As we move through the government's roadmap out of lockdown more physical activity and sport opportunities will become available to us. There are many ways we can all keep moving safely both in our homes and outdoors. The pandemic has affected people's physical and mental health, but the good news is some simple movement can help to improve our wellbeing. Below you will find a number of resources and videos to help you to keep moving.
From Monday 17th May restrictions will loosen further as we reach Step 3 of the roadmap. This guidance will remain in place until we reach Step 4 of the roadmap. Following the government's announcement on 14th June, the move to Step 4 on the road map has been delayed from the 21st June as initially hoped. It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced. Read the full government guidance for phase 3 here.
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.
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 during this time. If you want to help to #KeepGMMoving, you can access the free resource bank here with images and social posts.