We’re all looking forward to getting out and about again as lockdown restrictions begin to lift and life gradually returns to something like normality. And if you’re feeling the lack of exercise, the good news is that you don’t need any special skills or equipment to get moving – you can make a difference just by moving more each day. Below you will find a number of resources and videos to help you to keep moving, both in your home and outdoors.
We're now able to exercise outdoors, with up to six people from different households, as long as you keep two metres away from people as a precaution or one metre when you can mitigate the risk by taking other precautions in this list. As more businesses and locations are able to re-open, more ways to keep moving are starting to become available to us, including outdoor gyms, playgrounds and community centres. For more information about what we can, and can't do and how to maintain social distancing, please read the government guidelines 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.
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.