Wellbeing

Exercise General Information

People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers.

Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  To read more and find out if you are doing enough exercise for your age go to: www.nhs.uk.

Physical activity can boost mental wellbeing and change your outlook on life. It can help people with anxiety and depression and might even prevent such problems from developing in the first place. Whatever activities you choose and whether you do it in a group or on your own, indoors or out, you’re likely to benefit psychologically.

What counts as physically active:

  • Simple, everyday activities, such as gardening and walking
  • Exercise, such as cycling, swimming or working out
  • Sports, such as playing football, golf, or netball
  • Joining a gym or exercise class

Regular physical activity can lift your mood, help you deal with negative emotions (such as anger) and bring you a general sense of mental wellbeing. It can help you sleep better, reduce tension levels, feelings of stress or fatigue, and give you more energy.

Some people develop a much more positive self-image, through changes to their body shape, as they begin to lose weight or feel their muscle tone get better. This, in itself, improves mental wellbeing.

Find out more from the Mental Health Foundation here!

This tool is packed with ideas to help you lead a more active life. Each day you receive a new tip on how to keep healthy as a family, and there are also links to local information and associations.
Click here!

Click here to find out if you are doing enough exercise for your age!

Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity every week. But you can reach this minimum target by doing three 10-minute sessions, five days a week. Read more about ten minute work-outs here!

British people sit for 8.9 hours each day (on average).
In recent years a variety of major international research has produced compelling evidence that sitting for more than 4 hours each day leads to:

  • Enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats shutting down
  • Reduced calorie burning (Metabolic rate)
  • Disrupted blood sugar levels
  • Increased insulin and blood pressure levels
  • Leg muscles switch off

Click here for more information

A Guide to the Benefits of Biking

Cycling has many advantages. It is healthy, accessible, fun, cheap, environmentally friendly and efficient from an energetic standpoint. If you need more reasons, read this Guide To The Benefits Of Biking to find out why you should ride a bike instead of driving a car.

Click here to find info re disability cycling.



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Exercise in South Tyneside
Change4Life South Tyneside

Physical activity can boost mental wellbeing and change your outlook on life. Whatever activities you choose and whether you do it in a group or on your own, indoors or out, you’re likely to benefit physically and psychologically.

Click here!

Haven Point

Haven Point is a brand new, state of the art leisure facility, opened on 28 October 2013, boasting:

  • a 25 metre competition pool and 18 metre teaching pool, both with adjustable floors for varying age groups and abilities
  • leisure waters with slides, sprays, bubble spa and water play
  • a sauna, a steam room, and an 86 station gym
  • two dance studios offering a variety of fitness classes, and
  • visitor information centre, coffee lounge, cafe, outdoor terrace, two multi-purpose rooms, amphitheatre and a roof top viewing gallery.

For more information please visit: www.southtyneside.info
Exercise for those aged 14+ with a learning or physical disability!

Cycling Groups and Cycling Routes

Regular cycling can help you lose weight, reduce stress and improve your fitness. To get tips on equipment, road safety and cycle routes, click here.

Access local cycle rides here, access local cycle maps here, access cycle routes here.

50+ Running Club

If you are 50 years plus, there is now a running club classes tailor-made to help you become fitter and increase your vitality and confidence.  Click here to find out more about the Silver Striders.

Running

Click here and enter your postcode to highlight routes in your area.

Bupa Great North Run

Want to learn more or join your local Harriers in South Tyneside?

Routes in South Tyneside

Running Injury Oracle

This site is a resource for all runners, novice or experienced. It will help you work out the nature of your injury and then give you all the knowledge you need to self-rehabilitate, including over 150 video clips, helpingyou get back to running quickly.  Check out their website: www.runninginjuryoracle.com

Get Active and join the Silver Striders

Improve your health, relieve stress, meet new people and have fun!
Click here to find our more!

Swimming

Swimming for Leisure gives you the most fun and enjoyable fitness activity available. What is certain, is that swimming is excellent for your health and best of all its open to everyone.

Find your local pool – South Tyneside or why not join a club?  South Tyneside Swimming Club

Temple Park

Rain never stops play at Temple Park Centre where there are loads of leisure activities to entertain the whole family.

Facilities include a leisure pool, fitness suites, squash courts, a large outdoor skate park, and a multi-purpose sports hall, making Temple Park a great place to have some fun and be healthy at the same time!

To find out more and see opening times click here!

Walking Groups

Whether you fancy a stroll or want to step it out on a power walk, there is something out there for you.  Follow the link to enjoy walking in South Tyneside

Tyne & Wear Walking Clubs, Rambling Clubs and Associations

Walking Works Wonders

Free walks lead by accredited walk leaders and trained by Walking for Health with risk assessed routes. The walks are all free of charge and most last roughly an hour. The aim of the walks are to provide friendly, exciting community based health walks which help improve health and wellbeing as well as building new friendships along the way.

For more information on walking or how to become a walk leader, please contact T: 0191 428 1144

Click here for the Walking Works Wonders local walks.

Walk to Health!

From Cleadon Park Library in South Shields
Walk back into health with this enjoyable walk designed to get people back to health through walking. Whether getting back into walking after long term or short term illness, or just feeling a bit under the weather and want to meet a few new friends, this walk is for you.

