The covid-19 crisis is unprecedented in modern times. The Covid-19 lockdown mandating people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes, 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 keep moving for at least 30 minutes (60 minutes for children) each day.
Why this is important
Being physically active matters during this period and, actually, we think it’s more important than ever right now. Moving more reduces the risk of serious health conditions and life-limiting diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Being more active also helps keep bodies strong and flexible as they age, and can help alleviate conditions such a depression, stress and anxiety.
In children, moving more helps them to develop healthily, supporting bone and muscle growth, while helping with balance and co-ordination.
A recent YouGov survey, found that more than a third (36%) of Greater Manchester adults say they have been less physically active since lockdown began. This is why we have created #KeepGMMoving, to encourage Greater Manchester residents to keep moving to benefit their physical and mental wellbeing during these difficult times.
When you are moving, make sure you adhere to the government guidance on physical distancing, which can be found here.
Your involvement is really helpful for understanding the attitudes and behaviours towards physical activity during this period of government-imposed lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Your responses will be used to help us support people who are less able to be active, and understand new ways that people are being active