Wanting to get more active for free then check out some ideas and tips below

NL Leisure offers fantastic opportunities to get fit and active.  NLC colleagues get a discount on membership.  Are you a NLC colleague not using NL Leisure facilities at the moment and who would benefit by increasing your physical activity levels?  If your saying yes to those questions you can try NL Leisure out as part of the Active Health programmes.

The try NL Leisure out includes:

  • 8 weeks free use of all NL Leisure gyms, swimming pools and fitness classes
  • A gym induction and personalised gym programme card to follow
  • Reduced cost membership for the following 3 months at £10 a month direct debit

If you the decide to continue your membership as a NLC colleagues you can save £6 per month on a full NL Leisure Membership, paying £28.99 instead £35.

Interested?  Contact the work well NL team at  workwellNL@northlan.gov.uk .

Please note the Active Health programme is available for:

  • Anyone aged 11 years plus in North Lanarkshire who would benefit by increasing their physical activity levels
  • One enrollment only,  once you complete the 8 weeks free you can’t repeat the offer
  • Non members of NL Leisure, that is those not current Access NL members or haven’t been a member in the past 6 month period

The Weigh to Go programme will help you become more active, eat well and lead a healthier lifestyle.

The weekly workshops across Lanarkshire are run by a health and fitness instructor and cover topics such as identifying hidden fats and sugars, alcohol within your diet or incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine.

The programme has been a huge success with since it began with over 2000 participants aged 16 to 84 – 70 per cent of whom have lost weight.


For walking and cycling routes  not far from your door steps check out this NL walking and cycling  routes map.



Like the idea of walking more as part of a group? There’s a variety of 35 weekly Get Walking Lanarkshire  groups and plus many other local walking groups.


Strathclyde Parkrun is a weekly, free 5km timed run held on Saturday mornings at Strathclyde Country Park!

Jog Scotland offers free membership to local and fun jogging groups. The friendly jogging groups are perfect for people who want to get active for the first time, or more experienced runners who want to exercise in a sociable, supportive environment. Nobody is “too slow” to join Jog Scotland, and nobody gets left behind!

Work out videos for all levels of fitness you can do at home with no equipment are available on


Thinking of exploring a bit further from home and checking out some of our famous scenery  and culture on foot and by bike?  Check out

walk highlands for walking routes across Scotland.



sustrains for cycling routes across Scotland.



 British Cycling list free bikes rides to join in with



Top tips for staying mentally fit shared by Owen O’Kane, NHS Mental Health Clinical Lead.