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.

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.

Check out our You Tube for ideas and inspiration:

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

The British Heart Foundation has a useful exercise playlist on their You Tube, and Active Newcastle are currently running a daily programme of home workouts on their Facebook Page.

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

Exercise on referral

This programme is for people who have an existing medical condition and who would like to introduce exercise safely.  This programme is delivered at the Health Resource Centre by Physical Activity Specialists and offers up to six months of supervised physical activity sessions for a small subsidised charge.  Following an initial assessment with one of our team, you’ll be able to use our gym and also attend our activity classes which run four times a week.  We recommend booking a place on our classes as there are limited places available.

Our Physical Activity Team have designed an Exercise on Referral 10 minute home workout that will help you introduce gentle exercise into your daily routine.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or any concerns, talk to your doctor or health professional before starting any exercise programme.  Stop exercising and consult your physician if you feel dizzy, faint, light-headed or if you experience any discomfort, only you can monitor your condition during your workout and you are responsible for exercising within your limits.


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.

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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.

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, please speak to your cardiology nurse for more information.

The British Heart Foundation has useful guide to cardiac rehabilitation.

To request any of these services or find out more then please contact us.

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.

Change 4 Life

Change4Life was launched in 2009 as part of a national ambition set out in the government’s Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives (2008) to help tackle childhood obesity.


Its purpose has been to inspire a social movement, through which government, the NHS, local authorities, businesses, charities, schools, families and community leaders can all play a part in improving children’s diets and physical activity levels.  Our staff and volunteer Change4Life Champions work with early years settings and families with young children in targeted areas in the City.  Their aim is to promote the Change4Life key message of “Eat well, move more, live longer”.


You may also be interested in our updated Healthy Eating page which has loads of useful information and recipe ideas for you to try and our Stop Smoking page.