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

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

9.15am to 10.15am

Eccles

Eccles Recreational Ground, Oxford Road, Eccles, M30 0FG

From 9 May - ongoing

Meet at the entrance. A one hour easy walk around Eccles Park for ladies only.

Monday

1pm to 2pm

Claremont

Light Oaks Park, Claremont, M6 7GN

Every Monday – ongoing

Meeting point Pavilion / Tea'osk in the centre of the Park.

A leisurely walk around the park. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a bottle of water.

Monday

1.30pm to 2.30pm

Irwell Riverside

Peel Park, Salford, M5 4WU

Every Monday – ongoing

Meet outside Peel Park Gates on Wallness Lane off Fredrick Road. A leisurely walk around the park. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing, bring a bottle of water.

Tuesday

10am to 11am

Irlam

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

Every Tuesday - ongoing

A leisurely walk around the park and surrounding area. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a bottle of water. Meet outside main entrance. Everyone welcome.

Tuesday

10am to 11am

Claremont

Buile Hill Park, Eccles Old Road, M6 8GL

Every Wednesday – ongoing

Meeting point – The Mansion

Come and join us for a leisurely stroll around Buile Hill Park followed by some optional gentle exercises towards the end of the walk.

Tuesday

11am to 12pm

Pendleton

Holm Court, Churchill Way, M6 5FN

Every Tuesday - ongoing

Gentle exercises on outdoor gym equipment. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, bring a bottle of water.  

Tuesday

11am to 12pm

Eccles

Eccles Gateway, 28 Barton Lane, Eccles, M30 0TU

Every Tuesday – ongoing

Low level Social walk around local park. All abilities welcome.

Wednesday

10.30am to 11.30am

Little Hulton

Peel Park, Manchester Road, West, M38 0BX

From 11 May - ongoing

A Wellbeing Walk around the local area. Make new friends, have a chat and get a bit fitter. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing, bring a bottle of water.

Wednesday

10.30am to 11.30am

Worsley

Beesley Green Community Centre, Greenleach Lane, M28 2RT

Every Wednesday – ongoing

Easy paced walks around the beautiful paths of Worsley Woods.

Wednesday

From 1.30pm

Ordsall

Meet outside the Lowry Theatre

Every Wednesday – ongoing

Easy paced walk around the Quays. Meet outside the Lowry Theatre. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a bottle of water.

Thursday

1.30pm to 3pm

Little Hulton / Walkden

Parr Fold Park, Walkden Rd, M28 7HE

Every Thursday – ongoing

A gentle, social walk, aiming to address physical, emotional, health and mental wellbeing.  Please wear suitable footwear and bring some water.

Friday

10am to 11am

East

Kersal Wetlands, Littleton Road, M66DA (Cromwell Road Entrance)

Every Friday – ongoing

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, bring some water, children must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Friday

10am to 11am

Irlam

Prince's Park, Liverpool Road, Irlam, M44 6BR

Every Friday – ongoing

A wellbeing walk around the local area. Make new friends, have a chat and get a bit fitter. Please bring a bottle of water. Everyone welcome. Meet near the Garden Centre.

Friday

1pm to 2pm

Irlam

ASDA car park, 510 Liverpool Road, Peel Green, Eccles, M30 7JA

Every Friday from 4 March - ongoing

A wellbeing walk around the local area. Make new friends, have a chat and get a bit fitter. Please bring a bottle of water. Everyone welcome. Meet at the front of ASDA.

Saturday

1pm to 2pm

Swinton

Clifton Country Park Visitors Centre, Clifton

Every Saturday – ongoing

A light, enjoyable walk around Clifton Country Park. Social and physical activity open to all.

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

Monday

1pm to 2pm

Irlam

Prince's Park, Liverpool Road. Irlam. M44 6BR

Every Monday – ongoing

Meet at the outdoor gym near Prince's Park Garden Centre. Gentle gym exercises on outdoor equipment. Wear suitable clothing and bring a bottle of water.

Tuesday

2pm to 3pm

Ordsall

Holm Court, Churchill Way, M6 5FN

Every Tuesday - ongoing

Gentle exercises on outdoor gym equipment. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring a bottle of water

Thursday

1.45pm to 2.30pm

Swinton

The Hive, Victoria Park, Manchester Road, Swinton M27 4UR

Every Thursday - 5 May to 25 August

Beginners Outdoor Circuits: Enjoy a walk warm up followed by an exercise circuit incorporating the outdoor gym equipment. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Bring a bottle of water. Meet outside The Hive entrance. No session on 21 July.

