That Counts! is the public campaign that’s inspiring us all to move more, in our own way.
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.
Whatever way people choose to do it, moving more can improve health and wellbeing. In the long-term it also helps protect against serious illnesses like cancer, heart disease and stroke.
We're encouraging people across Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan to get involved, start moving more and share ways to fit activity into everyday life.
People across the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester can look out for the campaign in their area from September 2019 and get involved on Instagram and Facebook using the handle @ThatCountsGM.
Move more. Sleep well. Feel better.
Sitting still isn’t good for us . Our bodies are meant to be active - moving around and getting as much fresh air as we can. And the less active we are, the more likely we are to develop health conditions, or make existing ones worse. Rest isn’t always best – moving more could actually be the best medicine …
It’s up to you how you get active. The more fun you have, and the easier it is to fit into your routine, the better. But it’s important to make sure that whatever you do, you’re getting the benefits, too.
- Anything that makes you move more counts!
- Dancing round the kitchen while you’re washing up.
- Running after the kids in the garden.
- A kick-about in the park.
- Walking to school, or work, the dog, or even to the corner shop.
- Jumping in muddle puddles in the rain.
- Trying a new YouTube yoga move.
- Reviving your childhood skipping skills.
- Scooting the school run, and back again.
It counts if:
You can feel your heart pumping faster
You’re feeling warmer
You’re getting a bit sweaty
You’re breathing faster
(Not Mo Farah faster, just a little out of breath!)
Let's make some noise!
That Counts! is everyone’s campaign. We love to hear from organisations that want to use the campaign assets in their own workplaces and we’re developing a partner toolkit so that you can access, adapt and download materials. Contact us to find out how you can join the movement at email@example.com
We love to chat and have loads of ideas to share. Let’s get Greater Manchester moving together.
Mayor Andy Burnham, said: “Greater Manchester residents are already taking great strides to become more active – and we’re tackling inactivity three times faster than the national average. We’ve got a lot to celebrate, but there’s still some way to go and barriers we can start to tackle as a community. That Counts! will be an active, engaging and fun campaign that shows it doesn’t matter what you do, or how you do it, there are loads of ways to make movement count".