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 needs 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.

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Useful Apps

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Couch to 5K running plan

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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
January 2018

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

Friday 26 January

February 2018

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

Friday 02 February

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

Friday 09 February

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

Friday 16 February

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

Friday 23 February

March 2018

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

Friday 02 March

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

Friday 09 March

Artworks

Are you interested in having fun and learning or improving your art skills?  Why not come along to our friendly group, all abilities welcome.  Over 18’s only.

£5.00 per month venue/tutor charge.

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

Healthworks Reception

0191 372 8710

1pm-4pm

Wednesday 21 March

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
December 2017

Eat Wise and Exercise

Do you want to lose weight, improve your Well-being and self-esteem? Make positive changes to last a lifetime. Why not pop along to our new Eat Wise Drop a Size group for some FREE help, advice and support

This is a FREE session where everyone is welcome.

 

Hamsteels Community Centre

Western Avenue

Esh Winning

DH7 9LS

Steven Brown

Every Tuesday

07919 625 747

0800 8766 887

11:00 - 12:00

Tuesday 19 December

Eat Wise and Exercise

Do you want to lose weight, improve your Well-being and self-esteem? Make positive changes to last a lifetime. Why not pop along to our new Eat Wise Drop a Size group for some FREE help, advice and support

This is a FREE session where everyone is welcome.

 

Delves Lane

Village Hall

Consett

DH8 7BH

 

Wendy Schofield Marlowe

Every Wednesday for 8 Weeks

07825196656

0800 8766 887

14:30 - 16:00

Wednesday 20 December

January 2018

Eat Wise and Exercise

Do you want to lose weight, improve your Well-being and self-esteem? Make positive changes to last a lifetime. Why not pop along to our new Eat Wise Drop a Size group for some FREE help, advice and support

This is a FREE session where everyone is welcome.

Hamsteels Comnunity Centre

Western Avenue

Esh Winning

DH7 9LS

Steven Brown

Every Tuesday

11:00 - 12:30

Tuesday 09 January

Eatwise

Do you want to lose weight?

Improve your well-being and self-esteem.

Make positive changes.

General weekly support and guidance around diet, physical activity and weight management. This is a FREE session where everyone is welcome.

Dipton Community Centre

Jubilee Centre

Stanley

DH9 9DR

 

Steven Brown

Every Wednesday

07919625747

0800 8766 887

10:30 - 12:30

Wednesday 10 January

Eatwise

Do you want to lose weight?

Improve your well-being and self-esteem.

Make positive changes.

General weekly support and guidance around diet, physical activity and weight management. This is a FREE session where everyone is welcome.

Dipton Community Centre

Jubilee Centre

Stanley

DH9 9DR

Steven Brown

Every Wednesday

07919625747

0800 8766 887

10:30 - 12:30

Wednesday 17 January

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