Healthy Living Network

Join our  healthy living network to get tips and advice on health and fitness related issues. Find information on how to lose weight, keep fit or just try and lead a happier healthier lifestyle and contact us for a free gym induction (Booking is essential). This project is funded by Awards for All,  Big Lottery.

How to stay fit after 50

Warm Up - It takes longer to get your muscles working properly as you get older because the various systems take a little longer to fire up. So always perform a light five min warm up first.

Mix it up - Don't keep doing the same thing day in day out. Change your routine regularly. If you lift the same weights or walk at the same speed all the time you won't get any stronger or fitter. Incorporate some interval training, combining high and low intensities, or classes into your fitness programme.

How long? You need to exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes to reap any benefits so aim to work out for 30 minutes to 45 minutes each time. As you get fitter you can increase this to a hour. 

Work your core - As we age our core strength suffers, which can result in bad posture and a sore back, hips and knees. So make sure that you incorporate some core strengthening exercises twice a week. 

Keeping Active

Regular exercise can help reduce the impact of diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

Any form of exercise is good for you. Try to find activities that can be part of your daily routine, such as chair based exercises, walking to the shops, or things that are fun, such as dancing or playing bowls.

If you haven't been very active, you should aim to minimise the amount of time you spend sitting down for extended periods. You could do this by reducing the time you spend watching TV, take regular walks around the garden or street.


Links to health websites


Arthritis Care

Help Line: 0808 800 4020


Cancer Connections

258 Harton Lane
South Shields
NE34 0LR

Tel: 0191 456 5081

Cancer Connections is a unique charity serving people affected by cancer living in South Tyneside.


Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.



South Tyneside Prostate Cancer Support Group

Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre
Prince Edward Road
South Shields
NE34 8PS

Contact: John Matthews
Tel: 07437 449589





Cystic Fibrosis


Alzheimer’s Society

3rd Floor
Edinburgh Building
2 Station Approach
South Shields
NE33 1HR

Tel: 0191 427 5443



South Tyneside Talking Therapies

Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre
Prince Edward Road
South Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE34 7QD

Tel: 0191 283 2937

Multiple Sclerosis



Contact John Shone

Tel: 0191 536 9687 or 07564 27802


Stroke Association
Hadrian Lodge
Wenlock Road
South Shields
NE34 9BS

Contact: Steve Dunn
Tel: 07516 833249