Modern life can make it easy to eat and drink more than we should and move around less than we should, which often results in weight gain. To lose weight we need to swap current bad habits to better ones.
Choose diet and physical activity changes that you can make part of your daily routine, and stick to it for life.
Increasing physical activity is one of the most effective ways to improve your health and wellbeing.
Even small increases in physical activity among those who are the least active can bring great health benefits.
Ways to get active in South Tyneside
From our fantastic leisure facilities, award winning parks and generous coastline to the vast array of opportunities available within our communities there is something for everyone.
See below for ideas on how to get active in South Tyneside.
There are six leisure facilities in South Tyneside, where between them you can enjoy:
sauna and steam rooms
water play, slides and bubble spa
other sports facilities (e.g. badminton, basketball, football)
The leisure facilities include Hebburn Central, Haven Point, Temple Park Centre, Monkton Stadium, Jarrow Focus, and Jarrow Community Pool.
A range of leisure memberships are available to suit individual needs, including discounted memberships and corporate memberships. The memberships give access to all six facilities. Get Active cards also allow you to save money without committing to a membership.
Becoming more active can make you feel good about yourself and it can have a number of benefits for your health including helping to manage any long term conditions you may have such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and joint problems. It can also help to manage your weight and improve your mood.
Our Healthy Lives activity classes are entry level classes aimed at people who are new to exercise and that have one or more long term conditions. The sessions are delivered by fully qualified and experienced instructors and are available at a number of venues across South Tyneside.
For further information see
Parks and green space
Parks and green spaces provide a perfect environment for getting out and being active.
Research shows that increasing your exposure to green space:
delays the onset of health problems in later life
reduces levels of obesity in children and young people
In South Tyneside we are fortunate to have some outstanding and award winning parks.
The South and North Marine Parks take prominence at the sea front and have a range of facilities and activities that take place.
Bents Park is home to many events including concerts over the summer.
The Green Gym concept encourages people to improve both their physical and mental health through participation in practical and conservation or horticultural activities and is suitable for people of all levels and abilities.
The Green Gym sessions offer a range of activities including:
environmental management in parks
formal park gardening
nature reserve conservation
The sessions are friendly and informal and are designed to cater for all abilities and individual needs. The sessions provide an excellent way to keep active.
The Green Gym is ideal for anyone new to exercise, or those with existing medical conditions that would benefit from support to begin to increase their physical activity.
Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.
It's underrated as a form of exercise, but walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active.
Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.
If you feel you could use additional support there are a number of organised group walks available throughout South Tyneside. For days and times as well as how to get involved, see Health walk timetable717.73KB.
South Tyneside offers cyclists a comprehensive network of routes, ranging from strategic routes such as the Coastal Cycle way between Sunderland and South Shields, to off-road leisure routes along the river corridors such as the River Don at Primrose.
Inner urban routes and routes on re-used mineral lines form part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) and the Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Route also has a finish line in South Shields.