Being Active

That Counts!

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.


Manchester Health Walks

The Manchester Health walks are free, open to all and are very accessible. We are keen to support people with long term health conditions, those looking to get and keep active and people affected by cancer on our walks.


Zion & Kath Locke Centres

Community centres with activities, courses and classes including kundalini yoga and Qigong.

Zion Centre

Kath Locke Centre

Timetable of activities

Manchester Girls Can

Manchester Girls Can is for all Manchester Women who fancy giving it a go, no matter how good they are or how they look! Fear of judgement is stopping many of us from taking part in exercise but as thousands of women across Manchester are proving, it really doesn’t have to.


Macmillan Connections South Manchester Walks

A range of walks for people affected by cancer and their friends and families. Walks are free and friendly.


NHS Weekly Activity Guidance

View information on physical activity guidelines.


Little Box Gym

There is a local family-run community gym near St Werburgh’s Road tram stop: “The Gym For People Who Don’t Do Gyms”


MCRactive - Get active in Manchester

The site is delivered through a collaboration and partnership between Manchester City Council and Eastlands Trust. Two like-minded and passionate organisations who share a vision, passion and commitment for this great city.


Park Lives

From buggy bootcamp, lunchtime workout, walk to run, family circuits, tai chi… FREE activities in our local parks with several regularly on at Alexandra Park, Whalley Range.


Want to get more active?

Get help and advice from NHS including 10 Minute workouts, 12 week fitness plan, running & cycling for beginners and much more.


Dancing, Gardening, Yoga and more

There are many local groups that involve physical activity and which welcome newcomers. Why not rekindle an old hobby or sport, or try something new? Singing is exercise too! Most places welcome beginners so put the fear aside! Doing something new can be life-changing. Here is just a sample of some local groups:

Solar Salsa – Cuban Salsa classes Tuesdays and Thursday evenings upstairs at The Royal Oak

Open Voice Community Choir – Open Voice is an friendly open choir of about 50 members who songs together from all over the world in a capella harmony. No experience necessary. Wednesdays 7.30-9pm at St Margaret’s Church, Whalley Range

Chorlton Ladies Singing Group – sing contemporary songs and meet new people. No need to book, simply turn up and give it a go! Mondays 7-8.30pm upstairs at The Lloyds, Chorlton.

Community Gardening  – we have a few local community gardens, Moss Side Community Allotment (Bowes Street, Moss Side), Riverbank Community Garden (Near Barlow Moor Road Tram stop) that meet regularly from spring to autumn on Tuesday evenings. “We are very informal and just meet up, do some weeding, planting and harvesting and share any harvest”, Chorlton Good Neighbours Community Garden (Wilbraham St Ninians Church, Chorlton), St Margaret’s Forever Community Garden (Brantingham Road, Whalley Range) “We meet every Saturday morning 11-1pm weather permitting and in the autumn we have orchard days”, Orchard49 (Seymore Grove Allotments), The Pankhurst Plot at Chorlton Park.

“Below are just a few of the yoga classes in and around this area:
Lishi Tai Chi and Yoga
One Yoga Studio 
The Yoga Rooms
Yoga Up
Yoga with Hannah

Beginners Tai Chi and Qi Gong in Chorlton, contact Karen on 07525 054 432 or email

Beginners Tai Chi at Firswood Community Centre contact John or Vicky 0161 860 4111 or 07507 773717

Art Class, St Margaret’s Social Centre, Brantingham Road M21 0TT every Tuesday 10-12.30pm open to everyone.
Contact John on 07503 325645 or email


Meetup is a social website collection of get-togethers and you can search for local Manchester Meetups in topics including sport and activity. It is organised around one simple idea: when we get together and do the things that matter to us, we’re at our best. Just getting together with others helps us to feel well.


NHS Couch to 5k

Find out more and download the nine-week set of Couch to 5K podcasts.