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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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
February 2019

Cycle Durham – Back on Your Bike

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.

 

Seaham Harbour Marina, Unit 10, The Waterside Seaham Harbour Marina, Seaham SR7 7EE

Ways to Wellbeing

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

 

1pm-2.30pm

Wednesday 20 February

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 20 February

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 20 February

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 20 February

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.

Cost – FREE

 

Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve

SR8 1NJ

 

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

10.30am-11.30am

Thursday 21 February

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.

Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve

SR8 1NJ

 

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

 

10.30am-11.30am

Thursday 21 February

Better Fit

FREE 8 week programme commencing Thursday 7 February 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

David Hall

Healthworks Reception on 0191 372 8710

9.30am - 10.15am

Thursday 21 February

Circuits & New Age Kurling

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 22 February

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

Friday 22 February

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 February

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.

Cost – FREE

 

Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve

SR8 1NJ

 

Ways to Wellbeing

03000 262 539

10am-11am

Sunday 24 February

Cycle Durham – Back on Your Bike

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.

Easington Colliery Former Pit Car park (off Seaside Lane), Abbott Street

Ways to Wellbeing

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

10.30am-11.30am

Monday 25 February

Cycle Durham – Back on Your Bike

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladder Centre, 5-7 Coniston Road, Ferryhill DL17 8EZ

Ways to Wellbeing

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

10am-11am

Monday 25 February

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 25 February

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 25 February

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 25 February

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 25 February

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 25 February

Cycle Durham – Back on Your Bike

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coxhoe Active Life Centre, Linden Grove, Durham DH6 4DW

Ways to Wellbeing

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

1pm-2pm

Tuesday 26 February

Cycle Durham – Back on Your Bike

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.

 

Seaham Harbour Marina, Unit 10, The Waterside Seaham Harbour Marina, Seaham SR7 7EE

Ways to Wellbeing

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

 

1pm-2.30pm

Wednesday 27 February

Events in South West Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
February 2019

Supported Gym Sessions

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

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 25 February

March 2019

Supported Gym Sessions

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 04 March

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
February 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

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:30 - 11:30

Wednesday 20 February

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 20 February

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 20 February

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 - 11:00

Wednesday 20 February

Eat Wise & Exercise

Fitness is not about being better than someone else…

It’s about being better than you used to be.

Join us for information and tips on how to incorporate healthy eating into your daily life and also get 45 mins FREE gym time to get you on your road to fitness.

Pelton Community Centre

Front Street, Pelton DH2 1DE

Michelle Phillips

07826 884 695

0800 8766 887

Starting Wednesday 16th January 2019 and running for 8 weeks

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13:00 - 15:00

Wednesday 20 February

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 20 February

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 20 February

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

Leadgate Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:30 - 14:30

Wednesday 20 February

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 20 February

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 21 February

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 21 February

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 21 February

Healthy lifestyle course

Giving you the opportunity to take care of yourself so that you can thrive into the New Year:

Learn about keeping your heart healthy, 5 ways to wellbeing, activity for health and giving yourself some me time with relaxation techniques and mindfulness.

The Haven Community centre,

South Moor

Julie Stobbart and Diane Taylor

07789 486 736

07717 320 074

0800 8766 887

Starting Thursday 24th January and running for 6 weeks

11:00 -12:00

Thursday 21 February

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 21 February

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 21 February

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 21 February

Couch 2 5k running group

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

Booking is required.

Langley Park Community Gym

Ways to Wellbeing

10 Weeks

(starting 10/01/2019)

Every Thursday

Booking is required.

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:30 - 19:30

Thursday 21 February

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.

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

13:00 - 14:00

Thursday 21 February

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

Community Fitness Suite

Great Lumley Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Thursday 21 February

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.

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 21 February

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