Keeping active has a number of well-evidenced benefits for your mental and physical health and wellbeing. But for some, the thought of exercising or participating in a sport or physical activity doesn't come with ease.
Many people find going to the gym, going out for a run or joining an exercise class extremely difficult -
whether that be due to a lack of self-confidence, motivation, physicality or even social, cultural or environmental issues preventing them from doing so. That's why we are continuing the Keep Moving Campaign across Greater Manchester. To help people think differently about being active, and demonstrate the little ways we can incorporate more movement into our daily routines.
Moving more doesn't have to be a chore, in fact, there are plenty of simple, easy and fun ways you can become more mobile. Whether it’s moving more when you’re making your morning brew or cooking up a storm in the kitchen with your family, or walking or running with your partner; it’s easy to find a few minutes here and there, every day, to build movement into regular daily activities.
Doing just 30 minutes of movement a day can bring you loads of benefits, like feeling happier, more confident and sleeping well, as well as contributing towards long-term health and mental wellbeing; happier and healthier!
Inactivity in Greater Manchester was impacted more than national levels by the pandemic. Before the pandemic 73.8% of adults in Greater Manchester were active. In the year 2019-20, this dropped to 68.9%. Although, it is now showing faster signs of recovery with up to 70.3% of adults in 2020-21 now active.
Being more active is important for so many reasons, it helps to reduce the risk of serious health conditions and life limiting diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Being more active also helps keep bodies strong and flexible as they age, and can help alleviate conditions such as depression, stress and anxiety.
We have started to see rates of physical activity rise, narrowing the gap between GM and England (by 0.9 percentage points from the previous 12 months). We expect this improvement to accelerate as Greater Manchester Moving in Action: the plan for physical activity and sport 2021-2031 is implemented. Our collective mission is active lives for all.
Find the latest Active Lives report below.
As part of Greater Manchester’s local pilot project, Tameside Council is supporting its region’s organisations to find more opportunities to adopt active workplaces and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of their teams.
These events bring people and partners together across GM to share and explore stories, challenges and expertise that help make GM a better place for people to walk, cycle, wheel and to live active lives.
GM Moving Partners' Commitment to Inclusion: Creating a Greater Manchester that enables active lives for disabled people and people with long-term conditions.