Getting more active

Connect and start to change your lifestyle

What

Exercise is the miracle cure we've always had, but for too long we've neglected to take our recommended dose.

All the activities we run in the Health Improvement Service are at a low level, and support people to take the first steps to get more active. There is a whole range of different activities for people to join, and we’ll help you to find something that suits you.

Remember – it’s never too late to start getting more active. Any activity is better than none, and more is better still!

Why

People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing many long-term (chronic) conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stressdepression, and dementia.

To stay healthy, the UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines, on GOV.UK, state that adults should try to be active every day and aim to do at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week, through a variety of activities, including aerobic activity such as brisk walking, and muscle strengthening activities.

Who

Our physical activity sessions are for anyone who lives or works in Salford. You must be aged 18+ to book onto a session. Children can be brought to sessions where stated.

Where

Our physical activity sessions take place across Salford, in every neighbourhood, at a location or venue near you.

Take a look below – we’re confident there is an activity just waiting for you to get started with!

How to book

We’ve broken our physical activity sessions down into sections below. To book on to any session, you can do any of the below three options:

  1. Book online using the booking form within any section that has one available (at present, this is just for the Walks for Wellness and outdoor gym sessions)
  2. Call 0800 952 1000 and select option two
  3. Email health.improvement@salford.gov.uk including the details of the session you wish to book on for

If you would like to discuss anything before booking, or for further information on any of our physical activity sessions, call us free on 0800 952 1000 (option two), Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm.

You can also follow our Facebook page or Twitter account for lots of handy hints and tips.

Health Improvement Connect: Connect and start to change your lifestyle

Indoor kurling and games group

A social support group with board games and indoor kurling. For social engagement and fitness rolled into one.

To book your place call 0800 952 1000 and select option two, or email health.improvement@salford.gov.uk including the details of the session you wish to book on for.

Day Time Location Frequency Extra information
Tuesday 12.30pm to 1.30pm

East

Energise Centre, Douglas Green, M6 6ES

Every Tuesday from 14 February – 21 March

Come join us for a fun Kurling session, have a brew and chat, socialise. All abilities welcome.

Thursday 1pm to 2pm

Irlam

Irlam and Cadishead Leisure Centre, Liverpool Road, Irlam M44 6BR

 

Every Thursday - ongoing

Low impact exercise. Friendly tuition provided.

All equipment provided.

Friday 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Eccles

Westwood Park Community Centre, Grassmere Crescent Winton, M30 8DN

Every Friday - ongoing from 27 January 23

Indoor Kurling.
Gentle fun activity for all abilities.

Walk for wellness

Social walk around the surrounding areas at a leisurely pace. Aims to address physical, emotional, health and mental wellbeing. Please wear suitable footwear and bring some water.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get moving and stay healthy, this group also provides the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people and learn more about leading a healthy lifestyle.

Book your place now

Or call 0800 952 1000 (option two)

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Monday 1pm to 2pm

Claremont

Light Oaks Park, M6 7GN, meet up at kiosk

Every Monday - ongoing A leisurely walk around the park. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a bottle of water.
Tuesday 10am to 11am

Irlam

Irlam and Cadishead Leisure Centre,  Liverpool Road, Irlam, M44 6BR

Every Tuesday - ongoing Leisurely walk around local the local area
Tuesday 10.30am to 11.30am

Eccles

Meet in Duke's Drive car park, Monton Green, M30 8AP

Every Tuesday - ongoing

A leisurely walk around local greenspace. Please wear suitable shoes.

Tuesday 12pm to 2pm

East

Sacred Trinity Church, Chapel Street, M3 7WQ

Every Tuesday - ongoing

Health and History walk

A social gentle walking group. Exploring the history and development around the Chapel Street / Greengate area.

