Why keep active in Salford?

Keeping active has so many benefits and regular exercise will help keep your body and mind in great shape.

Salford is spoilt for choice for places to get out and get active, with great leisure facilities, parks and even waterways. So what's stopping you?

Improve your health

Exercising will help you look better, improve fitness, lose weight, increase the function of your heart and lungs, reduce your cholesterol level and reduce your risk of long term health conditions – meaning you won't have to visit the doctor or hospital as much.

It's also good for the mind, improves sleep and helps reduce stress and beat depression. And, it's a good way to get out and meet new people, making you feel better and more confident.

How much should I do?

To see the benefits, adults should be doing moderate exercise such as cycling or fast walking for a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 times a week.  Even gentle exercise will have a positive effect on your physical and mental health.

Setting a goal

Why do you want to be more active and how can you do it? Want to be healthier, lose weight, enjoy more time with the grandkids?

Setting goals always works best when they're SMART.

  1. 1

    Specific - Exactly what is it you want to do? Get fitter? Lose weight? Be able to run 5km?

  2. 2

    Measurable - How will you tell when you've hit your goal? When you can swim 20 lengths? Beat a certain time running?

  3. 3

    Achievable - Do you THINK you can hit this goal? They can be as easy or hard as you like.

  4. 4

    Realistic - Can you spare the time, effort and maybe even money to hit this goal? Break big goals down into smaller ones, like being able to lift 8kg before going on to 12kg.

  5. 5

    Time-bound - Set yourself a date for when you want to achieve your goal and stick to it.

Stay motivated

Write down your goals and stick to them. Follow the SMART tips and soon you'll be on your way. Make them as hard or as easy as you like, the important thing ia reaching them.

So give it a try. You'll feel great once you've hit your first one and will soon be on to the next!