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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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 2019

Couch to 5k

Mix of running and walking to gradually build your fitness. Booking required. Free

Easington Colliery Former Pit car Park (Off Seaside Lane) Abbot Street

Ways to Wellbeing Team

Tel 03000 262 539

Email: waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

Website: www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

 

 

10:30-11:30am

Monday 19 August

Walking Football

Walking Football is a slower version of the game; it’s football at a walking pace. Adults all over the country have begun playing the game of Walking Football for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer.  It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into fitness.

Cost – £3:00

Peterlee Pavilion, 7-12 Helford Rd, Peterlee SR8 1ER

 

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

7:30pm-8:30pm

Monday 19 August

Walking Netball

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it’s netball at a walking pace. Adults all over the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into fitness.

 

Cost – £3:00

Seaham Leisure Centre, The Recreation Ground, Deneside, Seaham, County Durham, SR7 8NP

 

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

7:30pm-8:30pm

Monday 19 August

Walk Durham

Short Led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes. No booking required. Wednesdays.Free

Seaham Harbour Marina

 

Ways to Wellbeing Team

1:00-2:30pm

Wednesday 21 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 21 August

Couch 5K

Mix of running and walking to gradually build your fitness. Booking required. Free

Seaham Harbour Marina


Ways to Wellbeing Team

1:00-2:30pm

Wednesday 21 August

Walk Durham

Short Led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes. No booking required. Wednesdays.

Seaham, Durham County Council Spectrum 8, Main Entrance

Ways to Wellbeing Team

Tel 03000 262 539
Email: waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk
Website: www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

12:00-12:30pm

Wednesday 21 August

Walk Durham – Health Walks

Short led walks in the local community. Each walks between 30-90 minutes. No booking required. Free

 

Castle Eden Dene nature Reserve, Peterlee

 

Ways to Wellbeing 03000262539

10.30 - 12.00pm

Thursday 22 August

Better Fit

FREE 8 week programme commencing Thursday 25 July 2019.

Do your talk to your friends and they tell you how they are getting fit through the gym to do spinning, Metafit or boot camp?

Does this fill you with dread? Here at Healthworks we are offering Better Fit – a free programme which will introduce you to the gym and its equipment, build your confidence, working at your pace in a fun and comfortable environment.

We will provide you with the tools which can improve your physical and mental wellbeing. This will be a small private group, led by an experienced trainer.

If you are interested in this programme you will need to complete a gym eligibility form which you can do at reception or over the telephone on 0191 372 8710. Once completed and signed off you can enrol on the programme and start your pathway to fitness!

Our café Juiceworks will be open from 9am if you want to call first for a free tea or coffee.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sue Collins

Healthworks Reception on 0191 372 8710

2pm-3pm

Thursday 22 August

Walk Durham – Health Walks

 

Short led walks in the local community. Each walks between 30-90 minutes. No booking required. Free

 

 

Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve, Peterlee

 

Ways to Wellbeing 03000262539

10:00-11:00am

Sunday 25 August

Cycle Durham

Ways to Wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing. FREE course designed to give you confidence first in a safe off road environment progressing to cycling on the road. Led by qualified instructors you will gain practical skills and understanding on how to cycle safely.  Cycles and helmets are available to use free of charge if you don’t have your own. Booking is required.  Sundays.        

 

Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve

Ways to Wellbeing Team

 

 

Tel 03000 262 539

Email: waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

Website: www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

 

10:00-11:00am

Sunday 25 August

Couch to 5k

Mix of running and walking to gradually build your fitness. Booking required. Free

Easington Colliery Former Pit car Park (Off Seaside Lane) Abbot Street

Ways to Wellbeing Team

10:30-11:30am

Monday 26 August

Walking Netball

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it’s netball at a walking pace. Adults all over the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into fitness.

 

Cost – £3:00

Seaham Leisure Centre, The Recreation Ground, Deneside, Seaham, County Durham, SR7 8NP

 

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

 

7:30pm-8:30pm

Monday 26 August

Walking Football

Walking Football is a slower version of the game; it’s football at a walking pace. Adults all over the country have begun playing the game of Walking Football for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer.  It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into fitness.

Cost – £3:00

Peterlee Pavilion, 7-12 Helford Rd, Peterlee SR8 1ER

 

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

7:30pm-8:30pm

Monday 26 August

Walk Durham

Short Led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes. No booking required. Mondays

Easington Colliery Former Pit Car park (off seaside lane) Abbot Street

 

Ways to Wellbeing Team

10:30-11:30am

Monday 26 August

Walk Durham

Short Led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes. No booking required. Wednesdays.Free

Seaham Harbour Marina

 

Ways to Wellbeing Team

1:00-2:30pm

Wednesday 28 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 28 August

Couch to 5K

Mix of running and walking to gradually build your fitness. Booking required. Free

Seaham Harbour Marina

Ways to Wellbeing Team

1:00-2:30pm

Wednesday 28 August

Walk Durham

Short Led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes. No booking required. Wednesdays

Seaham, Durham County Council Spectrum 8, Main Entrance

Ways to Wellbeing Team

Tel 03000 262 539
Email: waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk
Website: www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

12:00-12:30pm

Wednesday 28 August

Walk Durham – Health Walks

Short led walks in the local community. Each walks between 30-90 minutes. No booking required. Free

 

Castle Eden Dene nature Reserve, Peterlee

 

Ways to Wellbeing 03000262539

10.30 - 12.00pm

Thursday 29 August

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
August 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 22 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 22 August

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