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Are you active?

Be Active. Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Enjoy the great outdoors. Do what you can.

Being physically active every day is great for our bodies and minds.

Being more active can improve your mood and decrease feelings of stress, depression and anxiety.

Be Active.  Go for a walk or run.  Step outside.  Enjoy the great outdoors.  Do what you can.

No matter your age or fitness level, you can use exercise to help with your wellbeing and improve your energy and outlook. There are plenty of forms of exercise that you can do on our Island – from walking and cycling, to dance and swimming, martial arts or gyms. There’s also a host of activities you can do from your own home – from getting the most out of housework, to online tutorials or classes.

Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons, not just because it keeps our body healthy. Regular exercise is said to produce small changes in the brain including neural growth and reduced inflammation. Exercise also releases endorphins which can boost your spirits and make you feel good. It can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time in our busy world, some people even use exercise as their form of meditation.

It doesn’t have to be daunting - You don’t have to run a marathon or power-lift to feel the benefits of exercise, anything that gets your body moving can help.


   Our Island

Be inspired to plan your own adventure, with our activity guide! It's packed full of activities that make our Island so special.

  Things to do - Visit Isle of Man (

   Sports clubs and societies – Our Island


   The National Sports Centre

The NSC is the Islands National Sports Centre, run by Manx Sport Recreation. With a range of facilities and equipment including 25 metre pool, squash courts, astro pitches and indoor bowling, the NSC hosts many of the island’s sporting events and activities.

You don’t have to be a top level athlete though to make use of the facilities and classes. The team are committed to ensuring that there is something for everyone no matter what your current level of fitness.


   NSC website


   Isle of Play

Isleofplay promotes and provides opportunities for all children on the Isle of Man to fulfil their 'right to play'.    

Our flagship playscheme travels the Island bringing the very best play opportunities to local parks, school playgrounds and glens.

Armed with a van full of resources including ropes, sheets, go-karts, scooters, nets, pipes, old tyres, pots and pans, bows and arrows and many other new and reclaimed; our trained playworkers help thousands of children every year build swings, waterslides, ziplines and dens… the only limit is the child’s imagination!



Walk and Talk

Suitable for all ages and abilities, the concept is simple: Walk & Talk allows you to walk around a short circuit at your own pace and the emphasis is on talking with your fellow walkers, not just walking!

   Walk and talk website – Manx Sport and Recreation


Our Great Outdoors

You don’t need to join a club or group to make the most of our beautiful Manx countryside – there’s a host of family friendly or challenging walks and locations for you to enjoy:

   Glens and Forests – DEFA

   Beaches – Visit Isle of Man

   Self-guided Walks – Visit Isle of Man


Further Reading Links

   Exercise for depression – NHS UK

   Mental health and physical health – Mental health UK

   Health and Wellbeing – Mental health UK

   Exercise: Your Stories – Mind UK