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

Tuesday

1pm to 2pm

Ordsall

Oasis Community Hub, Trafford Road, Salford, M50 3UQ

Every Tuesday - until 17 May

Come and join us for a lovely walk around the Quays, buggy and baby friendly. Enjoy the fresh air, make new friends, encourage your child to interact with others.

Wednesday

10am to 11am

East

Green Grosvenor Park, Clarence Street, Lower Broughton, M7 1QZ

Every Wednesday – ongoing

Buggy Fit

Come and join fellow mums for a social walk with your child. Designed to support and help get you back into light exercise.

Thursday

9.30am to 10.30am

Irlam

Tiger Moth Pub, Swallow Drive, Irlam, M44 6PT

Every Thursday from 3 March – ongoing

Sensory Buggy Walk

A leisurely stroll around the district with babies in buggies or little walkers.   Stopping, looking and listening to nature and creating sounds.   Everyone welcome.

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 Timings Location Frequency Extra information

Wednesday

1.30pm to 2.30pm

Eccles

YCA Gladstone Road, Eccles, M30 0WY

Every Wednesday from 11 May - ongoing

Come along to our fun session and learn how to play Kurling.

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

Every Friday - ongoing

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

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 until 28 June

Armchair exercises followed by relaxation and tea or coffee

Thursday

2pm to 3pm

East

Rialto Gardens, Basten Drive, Higher Broughton, Salford, M7 4BL

Starts 27 January, on alternating Thursdays – ongoing

Healthy Hips and Hearts

Chair based exercise sessions targeting older people to reduce ill health, reduce falls, increase social interaction, improve balance and improve overall wellbeing

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

1.30pm to 2.30pm

Claremont

Oakwood Park, 62 Swinton Park Rd, Salford M6 7WR

(Meeting point at children’s playground)

Every Tuesday until 21 June

Do you want to have fun while getting fit and working towards a goal?

In this beginner’s 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 and add accountability and support from others who are at the same starting point.

Tuesday

5.30pm to 6.30pm

Little Hulton / Walkden

Parr Fold Park, Walkden Road, M28 7HE

Every Tuesday from 10 May to 13 July

Beginners running group. No experience necessary. Aim to run 5k by the end of 10 weeks. Please wear suitable footwear and bring water.

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 from 25 April

For the more experienced rider, use your own bike and helmet or book one.

Tuesday

1pm to 2pm

Irlam

Prince’s Park, Liverpool Road, Irlam, M44 6BR

Ongoing

A leisurely bike ride around the local area. Beginner’s welcome. Meet at the tennis courts. Use your own bike and helmet or call to book one.

Wednesday

12.30pm to 1.30pm

Claremont

Buile Hill Park, Eccles Old Road, Salford, M6 8GL

Ongoing

A cycling session to help improve skills and fitness. Bring your own bike and helmet or call to book one.

Friday

10am to 12pm

Eccles

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

Ongoing

Beginners Bike Rides

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

Monday

10am to 11am

Online through Microsoft Teams

Every Monday - ongoing

A way to be more active and improve your physical fitness from home. An instructor will guide you through simple exercises using everyday objects from around your home. These can be altered to your ability and what you have available around you.

We can help set you up on Microsoft Teams if you are unsure.

Thursday

10am to 11am

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

Every Thursday - ongoing

A gentle but fun fitness class, based around dance and throwback classics! Dance your way back into fitness!

Friday

10.30am to 11.30am

Moorlands Social Club, Liverpool Street, M6 5UQ

Every Friday - ongoing

A beginners exercise class suitable for all abilities. This session is a fun way to get active and learn different exercises that can also be done at home.

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

Thursday

12pm to 1pm

Irlam

Preston Hall, Preston Avenue M44 5XB

Every Thursday from 3 March - ongoing (except the second Thursday of the month)

Extremely fun way to do armchair exercises with a yoga ball and drumsticks. A very interactive session you will love. Everyone welcome.

Thursday

2pm to 3.30pm

Ordsall

Salford Women’s Centre, Halton Bank, M6 7AB

Every Thursday until 26 May

Women only, learn a new skill, have fun to music, make friends and socialise.

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