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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Upcoming events

Events in East Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
December 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 13 December

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 13 December

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

 

Wednesdays and Fridays –1:30pm - 2:30pm

Friday 14 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 15 December

Wellbeing Group

Join us to learn about food and nutrition, seated exercise, new recipe ideas and meet new people

5 weeks from Monday 19 November 2018.

Attlee Square Community Centre, Sherburn Village, Durham DH6 1JN

David Hall/Susan Fern

Contact David Hall on 07395 790 759 or Susan Fern on 07903 550 947

2pm - 4pm

Monday 17 December

Health Walks

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 – Health Walks: Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.  No booking required.

Easington Colliery Former Pit Car Park

(Off seaside Lane)

Abbott Street

 

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

 

10:30am-11:30am

Monday 17 December

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




0782 688 4712

10:15am-11:15am

Monday 17 December

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

1 pm - 2pm

Monday 17 December

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 – 11:00am

Monday 17 December

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 17 December

Health Walks

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 – Health Walks: Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.  No booking required.

Coxhoe Active Life Centre

Linden grove

Durham

DH6 4DW

 

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

 

1pm-2pm

Tuesday 18 December

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 19 December

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 19 December

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 19 December

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 19 December

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 19 December

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

10:30am - 11:30am

Thursday 20 December

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 20 December

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 21 December

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 22 December

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
December 2018

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 13 December

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 13 December

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 13 December

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 13 December

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 13 December

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 13 December

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 13 December

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 14 December

Countryside Guided Walks

County Durham’s beautiful countryside is home to a wide variety of plants and animals and the area has a fascinating historical and geological heritage. All are welcome to come and explore with us as we have walks to suit everyone.

No booking required.

Greencroft and Lanchester via Chapmans Well

7.5 miles (4.5 hours)

Roadside in Greencroft Industrial Estate

Off A693

Near Stanley

DH9 7YA

Ways to Wellbeing

£4

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00

Friday 14 December

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 14 December

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 14 December

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 14 December

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 14 December

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 17 December

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 17 December

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 17 December

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 17 December

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 17 December

Health Walks

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

Chester-Le-Street Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:15 - 11:45

Tuesday 18 December

Seated Aerobics

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.

Croft View, Lanchester

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

14:00 - 15:00

Tuesday 18 December

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