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.

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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
October 2019

Eat Wise & Socialise

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

 

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

 

Sarah Howells


Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

 

5pm – 6pm

Wednesday 16 October

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 16 October

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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.

5:00pm - 6:10pm & 6:20pm - 7:30pm

Saturday 19 October

Eat Wise & Socialise

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

10:45am-11:45am

Monday 21 October

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 23 October

Eat Wise & Socialise

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

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

 

 

Sarah Howells

Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

 

5pm – 6pm

Wednesday 23 October

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 26 October

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 28 October

Eat Wise & Socialise

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

 

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

 

Sarah Howells


Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

 

5pm – 6pm

Wednesday 30 October

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

11.00 - 12.00 noon

Wednesday 30 October

November 2019

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 02 November

Eat Wise & Socialise

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 04 November

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, Co Durham SR8 3EX

Mick Killeen

Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

11.00 - 12.00 noon

Wednesday 06 November

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 09 November

Eat Wise and Socialise

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 11 November

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 16 November

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 23 November

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 30 November

December 2019

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 07 December

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 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 14 December

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
October 2019

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 17 October

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 17 October

Bridging The Gap

Healthy Lifestyle group

Bridging the gap between Cardiac Rehab Phase 3 and Phase 4.

Advice and support on healthy eating, physical activity and improving your lifestyle.

Referral is via Cardiac Rehab

Every Thursday for 8 weeks starting 5th September

The Venue

Stanley Day Centre, Wear Rd, Stanley DH9 6LU

David Blythe

07919 625 747

0800 8766 887

Every Thursday for 8 weeks starting 5th September

12:00 - 13:30

Thursday 17 October

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 24 October

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 24 October

Bridging The Gap

Healthy Lifestyle group

Bridging the gap between Cardiac Rehab Phase 3 and Phase 4.

Advice and support on healthy eating, physical activity and improving your lifestyle.

Referral is via Cardiac Rehab

Every Thursday for 8 weeks starting 5th September

The Venue

Stanley Day Centre, Wear Rd, Stanley DH9 6LU

David Blythe

07919 625 747

0800 8766 887

Every Thursday for 8 weeks starting 5th September

12:00 - 13:30

Thursday 24 October

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