Getting Active


Increasing your physical activity levels even in a small way each day can make a big difference to your health and well-being.


It can help boost mood, improve sleep quality, raise energy levels, reduce stress and lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

We want to help you get more active and that’s why we offer a range services and activities suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

Take a look at our Health and Wellbeing Timetable here.

Our gyms and weekly activity classes are affordable and open for all to use, and in addition we offer a wide range of health specific programmes through one to one support and supervised group activities.

Gyms are open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and on Saturday 9am to 1pm.


Fitness classes

We have a weekly programme of fitness classes running at both The Health Resource Centre and The Lemington Centre.

Our classes a fun, friendly and low cost!  Most classes start from only £3.50 and you can even buy a class pass at £30 for 10 sessions (please ask our staff which sessions are included in this price).




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This is a fun and inclusive exercise group, which is suitable for people with a range of medical conditions too. 

Its aim is to improve participant’s fitness and provide them with opportunities meet new people and improve their social networks.  The classes are delivered by qualified trainers.  There is a small charge for attending these sessions.



Keep Moving:

Stay healthy, energetic and independent with our fun, low-impact exercise class.  Sessions are currently running at:

The Lemington Centre Mondays & Wednesdays: 10.30am to 11.30am

£2.50 per session




Our timetable also includes the following fitness classes:




You can find out more details about all of our activities, including days, times and costs on our What’s On page and our Gym page.





Our health specific programmes are run by trained Physical Activity Specialists and include:



A man on some gym equipmentESCAPE-pain is a 6 week rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain of the knees and/or hips, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant. It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.

Find out more about ESCAPE-pain

Visit Tyneside Integrated Musculoskeletal Service (TIMS) to refer yourself to this programme.



Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab for short) helps you get back to as full a life as possible after a cardiac event such as a heart attack, heart surgery or stent procedure. You may also be able to attend a cardiac rehab programme if you have been diagnosed with heart failure or if you have a device such as an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Our Cardiac Rehab programmes run for 8 weeks.

To request these services or find out more about them, please contact us.


Getting Active At Home

Our 20 Minute mini workouts are easy to do at home and are ideal if you are running out of ideas or are simply short of time.  Pick and choose the ones you do throughout the week, and if you are feeling up to it then try more than one a day.

Don’t forget to warm up thoroughly before starting and to cool down afterwards, make sure you are familiar with each each exercise before starting.  Each short workout will target major muscle groups and help improve your cardiorespiratory fitness. You should consult your GP or Heath Care provider before starting any exercise program, especially if you have a pre-existing injury or medical condition.


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You’ll also find four Next Steps workouts there too:

  1. The Full Body Workout
  2. The Upper Body Workout
  3. The Lower Body Workout
  4. The Cardio / Core Workout

These are a great way to get moving and back into exercise, and easy to do at home.  The simple exercises gradually build strength, improve your health and help with blood circulation.

You can also take a Wellbeing Walk with Healthworks

The NHS website also has some great information about getting active, physical activity guidelines and exercise tips. Check out their fitness guides which include:

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Visit our Eat Well and What’s On pages to find out more about how to get involved in these activities.

You can also find out more about joining our Gyms here.

Staying Steady Falls Prevention programme

If you have had a fall or feel you are at risk of falling, our Staying Steady programme could help you,

You can find out more about this on our Preventing Falls page.