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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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 2018

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

0191 5208110

9:30am - 11:30am

Thursday 18 October

Fitness Fusion

Class aimed at Beginners and Older Adults. Why not come along and meet some new friends, have some fun and improve your health.  It costs just £1 per session and there is no need to book.  Held every Thursday (please check during school holidays).  Everyone is welcome,

 

Horden Youth and Community Centre

Eden St

Horden

Peterlee

SR8 4LH

Theresa Spiteri

Theresa Spiteri

07767 148055

theresa_spiteri@sky.com

http://theresaspiteri.zumba.com

11.30am - 12.30pm

Thursday 18 October

Circuits & New Age Curling

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.

Group Exercise; a range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

 

Cost £3

 

Trimdon Village Hall

Hallgarth Road

Trimdon Station

TS29 6JX

 

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

 

1pm-3pm

Friday 19 October

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 19 October

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 20 October

Eat Wise to Drop a Size

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

Robin Todd Centre, South Hetton, DH6 2TH

Jordan Coils

0191 5260520

9:30am - 11am

Monday 22 October

Balance right

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.

Group Exercise; a range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

 

Cost £3

 

Fishburn Education Centre

East View

Fishburn

 

TS21 4AU

 

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

 

12:30pm-1:30pm

Monday 22 October

Fitness Fusion

Class aimed at Beginners and Older Adults. Why not come along and meet some new friends, have some fun and improve your health.  It costs just £2 per session and there is no need to book.  Held every Monday (please check during school holidays).  Everyone is welcome.

 

Seaton Community Centre

12 Western Park
Hawthorn
Seaham
County Durham

Theresa Spiteri

Theresa Spiteri

07767 148055

theresa_spiteri@sky.com

http://theresaspiteri.zumba.com

1pm - 2pm

Monday 22 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 22 October

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 23 October

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 24 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 24 October

Fitness Fusion

Class aimed at Beginners and Older Adults. Why not come along and meet some new friends, have some fun and improve your health.  It costs just £2 per session and there is no need to book.  Held every Wednesday (please check during school holidays).  Everyone is welcome.

 

 

The Greenhills Centre

Wheatley Hill Community Centre

Stephen’s Terrace

Wheatley Hill

Durham

DH6 3JS

Theresa Spiteri

Theresa Spiteri

07767 148055

theresa_spiteri@sky.com

http://theresaspiteri.zumba.com

12.15pm - 1.15pm

Wednesday 24 October

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 24 October

Gentle Exercise Group

Very gentle exercise group. Why not come along and meet some new friends, have some fun and improve your health.  Held every Wednesday (please check during school holidays).  Everyone welcome.

Greenhills Community Centre

Stephen’s Terrace

Wheatley Hill

Durham

DH6 3JS

Theresa Spiteri

Theresa Spiteri

07767 148055

theresa_spiteri@sky.com

http://theresaspiteri.zumba.com

1.30pm - 2.30pm

Wednesday 24 October

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 25 October

Fitness Fusion

Class aimed at Beginners and Older Adults. Why not come along and meet some new friends, have some fun and improve your health.  It costs just £1 per session and there is no need to book.  Held every Thursday (please check during school holidays).  Everyone is welcome.

 

Horden Youth and Community Centre

Eden St

Horden

Peterlee

SR8 4LH

Theresa Spiteri

Theresa Spiteri

07767 148055

theresa_spiteri@sky.com

http://theresaspiteri.zumba.com

11.30am - 12.30pm

Thursday 25 October

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 26 October

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 27 October

Eat Wise to Drop a Size

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

Robin Todd Centre, South Hetton, DH6 2TH

Jordan Coils

0191 5260520

9:30am - 11am

Monday 29 October

Events in South West Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
October 2018

Eat Wise & Exercise

Want to lose weight healthily, and keep it off?

Come along and find out how we can help you

  • improving fitness
  • FREE Service
  • Weekly Weigh in
  • Learn about Food and Nutrition
  • Opportunity for free activity sessions

Plus free support from the wellbeing for life team

Starting Thursday 13th September

 

Dean Bank Literary Institute, Ferryhill, DL17 8PP.

Wellbeing for Life- James Robinson 07525815124

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11:15-12:15

Thursday 18 October

Supported Gym Session

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

St Johns Chapel, Village Hall, Market Place, Weardale, DL13 1QF

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

11:00 to 12:00

Monday 22 October

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

Monday 22 October

Memory Cafe

Come and join us for free, every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month

  • Socialise and make new friends
  • Games, activities and quizzes plus music and refreshments
  • Everyone is welcome, whether you have dementia, are a carer, or simply want to socialise

We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Ben Tinkler on 0780 990 9318

Pioneering Care Centre, Newton Aycliffe, Co. Durham, DL5 4SF

Wellbeing for Life-Ben Tinkler on 0780 990 9318 or 01325 321234 for more information

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14:00 to 16:00

Monday 22 October

Aerobic Exercise

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.

