The benefits of moving more

You can’t ignore the benefits of moving more. Just 30 minutes of activity a day helps increase your energy, so can get more done. It helps you sleep well too, so you’ll feel more awake during the day, and be able to concentrate better. It can also really improve your mood as well as your fitness, helping you to feel happier and healthier. While sitting still can increase your risk of developing health conditions, moving more can significantly reduce your risk of developing things like arthritis, cancer, diabetes, obesity, anxiety, depression and dementia.

Physical health

Doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week is one of the top 10 causes of early deaths.

Regular exercise can help prevent obesity and chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

It can also help manage more than 20 chronic health conditions.

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Mental wellbeing

The rewards for being active go beyond physical health.

Moving more can also improve your mental health, boost your mood, reduce feelings of stress, increase self-esteem, and strengthen friendships, family and community relationships.

You could see your energy levels increase, so can get more done and feel more fulfilled. You could sleep better, feeling more awake during the day and able to concentrate better.

Personal development

Being more active can positively change your life. As well as boosting your physical health and mental wellbeing, it can boost your confidence and help develop new social and practical skills.

While making you healthier and happier, you could get on further in your career too. Active people typically take fewer sick days - and it has been calculated that those doing 30 minutes of exercise three times a week have increased earnings of an average of 7.5%

Social & community

Whether walking, running, swimming, cycling or playing sports, being active offers many reasons to get out and about, strengthening existing friendships and building new ones.

As well as providing new opportunities, being active can help boost your confidence, resilience and wellbeing, leaving you better able to make the most of them.

A more active population will help establish Greater Manchester as one of the world’s best places too – contributing to reduced inequalities, greater economic development and improved air quality and environment.

If you’re thinking about moving more, there's some information to help you on your journey