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Be Active At Home in manchester

We are committed to supporting you to be active, wherever and whenever that may be. To keep you abreast of all that’s happening across sport and physical activity in Manchester, we encourage you to explore the vast resources below to help you stay healthy and active at home, no matter your ability.

Here Mancunians can access various activities that parents, children, young adults and families can take part in and feel inspired your own home, garden or nearest outdoor green space. 

And if you needed a little more motivation - be sure to  follow MCRactive on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for inspiration and support so you can keep active.


You will find below a seelction of proactive resources to help on your journey to be more active and maintain levels of physical activity and do what you can to move more each day. From zumba to full body workouts, we have plenty of free online fitness recourses to help get fit and have some fun from your own home.

Click here to visit the Sport England website and see how you can 'Join The Movement'

Alternatively select the links below to see what Fitness Classes are available for you:

At Home Workout Videos
Over 50s Fitness Videos

NHS 10 Minute Workout

HS Gym Free Workouts

Couch To Fitness

Zumba With Greg

Here you will find a range of on demand fitness classes, workouts and online exercises from your local trusted leisure centres across Manchester, to help you keep your body and mind healthy, even when you can’t get to your gym, pool or court.
Offers a wide range of online exercises suitable for all ages and abilities that can be accessed via the Better UK App available here.
On demand access to workouts are available for free on the Better UK app, available from the Apple or Google Play stores. 

Once you’ve opened the app on your device:
1. Select your preferred 'club' name
2. Tap Virtual fitness classes 
3. Tap the SIGN UP button in the top right corner
4. Enter your first name, last name, email and create a password
5. Enter BETTERATHOME as the Club Access Code
6. View and accept the terms and conditions
7. Tap the SIGN UP button
If you have a personal computer, laptop or casting device for your TV, you can enjoy the virtual classes on a bigger screen. Click the 'Use desktop version' button below and log in or follow steps 3-7 above if you're signing in for the first time.
Home Exercise
Try out some easy and gentle exercises that  can be done indoors without the need for any gym equipment. From Seated Yoga to Low Impact Cardio, you'll benefit from guided postures and breathing exercises to help you get stronger, feel grounded and be more balanced. Once you’ve logged into the virtual classes, tap the magnifying glass in the top right corner and search for classes under the senior category.
Virtual Classes
The virtual classes feature allows you to access a free library of 600 online fitness classes. Classes range from 15-60 minutes in length and include exercises and workouts run by the world’s top instructors, across a range of categories, including strength and conditioning, weight loss and mind-body.
Workouts Of The Week
Here's a few of our favourite online classes and at-home workouts for you to try. Once you’ve logged into the Better at Home Virtual Classes, simply tap the magnifying glass in the top right corner; tap SEARCH and type the name of the virtual class to find out more and start moving:
- Strength Basic - Short and Sharp
- BoxxHIIT30 - Full Body
- Move It! Kids Dance
- Well Balanced Flow
- Booty Blast
- Yoga - Lower Body Release
- Coremageddon


Get FREE access to over 2500 workouts via Everyone on Demand. Spice up your at-home workouts with the ultimate variety in on-demand-fitness.
From the comfort of your own home you can find and make use of: 
- Over 2,500+ workouts and classes
- All your favourite classes – Yoga, HIIT, Combat, Dance, Strength and much more
- Fresh new classes and workouts continually added
- Wide range no matter your age or ability
- Workout how you want, when you want and where ever you want to
- Available on smart phones and tablets (iOS & Android) – view on your laptop or on your TV
- No equipment needed – workouts with or without weights or other equipment
- Access to the NHS approved app, EXI
SIGN UP TO THE FORUM HERE for only £9.99 and get FREE access throughout November.

There are many things you can do at home as a family to stay active and have fun, including keeping active with various activities. Here are some great ways you can have enjoy yourselves in Manchester. 

Select one of the web links below to see what you and your family can do:

Love Exploring App

Get Out & Go Series

GM Walking - Creative Ways To Stay Active

All Sorts To Do At Home

Calling all Mums, Dads and Carers of Manchester. Running out of ideas to keep the kids entertained? Explore the various activities below for children to do at home, in the garden and on your daily exercise walks. 

Click here to visit Sport Englands website and 'Join the Movement'

Select one of the web links below to see what your children can get involved in:

Home Fitness
PE With Joe

 Like To Move It Zumba Dance

Maintaining healthy in old age is crucial, for both physical health and emotional wellbeing, and finding ways to keep your loved ones active is a positive step in caring for them. In sustained support of our older and vulnerable residents, we have collated various recources below no matter your ability. 

Select from the links below to see what over 50 classes are available to you:

At Home Workout Videos
Over 50s Fitness Videos

Join the Movement - Older Adults

Buzz Manchester Online Exercise Video Classes

ver Fifty Fitness

Keeping Well At Home Booklet - Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Ageing Hub


This is the place to learn about courses and best practice as well as to discover useful tips and techniques from various Sports across Manchester. Scroll down and select the topics and online courses you want to view. 

Select from the links below to see what sport specific classes are available for you:

Basketball England  

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important.

You may feel worried or anxious about your finances, your health or those close to you. Perhaps you feel bored, frustrated or lonely. It's important to remember that it's OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently.

We encourage you to stay as active as you possibly can, but above all make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.

Select from the links below to see what resources are available to you.
Sport England Join the Movement - Mental Health

Manchester Art Gallery Stay Well Exhibition

NHS Every Mind Matters

Dr Radha's 5 Mental Health Tips for Lockdown

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources by MIND

UZZ Manchester Mental Health Guides

Age UK Manchester Counselling Service for 60+ and their carers

The benefits of walking and cycling to our physical and mental wellbeing are well known, but its place in society has taken on even more significance following the lockdown periods the country experienced as a result of the pandemic.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy this within your local area, see below. Select from the links listed below to see what walking and cycling opportunties are available to you:


If you're going outside to get fresh air and to get active, now more than ever is a time to explore locally.

There has been a great deal of study into the benefits of green space on physical and mental well-being. Spending two hours per week, whether this is one visit or multiple visits to a green space, has a significant effect on good health and life satisfaction, and is true for almost every group both young and old, wealthy and poor, urban and rural people.

Manchester's 1,000+ hectares of land that make up our beautiful parks and open spaces remain open. Make sure you use this green retreats to support your physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Use our FIND ACTIVITY to search for your nearest park.

Alternatively, select from the links listed below to see what opportunites are available to you:
Manchester Green Trails - 14 unique trails

Couch To Fitness

Get Out & Go Series

New Footsteps, New Discoveries - Ancoats

GM Walking - Creative Ways To Stay Active

When you’re managing a health condition, being active is about finding what works for you, particularly when the way you feel can change from day to day.

Select from the links listed below to see for more specific information and helpful content:

We are Undefeatable YouTube videos

Sport England's 'Join the Movement' campaign has also brought together some more specific content from expert partners to help.

British Blind Sports Active At Home Programme

Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing - inspiring lifelong opportunities for people with complex disabilities to be creative and active

Linked below are a collection of boredom-buster ways to keep you and the kids creative, and an important resource for your mental health. Select a link for more information: