh in and meal planning advice.

 

Shotton Community Centre, Bridge Rd, Shotton Colliery, Durham DH6 2PQ

 

Jordan Coils




Shotton Community Centre – 0191 520 8110

9:30am – 11:30am

Thursday 23 August

Exercise After Stroke

Do you feel the need to get out and meet new people? Need some exercise? If this is you come along to our sessions on a Wednesday and Friday

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

 

 

Mick Killeen

Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

 

Wednesdays and Fridays –1:30pm - 2:30pm

Friday 24 August

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £2.50 tutor/venue charge

 

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Jan Burnham




To book your place, please ring Healthworks Reception on Monday morning after 8:30am – 0191 372 8710

9:30am-10:30am

Saturday 25 August

Eat Wise & Socialise

Come for  free friendly support, weigh in and healthy lifestyle advice. Everyone who completes the session each week receives one free entry to a gym session or exercise class for that week. Tea, coffee and a chat before each session.

Active Life @Coxhoe

Linden Grove, Coxhoe, DH6 4DW.

 

Shaun Gooch

0191 377 1789

 

9am-11am

Tuesday 28 August

Exercise After Stroke

Do you feel the need to get out and meet new people? Need some exercise? If this is you come along to our sessions on a Wednesday and Friday

 

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Mick Killeen




Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

Wednesdays and Fridays –1:30pm - 2:30pm

Wednesday 29 August

Chairobics

Improve your fitness and mobility in our fun, chair-based exercise class.  All abilities welcome, over 18’s only.  £1.00 tutor/venue charge

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

 

 

Mick Killeen

Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

11am-12pm

Wednesday 29 August

Eat Wise to Drop a Size

Drop in for free friendly support, weigh in and meal planning advice.

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

 

Tracy Usher & Sarah Howells


Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

 

5pm – 6:30pm

Wednesday 29 August

East Durham Connect

Come along and help us create a community sensory garden.

Develop or learn new skills as you enjoy the fresh air.

 

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Will Maddison

Will Maddison, 07768917571

 

1pm - 5pm (every Thursday))

Thursday 30 August

Exercise After Stroke

Do you feel the need to get out and meet new people? Need some exercise? If this you come along to our sessions on a Wednesday and Friday

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Mick Killeen

Healthworks Reception

0191 372 8710

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Friday 31 August

September 2018

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £2.50 tutor/venue charge

 

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Jan Burnham






To book your place, please ring Healthworks Reception on Monday morning after 8:30am – 0191 372 8710.

9:30am-10:30am

Saturday 01 September

Eat Wise to Drop a Size

Drop in for free friendly support, weigh in and meal planning advice.

Wingate Community Centre, 55 Front Street, Wingate, County Durham TS28 5LQ

Sarah Howells

01429 836092

10:15am-11:15am

Monday 03 September

Exercise After Stroke

Do you feel the need to get out and meet new people? Need some exercise? If this is you come along to our sessions on a Wednesday and Friday

 

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Mick Killeen




Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

Wednesdays and Fridays –1:30pm - 2:30pm

Wednesday 05 September

Eat Wise to Drop a Size

 Drop in for free friendly support, weigh in and meal planning advice.

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

 

Tracy Usher & Sarah Howells


Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

 

5pm – 6:30pm

Wednesday 05 September

Chairobics

Improve your fitness and mobility in our fun, chair-based exercise class.  All abilities welcome, over 18’s only.  £1.00 tutor/venue charge

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Mick Killeen

Healthworks Reception

0191 372 8710

11am - 12pm

Wednesday 05 September

Eat Wise to Drop a Size

Drop in for free friendly support, weigh in and meal planning advice.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Tracy Usher & Sarah Howells

Healthworks Reception

0191 372 8710

5pm - 6:30pm

Wednesday 05 September

Events in South West Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
August 2018

Group Exercise in Weardale

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people

This is a FREE group for any level or ability.

Gentle CircuitsMondays 09:30 to 10:30 Stanhope Community Centre and Thursdays 11:30 to 12:30 St Johns Chapel Village Hall

Supported Gym Session – Mondays 11:00 to 12:00 St Johns Chapel Village Hall

Seated Exercise – Tuesdays 09:30 to 10:30 Wolsingham Town Hall

Aerobic Exercise–  Tuesdays 11:00 to 12:00 Frosterley Village Hall

Gentle Exercise – Thursdays 13:00 – 14:00 Willington Methodist Church

 

Ways to Wellbeing

You can join an activity by contacting the Ways to Wellbeing team for further information and advice on opportunities available in your area, including free taster sessions.

