Are you thinking about moving more?

Moving more doesn’t have to involve sweating buckets, pumping iron or running marathons. It could be dancing around the kitchen, jumping in puddles with the kids, walking the dog or running for the bus. However you move, as long as you move more, it all counts.

What's stopping you from moving more?

I don't have the time

Setting aside 30 minutes can feel daunting. Your busy life just gets in the way. But how does 10 minutes sound?

I want to spend time with my family

When your free time is at a premium, you need to choose how to make the most of it. Quality time with your loved ones, or working on your fitness on your own?

My health makes it difficult

Around 1 in 3 people have at least one long-term health condition. Whether affected by heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems, musculoskeletal conditions or anything else, you are not alone in feeling that your health makes being active a distant dream.

Its too expensive

Taking up a new hobby might feel like a hit to your wallet – but you don’t need a gym membership, specialist equipment or a personal coach to get active.

There's nothing near me

You might think you’re miles away from your nearest opportunity – but there are loads of ways to be active in Greater Manchester. Visit our page with links to local activities to find out what’s available near where you live or work. You could be surprised by what’s on your doorstep.

The weather

We love living in Greater Manchester – but not, it must be said, for the weather. Even in summer, the next spell of rain never feels far away. And as the days draw in and temperatures drop, it’s ever more tempting to bunker down and hibernate.

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Different ways to get moving

Small changes can make a big difference. Move your way for just 30 minutes a day and feel better.

It’s up to you how you get active. The more fun you have, and the easier it is to fit you’re your routine, the better.

Whether from the comfort of your home, fitting around your working day, or out and about in your local area, here are some ideas to get you moving…

Out and about

At home

At work or school

Getting active together


Anything that makes you move more

Did you know in Greater
Manchester that...


All adults should aim to do the recommended 30 minutes of activity each day


Young people aged between 5 and 18 need to do at least 60 minutes of activity each day


Toddlers should be physically active for at least 180 minutes every day


More than 756,0000 local adults do less than 30 minutes of exercise a week

1 in 6

Inactivity is the cause of 1 in 6 deaths

1 in 5

Only 1 in 5 children are active enough outside school

Top 10

Doing less than half an hour of activity each week is one of the top 10 causes of early deaths


Physical activity can help manage or prevent more than 20 chronic health conditions


More than half of resident walked at least twice in the past month – making walking the most popular form of activity

Need some inspiration?

Gordon, Rochdale

“I enjoy the exercise and I enjoy the company. The mental benefits are superb. I feel like I belong”.

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