Frosterley Village Hall

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

11:00 to 12:00

Tuesday 23 October

Free Health Walks

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

Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP

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

Thursdays 10:15 to 11:45

Thursday 25 October

Supported Gym Session

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

St Johns Chapel, Village Hall, Weardale, DL13 1QF

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

11:00 to 12:00

Monday 29 October

Aerobic Exercise

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

Frosterley Village Hall

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

11:00 to 12:00

Tuesday 30 October

Couch to 5k- Beginners Running Group

A mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness.  Booking is required. 10 week course starting 5 September 2018

Crook Community Leisure Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

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

18:15 - 19:15

Wednesday 31 October

November 2018

Couch to 5k- Beginners Running Group

A mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness.  Booking is required. 10 week course starting 5 September 2018

Crook Community Leisure Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

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

18:15 - 19:15

Wednesday 07 November

Healthy Lifestyle appointments at your GP Surgery

If you are registered with Pease Way Medical Centre and would like support around

  • healthy eating
  • weight management
  • reducing your risk of developing diabetes

you can contact us to arrange an appointment to discuss the support we are able to offer.

 

(This group is for patients of Pease Way Medical Centre and by appointment only. However if this is something that you would be interested in please contact the lead staff member or Wellbeing for Life admin on 01325 321 234)

Pease Way Medical Centre, 2 Pease Way, Newton Aycliffe DL5 5NH

Wellbeing for Life- Kathryn Harbin 0782 688 4684

Every Thursday from 6th September with appointments between 15:30 and18:30

From 15:30

Thursday 08 November

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
October 2018

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 via Cardiac Rehab

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

The Venue, Stanley Day Centre, Wear Rd, Stanley DH9 6LU

David Blythe

07919 625 747

0800 8766 887

Every Thursday for 8 weeks starting 4th October

11:30 - 12:30

Thursday 18 October

Keep Fit

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.

Group Exercise

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

Chester le Street Parish Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

15:00 - 16:00

Thursday 18 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 18 October

Couch to 5K healthy lifestyle sessions

(Closed group)

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

Week 1 Paperwork- measurements optional

Week 2 Physical activity, Ready for your run

Week 3 Eat well guide, Fuel up for your run

Week 4 Don’t let drink sneak up on you, the healthy hangover

Week 5 Five steps to wellbeing, eyes on the prize

Week 6 Signoff & signposting

The Riverside

Chester le street.

Diane Taylor
Julie Stobbart
Jennie Cammidge

07789 486 736

07717 320 074

07827 982 462

0800 8766 887

Every Thursday for 6 weeks from 18th October

12:30 - 13:00

Thursday 18 October

Circuits

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.

Group Exercise

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

Ushaw Moor Baptist Church

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday 11:00 to 12:00

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

11:00 to 12:00

Thursday 18 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 18 October

Circuits

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.

Group Exercise

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

St James Church Hall, Burnopfield

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday 13:30 to 14:30

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:30 - 14:30

Thursday 18 October

Health Walks

Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.

Community Fitness Suite

Great Lumley Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Thursday 18 October

Healthy Circuits

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.

Group Exercise

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

St Patrick’s Church Hall, Consett

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:00 - 19:00

Thursday 18 October

Health Walks

Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.

Witton Gilbert Parish Church

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Friday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Friday 19 October

Zumba

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.

Group Exercise

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

The Venue

Stanley

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Friday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:00 - 19:00

Friday 19 October

Keep Fit

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.

Group Exercise

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

Annfield Plain Methodist Church

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Friday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

09:30 - 10:30

Friday 19 October

Pilates

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.

Group Exercise

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

Fulforth centre, Sacriston

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Friday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

17:30 - 18:30

Friday 19 October

Health Walks

Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.

Beamish Museum

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Friday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Friday 19 October

Circuits

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.

Group Exercise

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

Fulforth Centre, Sacriston

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:00 - 19:00

Monday 22 October

Pilates

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.

Group Exercise

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

Lynwood House, Lanchester

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

12:30 - 13:30

Monday 22 October

Couch 2 5k running group

A mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness.

Booking is required.

Lanchester Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

10 Weeks

(starting 3/9/18)

Every Monday

Booking is required.

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:15 - 19:15

Monday 22 October

Keep Fit

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.

Group Exercise

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

Bowburn Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:30 - 19:30

Monday 22 October

Pilates

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.

Group Exercise

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

Lynwood House, Lanchester

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:30 - 14:30

Monday 22 October

Gentle Exercise

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.

Group Exercise

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

Great Lumley Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

09:30 - 10:30

Monday 22 October

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