Moving outdoors

You can exercise in an outdoor public place with the people you live with, with your support bubble, in a childcare bubble where providing childcare or, when on your own, with one person from another household. Public outdoor places include parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests, free public gardens, heritage site grounds and playgrounds. Please follow the government guidelines on social distancing to do so safely.

Click here to view what activity is permitted during the national lockdown announced on 4th January 2021.


Walking is one of the easiest ways to move more if you're able to leave your house. Getting out of the house for a walk around your local area could be very beneficial for both your physical and mental wellbeing.

It is also a safe way to travel for any essential journeys that you may need to take, helping to reduce demand on public transport.

Greater Manchester Walking have a number of walking routes, tips and advice on their website here.

Share your walks with us on social media using #GMWalking!


Couch to 5k

A podcast which slowly works you up from walking to being able to run for 5km continuously that you can take at your own pace. Plug in your headphones and pound the pavement as you work your way up. Find out more and download the podcast online here.


As an activity done typically with one person per bike, cycling offers a great way to get outdoors and move more during this time of social distancing. Transport for Greater Manchester have numerous maps of cycle routes that you can ride along online here.

Cycling is also a safe way to make essential journeys and will help to reduce demand on public transport.

Let's Ride Local

British Cycling have created Let's Ride Local to encourage safe and responsible cycling - including tips and advice on riding locally, as well as instructions on teaching children how to ride. Find out more here.

Get out in the garden

Getting outside in your own back garden can be a simple and easy way to move more and get some fresh air. Do some gardening, play some swingball, there are loads of simple ways to move more in your own back garden.

Outdoor Gyms

Outdoor Gyms are currently closed under the national lockdown announced on 4th January 2021. We've compiled information about the locations of outdoor gyms across Greater Manchester. Find the locations here.