Tuesday 1.30pm to 3pm

Little Hulton/ Walkden

Peel Park, M38 0BU

Every Tuesday from 17 January - ongoing Gentle walk for all abilities that will help you to improve your fitness and lose weight.
Thursday 1.30pm to 3pm

Little Hulton / Walkden

Parr Fold Park M28 7DU

Every Thursday - ongoing A walk for the more accomplished walker. Please wear suitable footwear and bring water.
Friday 10am to 11am

East

Littleton Road (entrance to the wetlands)

Every Friday starting 24 March - ongoing A leisurely walk around the park. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a bottle of water. No booking required just come along.
Friday 10am to 11am

Irlam

Irlam and Cadishead Leisure Centre, Liverpool Road, Irlam. M44 5BR

Every Friday - ongoing A leisurely walk around the park. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a bottle of water. No booking required just come along.
Friday 1pm to 2pm

Irlam

ASDA Peel Green, 510 Liverpool Road. Peel Green. M30 7JA

Every Friday - ongoing A leisurely walk around the park. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a bottle of water. No booking required just come along.
Saturday 1pm to 2pm

Swinton

Clifton Country Park visitors centre, Clifton House Road, Swinton

Every Saturday - ongoing A leisurely walk around the park. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a bottle of water. No booking required just come along.
Sunday 11am to 12pm

Irlam

Irlam and Cadishead Leisure Centre. Liverpool Road, Irlam, M44 6BR

Every Sunday - ongoing A 1-hour leisurely walk around local greenspace. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a bottle of water.

Outdoor gym

Gentle gym exercises on outdoor equipment. Wear suitable clothing and bring a bottle of water.

Book your outdoor gym place now 

Or you can book your place by calling 0800 952 1000 and selecting option two, or email health.improvement@salford.gov.uk including the details of the session you wish to book on for.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information

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Buggy walks

Come and join fellow mums for a social walk with your child. Designed to support and help get you back into light exercise, while enjoying some fresh air and the sights and sounds of nature.

To book your place call 0800 952 1000 and select option two, or email health.improvement@salford.gov.uk including the details of the session you wish to book on for.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information

Wednesday 

10.30am to 11.30am

Worsley

Meet at Beesley Green Community Centre Car Park, Greenleach Lane, Worsley M28 2QW

Every Wednesday - ongoing from 25 January 2023

A leisurely buggy walk around local greenspace. Please wear suitable shoes.

Anyone for tennis

Have a go at tennis in a relaxed and friendly environment. Beginner’s welcome.

To book your place call 0800 952 1000 and select option two, or email health.improvement@salford.gov.uk including the details of the session you wish to book on for.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information

Friday

1pm to 3pm

Eccles

Winton Bowling and Tennis Social Club. Brookside/Grange Road Winton M30 8JW

Every Friday - ongoing

Have a go at tennis. Beginner’s welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a drink.

Sit down and strengthen

Gentle, fun and enjoyable way to exercise from the comfort of your chair. Everyone welcome and suitable for all abilities.

To book your place call 0800 952 1000 and select option two, or email health.improvement@salford.gov.uk including the details of the session you wish to book on for.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information

Tuesday

1pm to 2pm

Eccles

Eccles Gateway, 28 Barton Lane, M30 0TU

Every Tuesday - ongoing

Chair-based exercises

Wednesday

2pm to 3pm

Ordsall

Thorn Court, M6 5EL

Every Wednesday from 11 January to 8 February

Seated gentle exercises along with relaxation

Thursday

11am to 12pm

Ordsall

(closed group)

Headway Cross Lane, M5 4HH

 

Every Thursday from 12 January to 2 February

Seated gentle exercises along with relaxation

Couch to 5k

Do you want to have fun while getting fit and working towards a goal? In this beginners running group an instructor will guide you through the NHS Couch to 5k programme, supporting you every step of the way to gradually build your running time and distance up each week. Doing this as part of a group will make it fun an add the accountability and support from others who are at the same starting point.

To book your place call 0800 952 1000 and select option two, or email health.improvement@salford.gov.uk including the details of the session you wish to book on for.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information

Tuesday

10am to 11am

Little Hulton / Walkden

Parr Fold Park, M28 7DU

Every Tuesday from 17 January to 21 March

Running plan for absolute beginners.

Get on your bike!

