Moving outdoors

With restrictions to our permitted outdoor activity reducing, we are 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. We can now exercise outdoors as often as we wish, use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course, outdoor gyms and playgrounds following social distancing guidelines.


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 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 physical 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.

Man using outdoor gym equipment

Outdoor gyms

With outdoor gyms now being able to re-open, we've compiled information about the locations of outdoor gyms across Greater Manchester and when they are re-opening.

Find the locations and re-opening status 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.

GetOutside Inside

Over 50 national organisations in the outdoor recreation industry have come together to keep you connected with the outdoors and engaged with our natural environments whilst we all continue to self-isolate to help protect our communities. Find out more here.