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Stay active

Moving improves our health, happiness and wellbeing. Across Greater Manchester there are many free or affordable ways to build physical activity into our daily life.

Free and affordable activities

Sport England provides tips on how to keep or get active while or Couch To Fitness offers a free and flexible at-home exercise plan, including pre and post-natal, Afrobics and Bhangra, and family fit series.

For guidance for older adults and those with long-term health conditions visit the Greater Manchester Moving website.


To get started on your walking journey, the GM Walking website has everything you need.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM) also provide ways for you to explore your neighbourhood by walking.


Parkruns are free, weekly community events organised across various parks. Find one near you: Visit the Park Run webpage.


TfGM offers help and advice on cycling. There’s also free cycle training available across Greater Manchester: Find out more and book your course


If you’re aged 16 or under you can enjoy free swimming during school holidays and in general swim sessions, at council run leisure centres. If you’re aged 60 and above, then you can enjoy free swimming all year round at dedicated times. View your council page or local swimming centre for more information. 

Finding activities in your area