Lasting no longer then an hour, the walk meanders through the delights of South Shields, heading to local parks and discovering new places with a friendly group and voluntary walk leader.

For more information please contact 0191 4281144

Exercise in Sunderland

The links between health and physical activity are very clear. If you become more active the risk of health problems can be reduced and existing health problems can be improved.

Everyone can benefit from being more active. If you are not physically active at the moment there are more ways than ever for you to get support, to help you on the road to improved health.
Click here to access the Sunderland City council website to find out more!

Sunderland City Council provide facilities for a wide choice of leisure and sporting activity: click here!

For the latest range of activities click here!

The Sunderland Move to Improve Programme

A prescribed exercise programme to improve long term conditions and prevent deterioration.

This programme is aimed at people who suffer from long term medical conditions and can help you to improve your health and wellbeing through a supported programme of physical activity.

Click here for more information!

Active Sunderland is Sunderland’s Community Sport Network. We are here to give you advice about sport, physical activity, coaching, volunteering, funding and more.
Find out more here!

Check out What’s On for a range of walks and activities from Active Sunderland!

The Active Sunderland 3-2-1 routes are circular routes of varying distances which you can either walk, jog or run.

Read more here!

Built in the old Doxford Ship works, Sunderland climbing wall has:Over 900m2 of climbing and bouldering.
A 23m competition wall that overhangs by a massive 8m.
Over 140 routes on the main walls.
90 of which are top-rope routes spread over 32 lines.
The bouldering wall is a 22 metre wave cellar board type with a very wide range of grades from easy to extremely difficult.
Regularly hosts the British Indoor Climbing Championship and national and local competition events.
Click here for more info!

Sunderland Climbing Centre

The centre includes an extensive, multi-angled bouldering wall, a dedicated roped climbing area with a unique rock buttress and a dedicated kids climbing zone.

Whether you are a novice or already experienced the centre provides inspiring indoor climbing for all ages and abilities.

Click here for more info!

The club is for children and young people up to the age of 23. It is a “junior development club”, which means that our aim is to provide high quality coaching and support for young riders. A rider can be a member of a cycling or triathlon club and still be a member of Hetton Hawks – the difference is, with the Hawks you will be riding with people of your own age every week.
Find out more here!

Our club is the oldest cycling club in the Sunderland area with roots going back into the late 1800’s when we formed a section of the National Clarion Cycling Club. We now have 60+ regularly active club riders and are continuing to grow.

Visit their website for more information!

Click here and enter your postcode to highlight routes in your area.

Bupa Great North Run

Local running opportunities and events in Sunderland click here!

Run Sunderland

This site is a resource for all runners, novice or experienced. It will help you work out the nature of your injury and then give you all the knowledge you need to self-rehabilitate, including over 150 video clips, helpingyou get back to running quickly.  Check out their website: www.runninginjuryoracle.com

City of Sunderland Amateur Swimming Club CIC – visit:  www.cityofsunderlandasc.co.uk
Contact:  executive@cityofsunderlandasc.co.uk

Whether you fancy a stroll or want to step it out on a power walk, there is something out there for you. Follow this link to find a local walk for you.

Tyne & Wear Walking Clubs, Rambling Clubs and Associations

Heritage Walks provide an opportunity to be more active whilst discovering many of Sunderland’s most loved land marks and places of interest. Sunderland is steeped in history with many hidden treasures to discover.
The historic and natural environment can have a positive effect on both mental and physical wellbeing. Why not give yourself a boost, get outside, get active and reconnect with history and nature with Sunderland City Council’s heritage walks?

These walks take in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and places of interest, including Penshaw Monument, St Peter’s Church and the Queen Alexandra Bridge.   They also visit some of the lesser known sites like Trafalgar Square, the Victoria Viaduct and High Wood.

The walks are distributed across the five areas of the city:

North
Roker Seafront Circular
Sunderland Marina, River Wear Circular
Hylton Castle and Dene Circular?
Fulwell Circular

East
Ashbrooke Circular
Hendon East End Circular
Bridge to Bridge
Sunderland in the 1st World War (City Centre)

West
South Hylton Circular
Barnes Park to Grindon Sandhill
Silksworth Circular
Pallion and Ford Circular

Coalfields
Penshaw Monument Circular
Hetton Circular

Washington
Washington Wetland Centre Circular
Fatfield Circular

More routes will follow as we work with local history and community groups. If you know of an interesting walking route that you would like to share, please contact us on the number or email below.

The walk leaflets are free of charge and can be downloaded online at www.activesunderland.org.uk
For more information and to request a walking pack call 0191 561 4578 or email anthony.hindmarch@sunderland.gov.uk.

Best Foot Forward


FREE Health Walks & Nordic Walks
Did you know that FREE Health Walks and Nordic Walks are running weekly in Sunderland? Click here for more information!

Walks last for one hour and are delivered by friendly, qualified Volunteer Walk Leaders who tailor the walks to be suitable for all ages, fitness levels and abilities.  It is advisable to dress for the weather and wear comfortable supportive footwear.  All new walkers are asked to contact Laura Bartlett on T: (0191) 561 4693 or E: laura.bartlett@sunderland.gov.uk to check the current walking programme and for any further information on walking opportunities in Sunderland.

Don’t know where to start?

Contact Live Life Well Sunderland on: 0191 565 3482


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