Be inspired: to walk
One of the best ways to experience the buzz of MediaCityUK and its impressive architecture and surroundings is by foot. Iconic buildings such as the Lowry Theatre, Imperial War Museum North and Manchester United are all a short walk from the heart of the site.
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Whether you work, live or are visiting MediaCityUK step out and start to feel the health benefits of a daily brisk walk.
Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.
It's an underrated form of exercise but has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.
Did you know?
In 30 minutes a 60kg person burns:
- strolling (2mph): 75 calories
- walking (3mph): 99 calories
- fast walking (4mph): 150 calories
Source: At least five a week, Department of Health, 2004
Just do it
To really feel the benefits of walking you need to raise your heart rate by walking faster than a stroll and aim to walk 10,000 steps a day.
Step out with friends or colleagues to motivate yourself and try and build time to work in your routine.
We love to walk
A growing number within the MediaCityUK community are stepping out and feeling the benefits of a regular walk. Read on and be inspired.
Office Manager Lesley Ward who is based in The Greenhouse has set up a lunchtime walking group, who take time out for a brisk walk three times a week.
Lesley said: “The idea to walk during our lunch hour came about from wanting to get fitter and doing something constructive in our lunch hour. Initially, just a couple of us started out, but now as many as five of us pull on our trainers and walk just over two miles in 40 minutes. We try and walk during three lunchtimes a week and we all feel so much more energised in the afternoons after being out in the fresh air and exercising. It’s sociable too.”
Be inspired: to cycle
MediaCityUK is fed by an impressive network of cycle paths that run along the historic Manchester Ship Canal and picturesque River Irwell. Coupled with the fact it now has its own Cycle Hub and even its own bike café there’s more than enough to tempt you to get back on the saddle.
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Cycling is the third most popular recreational activity in the UK with a growing number of MediaCityUK employees choosing to cycle to work each day.
Regular cycling can help you lose weight, reduce stress and improve your fitness. Like walking it is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it's also a form of transport. It saves you money, gets you fit and is good for the environment.
Did you know?
Someone who weighs 80kg (12st 9lb) will burn more than 650 calories during an hour long ride as well as tone their legs and bottom. If you ride up hills or off-road, you'll also work your upper body.
It's low-impact exercise, so it's easier on your joints than running or other high-impact aerobic activities. Cycling for just 150 minutes a week is enough to build your cardiovascular fitness.
We love to cycle
The majority of the team at Drumbeat Creative, based in The Greenhouse, regularly cycle in to work.
Co-director of Drumbeat Creative Andy Heggs said:
“For me it was a no-brainer to cycle into work. I live relatively close and while the driving distance is quite short, it’s actually quicker to cycle in as I bypass the commuter rush. I save money on fuel and parking costs and I’m getting much fitter. Other members of the team have seen the benefits and are now cycling most days too.”