Whether you are self-isolating or social distancing, there are things we can all do to help look after our health and wellbeing.

Join the nation in staying active

Sport England is encouraging everyone to join the #StayInWorkOut movement and share how they are staying active at home.

You can find creative ideas on how to get active at home, with exclusive offers and workouts from fitness instructors such as Les Mills on Demand, Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) and FiiT.  

Active Essex has also launched the #KeepActiveAtHome campaign, promoting providers who are delivering online physical activity sessions.

You can follow them on their social media channels for live streamed videos of exercise classes or to keep up to date with online activities that are being delivered by local sport and physical advisors.

Take part in local sports and physical activity

There are a range of Harlow based organisations who are offering to help support people with staying active:

((Bounce)) delivers mini trampoline fitness classes for all ages and abilities, which are low impact and high cardio - visit the ((Bounce)) website for more information and to book online classes

Gregory Fit is delivering a full programme of their usual exercise classes via Facebook. There are also special offers for key workers, self-employed people and residents aged 60+.

Harlow Combat Team is a martial arts school delivering online classes in the member’s only section of their Facebook page

Harlow Leisurezone is offering Lee Mills online fitness classes free of charge to Silver and Gold members.

Hip Hop Pop is an award winning dance school with a focus on street dance - you can book online classes on their website

Kazen Kai Martial Arts provides a programme of classes focusing on fitness, self-defence, karate and kick boxing - you can view the classes on YouTube, Instagram or Facebook or on the Kazen Kai website

Makin Steps is a performing arts academy delivering 20 online classes per week covering a wide range of dance styles - you can get more information on the Makin Steps website

Mike Varney Physiotherapy Ltd is offering free telephone and video consultations to give advice and exercises to help restore movement and function if you have an injury, illness or disability - you can get more information on their website 

Paringdon Sports and Social Club is posting short easy workout sessions every Monday on Facebook and Instagram - you can find out more about Paringdon Sports and Social Club on their website

SV Sports Therapy specialises in the treatment and prevention of injuries and is currently delivering video consultations - you can find more information on their website and hints and tips on their Instagram page.

SWEAT Harlow is delivering online classes on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook to help you get fit, dance, tone and have fun while burning calories.

Elements Rehab Led Pilates are running a free, social pilates class at 3pm every Saturday from their Facebook and Instagram pages as well as Tuesday morning pregnancy pilates and Thursday evening stretch classes.

If you deliver sport and physical activity and are now delivering online or in a way that complies with coronavirus government guidelines you can let us know by emailing

Emergency funding

Sport England has announced a £195m fund to assist the sport and physical activity community.

If you deliver sports and physical activity you may be eligible for this emergency funding, which includes a £20 million Community Emergency Fund for clubs and community organisations to bid for grants between £300 and £10,000.

For more information and to apply for a fund, visit the Sport England website.

If you require any advice or assistance to access the funding, please contact

Look after your mental health

It’s natural to feel worried in unpredictable times. It's important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that this situation is temporary so, for most of us at least, these difficult feelings will pass.

You might find the following resources helpful:

Mindfulness and meditation can be really helpful tools for managing stress, anxiety and other mental health issues. There are lots of resources available online:

  • read the NHS advice on mindfulness 
  • use one of the popular guided meditation apps (such as Headspace or Calm, but others are available)

If you need more support with your mental help, Mind in West Essex are continuing to offer counselling sessions through video and telephone sessions. You can find out more about registering on the Mind in West Essex website

If you find yourself with very poor mental health while isolated, remember you can call Samaritans on 116 123 at any time of the day.