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
April 2019

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 April

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 April

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 24 April

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 April

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 27 April

Eat Wise & Socialise

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

10:45am-11:45am

Monday 29 April

May 2019

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 01 May

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 01 May

Eat Wise & Socialise

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 01 May

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

Friday 03 May

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 04 May

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 08 May

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 08 May

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 08 May

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 10 May

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 11 May

Eat Wise & Socialise

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

10:45am-11:45am

Monday 13 May

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

Wednesday 15 May

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 15 May

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 15 May

Events in South West Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
May 2019

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 23 May

Gentle Circuits in Stanhope

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.

Stanhope Community Centre, 11 Front Street, Stanhope, DL13 2NQ

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

09:30 to 10:30

Monday 27 May

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 27 May

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
April 2019

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.

Fulforth Centre, Sacriston

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:00 - 19:00

Monday 22 April

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 April

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.

Bowburn Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:30 - 19:30

Monday 22 April

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

Esh Winning Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Monday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:00 - 14:30

Monday 22 April

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 April

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, Monday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

09:30 - 10:30

Monday 22 April

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

Chester-Le-Street Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:15 - 11:45

Tuesday 23 April

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

Consett Leisure Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:30 - 15:00

Tuesday 23 April

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

Annfield Plain Methodist Church

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:30 - 12:00

Tuesday 23 April

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.

Cornerstones Centre, Chester-le-Street

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

£4 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Tuesday 23 April

Yoga

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.

Langley Park Miners Institute

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

£4 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Tuesday 23 April

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 23 April

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

West Rainton Community Fitness Suite, Jubilee Hall

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Tuesday 23 April

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, Tuesday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:00

Tuesday 23 April

Seated 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.

Holyoake Communal Rooms, Chester le Street

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:30 - 14:30

Tuesday 23 April

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.

Annfield Plain Methodist Church

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Tuesday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

09:45 - 10:45

Tuesday 23 April

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 24 April

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 to 14:30

Wednesday 24 April

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 24 April

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 24 April

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