Ok, what is Get Moving?
Get Moving is a project which helps people become more physically active - and stay active over time.
We know that some exercise is good for us - good for our health, good for our state of mind, and even good for our wallet when we use the car less and walk or ride. It’s even better for our wallet when that better health saves us from seeing the doctor!
But how do we start, where do we go, what do we do? What happens when we just don’t feel like it, or we get injured? How do we build up our fitness without busting a fu-fu valve?
And really importantly, how can we find events which will be fun and won’t make us feel like; “I’ll never do THAT again”?
Well, that’s where Get Moving comes in. We’re putting together listings with an emphasis on easy stuff to try (‘entry-level’, see below) involving walking, running and cycling. We’ve chosen those activities because almost anyone can do them, and they don’t need expensive gear or special skills. To walk, run or cycle you even don’t even have to leave your own neighbourhood.
So, here’s how to use the site; to look for what’s happening in walking, running or cycling events and activities, check under “WHAT’S ON” on this website, or if you want to check out related clubs or smaller, informal groups, look under the “GROUPS” heading.
If you’re looking for some help with info on how to start an activity, avoid injury, keep motivated, or other useful stuff, check out the range of helpful information under the “GETTING STARTED” heading. For stories on how ordinary people have got themselves moving and how this makes them feel, have a look under “INSPIRATION”. We’ll add to these stories over time, and update people’s progress as they ‘keep moving’.
If you have any questions about the programme, or want to list an event or a group on the site, or you have an inspiring story to share, please use the ‘Contact us’ link to get in touch.
What we mean by ‘entry-level’ events
• these events will have a bit of a challenge to them, but they’re not about busting a gut - they’re just about ‘getting moving’.
• if there’s a competitive flavour to an event it’ll be low-key. Our focus is on keeping things fun and social.
• the venues for events are mostly flat. Any hills will be small and not too steep.
• no specialised skills are needed. If it’s a cycling event you’ll need to know the real basics of staying on a bike, but other than that all you need is the right attitude.
• we like safety, and we aim to keep our events accident and injury-free.