That Counts! is the public campaign that’s inspiring us all to move more, in our own way.

It doesn’t have to be great feats of endurance, running marathons or pumping iron, you can choose your own moves! 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. Moving for just 30 minutes throughout the day has so many benefits.

Whatever way people choose to do it, moving more can improve health and wellbeing. In the long-term it also helps protect against serious illnesses like cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Updated guidance in response to coronavirus

The covid-19 crisis is unprecedented in modern times. The most recent Government announcements have escalated measures that now mandate people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes, which could have a negative impact on our activity levels. Whilst population health is the absolute priority, we want to encourage and support people to find their way to continue to be active for at least 30 minutes (60 minutes for children) each day. We have collated a number of ways that you, and your family, can keep moving whilst physically distancing – view them here.

That Counts!

We're encouraging people across Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan to get involved, start moving more and share ways to fit activity into everyday life.

Move more. Sleep well. Feel better.

Sitting still isn’t good for us. Our bodies are meant to be active - moving around and getting as much fresh air as we can. And the less active we are, the more likely we are to develop health conditions, or make existing ones worse. Rest isn’t always best – moving more could actually be the best medicine …

It’s up to you how you get active. The more fun you have, and the easier it is to fit into your routine, the better. But it’s important to make sure that whatever you do, you’re getting the benefits, too.

  • Anything that makes you move more counts!
  • Dancing round the kitchen while you’re washing up.
  • Running after the kids in the garden.
  • A kick-about in the park.
  • Walking to school, or work, the dog, or even to the corner shop.
  • Jumping in muddle puddles in the rain.
  • Trying a new YouTube yoga move.
  • Reviving your childhood skipping skills.
  • Scooting the school run, and back again.

It counts if:

  • You can feel your heart pumping faster
  • You're feeling warmer
  • You're getting a bit sweaty
  • You're breathing faster (Not Mo Farah faster, just a little out of breath!)

Living with long term health conditions

If you have a long term health condition click here for further inspiration and support.

Want to move more?

To search for activities in your local area visit


For more information about moving and leading a healthier life visit the GM Health Hub

Active workplaces

That Counts! is everyone's campaign. We love to hear from organisations that want to use the campaign assets in their own workplaces.

Contact us to find out how you can join the movement.

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