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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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.

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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
June 2019

Couch to 5k

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

Seaham Harbour Marina

Ways to Wellbeing Team

Tel 03000 262 539

Email: waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

Website: www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

 

 

1:00-2:30pm

Wednesday 26 June

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 26 June

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

Wednesday 26 June

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 26 June

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 27 June

Gentle Circuits & New Age Kurling

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people. No booking required. £3.00 a Session

 

Trimdon Village Hall

 

Ways to Wellbeing 03000262539

1:00-3:00pm

Friday 28 June

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 28 June

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 29 June

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 30 June

July 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

 

Ways to Wellbeing 03000262539

10:30-11:30am

Monday 01 July

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 01 July

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 01 July

Couch to 5k

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

Seaham Harbour Marina

Ways to Wellbeing Team

Tel 03000 262 539

Email: waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

Website: www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

 

 

1:00-2:30pm

Wednesday 03 July

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 04 July

Gentle Circuits & New Age Kurling

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people. No booking required. £3.00 a Session

Trimdon Village Hall

 

Ways to Wellbeing 03000262539

1:00-3:00pm

Friday 05 July

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 07 July

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 08 July

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 08 July

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 03000262539

10:30-11:30am

Monday 08 July

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 10 July

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
June 2019

Exercise to Music

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.

Leadgate Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday 10:30 to 11:30

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:30 - 11:30

Wednesday 26 June

Exercise to Music

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.

Leadgate Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:30 - 11:30

Wednesday 26 June

Gentle 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.

Great Lumley Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:30 - 14:30

Wednesday 26 June

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.

Ebchester Village Hall

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:30 - 19:30

Wednesday 26 June

Health Walks

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

A full list of our walks can be found at:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/walkdurham

For futher information please contact:

e mail: sportandleisure@durham.gov.uk
Tel: 03000 266 555

Langley Park Miners Welfare Institute

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Wednesday 26 June

Run Durham – Couch to 5k

A mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness. Courses can fill quickly so we recommend booking early. If a course you would like to attend is full we will add you to a waiting list for future courses.

Leadgate Surgery Car Park

Ways to Wellbeing

Every Wednesday for 10 Weeks (starting 8/5/19)

To book contact: 03000 262539

FREE course

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:15 - 19:15

Wednesday 26 June

Health Walks

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

A full list of our walks can be found at:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/walkdurham

For futher information please contact:

e mail: sportandleisure@durham.gov.uk
Tel: 03000 266 555

Durham County Hall

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

12:30 - 13:00

Wednesday 26 June

Cycle Durham – Sofa to Cycle

A free 10 week course suitable for people who are able to ride a bike, but who may lack confidence to cycle more frequently.

The course will offer a programme of beginner’s rides that are up to 90 minutes long. The programme is designed to build confidence when cycling and will progress from cycling at a gentle pace in a quiet traffic free environment, building up to a moderate pace cycling on quiet roads.

Throughout the course, participants will be offered cycling advice including – helmet fitting, cycle sizing, pre-ride safety checks, safe braking and steering, gear changes, simple hand signals and basic maintenance demonstrations.

Booking is required.

Riverside Sports Pavilion, Chester-le-Street

Ways to Wellbeing

To book contact: 03000 262539

FREE course

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

Every Wednesday for 10 weeks from 22nd May

18:00 - 20:00

Wednesday 26 June

Health Walks

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

A full list of our walks can be found at:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/walkdurham

For futher information please contact:

e mail: sportandleisure@durham.gov.uk
Tel: 03000 266 555

Gala Theatre, Durham

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:15 - 11:45

Wednesday 26 June

Yoga **Waiting List**

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.

Bullion Hall, Chester-le-Street

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

£4 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

09:30 - 11:00

Wednesday 26 June

Exercise to Music

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 27 June

Swing Fit

Swing Fit is a dance fitness class for the young at heart. With dance steps and music from the swing era, you’ll forget you’re exercising as you dance along to the Lindy Hop, Charleston and Jive.

Sessions begin 9th May.

*The first session is free and in the month of May classes will be at a subsidised cost of £3.00

*please note normal price for this session is £5.00 per class.

Meadowfield Leisure Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

*£3 per session in May and then £5 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:30 - 11:30

Thursday 27 June

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 June

Gentle 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 27 June

Walking netball

Join us for a way to get back into sporting activities.

Aimed at every level with participation of anyone over 16 years old.

Consett Leisure Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly Thursday

£3.30

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

 

12:00 - 13:00

Thursday 27 June

Health Walks

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

A full list of our walks can be found at:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/walkdurham

For futher information please contact:

e mail: sportandleisure@durham.gov.uk
Tel: 03000 266 555

Fulforth Centre, Sacriston

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

09:30 - 11:00

Thursday 27 June

Gentle 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.

Pelton Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:00

Thursday 27 June

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 27 June

Run Durham – Couch to 5k

A mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness. Courses can fill quickly so we recommend booking early. If a course you would like to attend is full we will add you to a waiting list for future courses.

Langley Park Community Gym

Ways to Wellbeing

Every Thursday for 10 Weeks (starting 2/5/19)

To book contact: 03000 262539

FREE course

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:15 - 19:15

Thursday 27 June

Health Walks

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

Quaking Houses Village Hall, Stanley

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:30 - 12:00

Thursday 27 June

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