Skip to main content

Please wait while we create a summary for this..!

BE ACTIVE AT HOME in Manchester

BE ACTIVE AT HOME in manchester

As we remain in lockdown 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, incuding over 40 free live-streamed classes, that parents, children, young adults and families can take part in and feel inspired through...in 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.

Visit our social wall for inspiration of how your fellow Mancunians and the city is keeping active. Share your tips and ideas using #MCRactive to appear on our wall, and engage with us across social and help others.


Now, more than ever, is the time for us to be proactive around our levels of physical activity and do what we can to move more each day whilst our city is in lockdown. 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.

Join The Movement

Fitness Classes
At Home Workout Videos

NHS 10 Minute Workout

N
HS Gym Free Workouts

Couch To Fitness

Zumba
Zumba With Greg

Manchester’s trusted local gyms have opened up free access to members and non-members to over 40 weekly live streamed classes to join as part of a local online community.
Take part in some of the popular classes this week: 
 
- Yoga
- HIIT
- Legs, Bums & Tums
- Core Conditioning 
- Pilates 
- Cardio

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.
 
BETTER AT HOME
 
Offers a wide range of online exercises suitable for all ages and abilities that can be accessed via the Better UK app.
 
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

WYTHENSHAWE FORUM / EVERYONE ON DEMAND

Say no to lockdown-loafing! 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 TODAY 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 during lockdown in Manchester. 

Exploring
Love Exploring App

Get Out & Go Series

GM Walking - Creative Ways To Stay Active

Activities
All Sorts To Do At Home

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

Join the Movement - with Kids

Athletics 
Home Fitness
PE With Joe

I
 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. 

Join the Movement - Older Adults

Buzz Manchester Online Exercise Video Classes

O
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. 

Athletics 
Cycling 
Football 
Basketball England  
 
 

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important if you are staying at home.

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.
 
Join the Movement - Mental Health

Manchester Art Gallery Stay Well Exhibition

Resources
NHS Every Mind Matters

Dr Radha's 5 Mental Health Tips for Lockdown

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources by MIND

B
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 during lockdown. There are plenty of ways to enjoy this within your local area, see below. 

Walking
Manchester Green Trails - 14 unique trails

Find your walking route

New Footsteps, New Discoveries - Ancoats

Mini Beast Hunt Outdoor Activity

Go Jauntly App - features various walking activities across Manchester 

Cycling

If you're going outside to get fresh air and to get active, now more than ever is a time to explore locally. You can still exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household (you cannot meet in a private garden).

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 PLACES to search for your nearest park.
 
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.

We are Undefeatable YouTube videos

Join the Movement have 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

A collection of boredom-buster ways to keep you and the kids creative during lockdown, an important resource for your mental health.