You need to register before attending and an introductory visit can be arranged by calling 03000 262 539 or emailing waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

Various

Tuesday 21 August

Free Health Walks

Short walks in the community with a walk leader. Each walk is between 30 and 90 minutes.

The Ladder Centre, Ferryhill – Monday 10:00 – 11:00

Bishop Auckland Town Hall – Thursday 10:15 to 11:45

Ways to Wellbeing

Contact the Ways to Wellbeing team for further information and advice on opportunities available in your area.

Please register before attending by calling 03000 262 539 or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

Various

Thursday 23 August

Supported Swimming

An informal swimming session for adults who need a little extra support to participate. Help can be provided at reception, in the changing rooms, and in the pool if required. Pool wheelchairs are available for use by prior arrangement.

Sessions take place weekly excluding school holidays

Spennymoor Leisure Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Only £2.80 per session

Contact the Ways to Wellbeing Team for further information and advice on opportunities available in your area, including free taster sessions.

Telephone 03000 262 539 or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

14:45 - 15:30

Friday 24 August

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
August 2018

Stepping up to Wellbeing

Gentle seated exercise for 45 mins and a free cupper for People living with Long Term Health Conditions.

You must be referred into the group; Please contact Team Lead or office for more information.

Community Room

Tesco Consett

Genesis Way, Consett

DH8 5XP

Susan Ashall

07833 482 316

0800 8766 887

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks

13:15 - 15:00

Tuesday 21 August

Seated exercise group

This session involves the delivery of a seated exercise programme to improve mobility and help clients to increase functionality and ultimately the ability to perform everyday tasks. Clients are encouraged to work to their own level of ability and there is an emphasis on FUN!

(This group is now full. However if this is something that you would be interested in please contact us on 0800 8766 887)

Beamish Court

Beamish St, Stanley DH9 8BJ

Julie Stobbart

07717 320 074

0800 8766 887

Runs every other Tuesday

10:30 - 11:30

Tuesday 21 August

Walking Group

Walking is free and one of the easiest ways to become more active, lose weight and become healthier.

Meet at the venue to take in local areas bring comfortable footwear, waterproofs and water.

Quaking Houses Village Hall

Second Street

Stanley

DH9 7HQ

Diane Taylor, Dennis Patterson & Rob Green

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07789 486 736

0800 8766 887

10:30 - 12:00

Thursday 23 August

Men’s Group

Catered for Men, come and find out how to improve your health, happiness and overall quality of life.

Including games and trips out with like-minded people.

Delves Lane Village Hall

Consett

DH87BH

Wendy Scofield Marlowe

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07825 196 656

13:30 - 15:00

Thursday 23 August

Pick and Mix

with the Breast Cancer Friendship Group

Our Pick and Mix groups allow different topics of our service to be explored over a series of weeks to help develop your health, wellbeing & resilience.

It will include approaches to healthy eating, developing an active lifestyle and ways to destress. After which you can decide which area of your wellbeing you would like to concentrate on to give you a better general regime.

(Closed group)

(This group is now full. However if this is something that you would be interested in please contact the lead staff member or admin on 0800 8766 887)

St Patricks Church Hall

Victoria Rd, Consett DH8 5AX

Wendy Scofield Marlowe

07825 196 656

0800 8766 887

Every Friday for 6 weeks

10:30 - 12:00

Friday 24 August

Stepping up to Wellbeing

Gentle seated exercise for 45 mins and a free cupper for People living with Long Term Health Conditions.

You must be referred into the group; Please contact Team Lead or office for more information.

Community Room

Tesco Consett

Genesis Way, Consett

DH8 5XP

Susan Ashall

07833 482 316

0800 8766 887

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks

13:15 - 15:00

Tuesday 28 August

Men’s Group

Catered for Men, come and find out how to improve your health, happiness and overall quality of life.

Including games and trips out with like-minded people.

Delves Lane Village Hall

Consett

DH87BH

Wendy Scofield Marlowe

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07825 196 656

13:30 - 15:00

Thursday 30 August

Walking Group

Walking is free and one of the easiest ways to become more active, lose weight and become healthier.

Meet at the venue to take in local areas bring comfortable footwear, waterproofs and water.

Quaking Houses Village Hall

Second Street

Stanley

DH9 7HQ

Diane Taylor, Dennis Patterson & Rob Green

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07789 486 736

0800 8766 887

10:30 - 12:00

Thursday 30 August

September 2018

Seated exercise group

This session involves the delivery of a seated exercise programme to improve mobility and help clients to increase functionality and ultimately the ability to perform everyday tasks. Clients are encouraged to work to their own level of ability and there is an emphasis on FUN!

(This group is now full. However if this is something that you would be interested in please contact us on 0800 8766 887)

Beamish Court

Beamish St, Stanley DH9 8BJ

Julie Stobbart

07717 320 074

0800 8766 887

Runs every other Tuesday

10:30 - 11:30

Tuesday 04 September

Stepping up to Wellbeing

Gentle seated exercise for 45 mins and a free cupper for People living with Long Term Health Conditions.

You must be referred into the group; Please contact Team Lead or office for more information.

Community Room

Tesco Consett

Genesis Way, Consett

DH8 5XP

Susan Ashall

07833 482 316

0800 8766 887

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks

13:15 - 15:00

Tuesday 04 September

Men’s Group

Catered for Men, come and find out how to improve your health, happiness and overall quality of life.

Including games and trips out with like-minded people.

Delves Lane Village Hall

Consett

DH87BH

Wendy Scofield Marlowe

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07825 196 656

13:30 - 15:00

Thursday 06 September

Walking Group

Walking is free and one of the easiest ways to become more active, lose weight and become healthier.

Meet at the venue to take in local areas bring comfortable footwear, waterproofs and water.

Quaking Houses Village Hall

Second Street

Stanley

DH9 7HQ

Diane Taylor, Dennis Patterson & Rob Green

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07789 486 736

0800 8766 887

10:30 - 12:00

Thursday 06 September

Men’s Group

Catered for Men, come and find out how to improve your health, happiness and overall quality of life.

Including games and trips out with like minded people.

Delves Lane Village Hall

Consett

DH8 7BH

Wendy Scofield Marlowe

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07825196656

 

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Thursday 13 September

Walking Group

Walking is free and one of the easiest ways to become more active, lose weight and become healthier. Meet at the venue to take in local areas bring comfortable footwear, waterproofs and water.

Quaking Houses Village Hall

Second Street

Stanley

DH9 7HQ

Diane Taylor

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07789 486 736

0800 8766 887

10:30 - 12:00

Thursday 13 September

Seated exercise group

This session involves the delivery of a seated exercise programme to improve mobility and help clients to increase functionality and ultimately the ability to perform everyday tasks. Clients are encouraged to work to their own level of ability and there is an emphasis on FUN!

(This group is now full. However if this is something that you would be interested in please contact us on 0800 8766 887)

Beamish Court

Beamish St, Stanley DH9 8BJ

Julie Stobbart

07717 320 074

0800 8766 887

Runs every other Tuesday

10:30 - 11:30

Tuesday 18 September

Men’s Group

Catered for Men, come and find out how to improve your health, happiness and overall quality of life.

Including games and trips out with like-minded people.

Delves Lane Village Hall

Consett

DH8 7BH

Wendy Scofield Marlowe

07825196656

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07825196656

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Thursday 20 September

Walking Group

Walking is free and one of the easiest ways to become more active, lose weight and become healthier. Meet at the venue to take in local areas, bring comfortable footwear, waterproofs and water.

Quaking Houses Village Hall

Second Street

Stanley

DH9 7HQ

Diane Taylor

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07789 486 736

0800 8766 887

10:30 - 12:00

Thursday 20 September

Walking Group

Walking is free and one of the easiest ways to become more active, lose weight and become healthier. meet at the venue to take in local areas. Bring comfortable footwear, waterproofs and water.

Quaking Houses Village Hall

Second Street

Stanley

DH9 7HQ

Diane Taylor

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07789 486 736

0800 8766 887

10:30 - 12:00

Thursday 27 September

Men’s Group

Catered for Men, come and find out how to improve your health, happiness and overall quality of life.

Including games and trips out with like-minded people.

Delves Lane Village Hall

Consett

DH87BH

Wendy Scofield Marlowe

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07825 196 656

13:30 - 15:00

Thursday 27 September

October 2018

Seated exercise group

This session involves the delivery of a seated exercise programme to improve mobility and help clients to increase functionality and ultimately the ability to perform everyday tasks. Clients are encouraged to work to their own level of ability and there is an emphasis on FUN!

(This group is now full. However if this is something that you would be interested in please contact us on 0800 8766 887)

Beamish Court

Beamish St, Stanley DH9 8BJ

Julie Stobbart

07717 320 074

0800 8766 887

Runs every other Tuesday

10:30 - 11:30

Tuesday 02 October

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