Come and join the Health Improvement Team, cycling your way to fitness. No matter your ability or skills on a bike, we are here to help you and have sessions suitable for beginners and those returning to cycling.

To book your place call 0800 952 1000 and select option two, or email health.improvement@salford.gov.uk including the details of the session you wish to book on for.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information

Monday

10am to 12pm

Little Hulton and Walkden

Blackleach Country Park, John Street, M28 3TD

Every Monday - ongoing

Come along and enjoy cycling your way to fitness. Bikes and helmets can be provided.

Thursday

9.30am to 11.30am

East

Meet at Spiritan Church, Northallerton Road M7 3TP

 

Every Thursday from 23 March - ongoing

Come and join the Health Improvement Team, cycling your way to fitness. No matter your ability or skills on a bike, we are here to help you.

Friday

10am to 12pm

Eccles

Cleavley’s Track, Blantyre Street, Eccles, M30 8HY

Every Friday from 3 February - ongoing

Gain confidence by Cycling on the smooth surface of Cleavley athletic track.

Bike ride for beginners and people returning to cycling. The session will help you to improve your cycling skills and confidence in the safe environment of Cleavley athletic track. Bikes and helmets provided.

Household gym

Beginners exercise group. For all abilities, everyone welcome. An instructor will guide you through simple exercises that can be altered to your ability and are simple enough to do at home with what you have available around you.

To book your place call 0800 952 1000 and select option two, or email health.improvement@salford.gov.uk including the details of the session you wish to book on for.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information

Wednesday

10am to 10.45am

Little Hulton / Walkden

Bethany Church, M38 0EN

Every Wednesday - ongoing

Gentle circuit class

Wednesday

10am to 11am

Worsley

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Ellenbrook Road, M28 1FR

Every Wednesday - ongoing

Join the team for an enjoyable gym session held inside the church.

Gentle beatfit

Have fun to music, learn a new skill, make friends and socialise.

To book your place call 0800 952 1000 and select option two, or email health.improvement@salford.gov.uk including the details of the session you wish to book on for.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information

Wednesday

10.30am to 11.30am

Ordsall

Mount Carmel Court, M5 3LU

Every Wednesday from 18 January to 22 February

Fun exercise sessions to music using drum sticks and yoga balls

Beginners crown green bowls

Low impact exercise. Friendly tuition provided by St John's Bowling members.

To book your place call 0800 952 1000 and select option two, or email health.improvement@salford.gov.uk including the details of the session you wish to book on for.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
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Get active

Dancing session: suitable for beginners and chair-based participants. A gentle but fun fitness class, based around dance and throwback classics! Dance your way back into fitness! A lovely, social experience for all.

To book your place call 0800 952 1000 and select option two, or email health.improvement@salford.gov.uk including the details of the session you wish to book on for.

Day Timings Location Frequency Extra information
Monday 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Swinton

Wardley Community Centre, 30 Ash Drive, Swinton M27 9RS

Every Monday - ongoing

Let's dance: suitable for beginners and chair-based participants.

A gentle but fun fitness class, based around dance and throwback classics! Dance your way back into fitness! A lovely, social experience for all.

Thursday 10.30am to 11.30am

Swinton

Worsley United Reformed Church, Worsley Road, Swinton M27 0EF

Every Thursday - ongoing  

Dancing session: suitable for beginners and chair-based participants.

A gentle but fun fitness class, based around dance and throwback classics! Dance your way back into fitness! A lovely, social experience for all.

Thursday 2pm to 3.30pm

East

Rialto Gardens, M74BL

 

Every Thursday - ongoing

Dancing session: suitable for beginners and chair-based participants.

A gentle but fun fitness class, based around dance and throwback classics! Dance your way back into fitness! A lovely, social experience for all.

Friday 1pm to 2pm

Swinton

Worsley Road United Reformed Church, Worsley Road, Swinton M27 0EF

 

Every Friday - ongoing

Dancing session: suitable for beginners and chair-based participants.

A gentle but fun fitness class, based around dance and throwback classics! Dance your way back into fitness! A lovely, social experience for all.

 

This page was last updated on 13 January 2023

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