Staying Physically and Mentally Healthy​

It's important to look after your physical and mental health to help you to live well, for longer. It's never too late to work towards getting a healthier lifestyle, and it can have a range of benefits, including:

  • Reducing the risk of you becoming ill

  • Improving your mood 

  • Helping you get a good night’s sleep

  • Leading to greater involvement in your local community and new friendships

Here is some information and advice on different ways you can work towards better physical and mental health:

Sports, Activities and Fitness

Staying active is a great way to improve your physical health, but also your mental wellbeing. Our sports, activities and fitness pages have information on different ways you can get active, including cycling and walking, or joining a local Leisure Centre. MCRActive has information about sport offered across Manchester, facilities, activities and events for all ages and abilities. 

Healthy Eating

Food is essential to life and a major influence on health and general wellbeing. Eating a balanced, nutritious and safe diet is vital for physical and mental wellbeing, and protects against many diseases throughout life. Visit the NHS Live Well Guide for more information and advice on healthy eating. 

Drinking Less Alcohol

If you drink alcohol you may have experienced some of its short term health effects, like a hangover or a bad night's sleep. But people often only realise the longer term, serious health effects when it's too late. Find out more about alcohol's effects, and how to get help to cut down from the Drink Aware website.

If you are concerned about your own, or a loved one's drinking, you can find further information, advice and guidance on alcohol misuse, at:

Stopping Smoking

Quitting smoking has a range of both short and long term health benefits. It's never too late to stop smoking to benefit your health. Our get help to stop smoking page includes information and advice on stopping smoking. 

Mental Wellbeing and Staying Socially Connected

Looking after your mental health is equally as important as looking after your physical health, and the two are interlinked. We recognise the importance of feeling socially connected to combat loneliness and social isolation, particularly for older residents. Visit our mental wellbeing and staying socially connected page for further information and advice on how you can improve your mental wellbeing. 


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