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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have a long term health condition click here for further inspiration and support.
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For more information about moving and leading a healthier life visit the GM Health Hub
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.