The Covid-19 crisis is unprecedented in modern times. The restrictions to our permitted movement as a result of Covid-19 could have a negative impact on our activity levels. However, we are now (from 13th May) able to exercise outdoors as often as you wish as long as you remain 2m from anyone outside your household. Whilst population health is the absolute priority, we want to encourage and support people to find their way to keep moving for at least 30 minutes (60 minutes for children) each day. If you want to help to #KeepGMMoving, you can access the free resource bank here with images and social posts.
Being physically active matters during this period and, actually, we think it’s more important than ever right now. Moving more reduces 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 a depression, stress and anxiety.
In children, moving more helps them to develop healthily, supporting bone and muscle growth, while helping with balance and co-ordination.
A recent YouGov survey, found that more than a third (36%) of Greater Manchester adults say they have been less physically active since lockdown began. This is why we have created #KeepGMMoving, to encourage Greater Manchester residents to keep moving to benefit their physical and mental wellbeing during these difficult times.
When you are moving, make sure you adhere to the government guidance on social distancing, which can be found here.
Community groups, clubs and organisations are key, central figures in local communities, and we know that many will be struggling during the pandemic. We are here to support you to make it through these difficult times. We have compiled a number of methods of support available to you, and are offering direct support where we can. Visit the Sector support page here for more information.