Leisure, Sports and Physical Activities

Guides to staying active at home

Sport England - Join The Movement

Sport England offer really good advice online for home workouts, including activities for older people and children.

Visit the Sport England site

Active Oxfordshire - Staying active at home

Active Oxfordshire have put together their own guide on staying active at home with links to loads of activities for all people of all ages and abilities.

Visit the Active Oxfordshire site

Guardian - 10 best online home workouts

Keep up an exercise routine – or start a new one – while working from home. Here’s a guide to some of the best free resources.

Guardian - 10 best online home workouts

Activities for adults

The Body Coach - Joe Wicks

The Body Coach TV is the home of Joe Wicks’ workouts. He has hundreds of free workouts for all fitness levels. These fun workouts can be done at home with no equipment.

See The Body Coach workouts on YouTube

Nuffield Health

Nuffield Health offer High Intensity Interval Training Circuit, and Core options are available, as well as a warmup and cool down option. 

Try the Nuffield Health workout

NHS exercises at home

Moving around for even a few minutes can lift your mood, give you more energy and improve your health. 

The NHS website lists some popular activities you can do at home.

This Girl Can exercises at home

This Girl Can has put together a list of exercises that most of us can try; from table top press ups to living room wall sits! No equipment required and the best bit is we can do them in our pyjamas!

This Girl Can exercises at home

Sweaty Betty

Work out from home with Sweaty Betty's online fitness classes. With workouts ranging from yoga to HIIT, explore the video library to find a class to suit your time frame and fitness level.

Visit the Seaty Betty website

iPrescribe Exercise

iPrescribe Exercise is a free, evidence-based app which analyses your health, current fitness level, disease status and resting heart rate, and produces a personalised 12-week physical activity plan that is tailored to your needs and will transform your life.

Visit the iPrescribe website

Desk exercises

Exercises and stretches for people working for hours at a desk are available on the internet

Try desk exercises


Buggyfit have made part of their Buggyfit at home programme available for free. From this, you can learn from their specialist women’s health Physio, Megan, and Founder Emma, on just how your body has changed during childbirth and how to re-strengthen it going forwards (please note charges apply after free content has expired).

Try Buggyfit

Isis Cyclists

Since Isis Cyclists can't organise any rides during the current coronavirus outbreak, they've put together a selection of routes on their website. The routes vary in distance (and hills!). 

Explore local cycling routes

Fitness and Wellbeing with Kay

Free online HITT and circuit classes – all levels and abilities welcome. Follow on Instagram and Facebook @fitnessandwellbeingwithkay

  • Tuesdays at 6.30pm – HITT
  • Saturdays at 9.30am – circuits

Book your free place

Tai Chi, Pilates and meditation with Amy Thakurdas

  • Wednesdays at 11am – Tai Chi for Health and Wellbeing (beginners welcome)
  • Thursdays at 6pm – Beginners Pilates for Abs, Legs and Back
  • Thursdays at 7pm – Intermediate Pilates for Abs, Legs and Back

All sessions £5

Monday 12noon – Meditation

Free, all abilities welcome

Email Amy for more detais and to book

Activities for older people and people with health conditions

NHS gentle exercises at home

The NHS website lists some popular activities you can do at home. These resources are suitable for everyone but particularly good if you're older or have health conditions..

Move it or Lose it

Move it or Lose it has created a series of fitness videos for older people.

Watch Move it or Lose it videos on YouTube

Generation Games

Generation Games, part of Age UK Oxfordshire have recorded free online Home Exercise sessions that are published weekly on their website.

They have also created a simple 40 minutes exercise video with older people in mind to help improve your cardiovascular (heart and lungs) fitness, your muscular strength and your balance..

Please enjoy and share!

British Heart Foundation

Ideas for getting active from the British Heart Foundation.

Visit the British Heart Foundation website

Diabetes UK

Advice from Diabetes UK about getting active for people with diabetes.

Visit the Diabetes UK website


ElWell is a local company who support people to stay active as they get older. As home visits are currently not permitted they have been busy offering virtual support to people during self-isolation focussing on physical and mental wellbeing. They are also offering virtual physiotherapy sessions to help people stay mobile.

Visit the ElWell website

Activities for kids

The Body Coach - Joe Wicks for kids

Joe Wicks (the body coach) is doing a ‘PE with Joe’ workout every weekday at 9am for kids and their adults. These are live on his YouTube channel and will be free for people to access. 

View the Joe Wicks channel

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Cosmic Kids is Healthy screen time for 21st Century kids! More than a million kids do yoga, mindfulness and relaxation with Jaime on the Cosmic Kids YouTube Channel. Parents and teachers report significant improvements in self-regulation, focus and empathy. But the videos are brilliant fun so kids love doing them!

Visit the Cosmic Kids site

Yoga for families

30 to 45 minute yoga classes, once a week for children and their families. Combining traditional yoga, mindfulness and with a background in Montessori education, these fun classes aim to exercise, empower and educate the whole child.

Visit the Oxford Teaching Trust wesbite

Change4Life - Disney-themed activities

When exercising with little ones it can be tricky to keep everyone entertained and active, so Change4Life have created some Disney-themed indoor games and activities that are bundles of fun and will get the kids moving.

Change4Life Disney-themed indoor game ideas

This Girl Can - Disney dance-alongs

This Girl Can have partnered with Disney and real families across England, to capture some of the ways mums and kids get moving to the songs they love. You can learn their moves or put your own spin on their routines.  

Watch This Girl Can's Disney dance-alongs

TT Kidz - Table tennis at home

Table tennis can be played by anyone and anywhere, even at home on the kitchen table.

TT Kidz has launched 9 videos so you can get still get involved while at home. These include sessions on keepy-uppies and striking the ball.

Visit the TT Kidz website

Move Crew

Nike have teamed up with ukactive to bring 'Move Crew', which sets daily move missions for kids to follow, with a new video released each weekday at 8am. Features well-known athletes such as Dina Asher-Smith. Aimed at 7 to 12-year-olds.

Start your first mission on the ukactive Kids website

real PE

Individual families can now receive a password to access real PE at home online resources, even if your school hasn’t signed up! real PE at home includes an online programme which supports families to be active, play and learn together. It includes a programme specifically for children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 with 12 themes, 6 areas, over 250 activities and challenges and 1,000s of hours of fun and activity. For children in Key Stage 2, there are carefully selected personal best challenges, skills and games designed for the home and garden.

To sign up for free, simply complete their online form

Activities for people with disabilities

WheelPower - adaptive yoga

Nina Boswell Brown demonstrates, explains and guides you through a gentle warm up, before showing you how to complete the yoga poses in a safe and effective way.

Visit the WheelPower website


Parasport has teamed up with Kris Saunders-Stowe a qualified fitness instructor to bring you some short, easy to follow guides to stretching and improving your mobility.

Visit the Parasport website

Change4Life - activities for kids

For those living with a child with a disability, Change4Life have some great ideas to help you get moving together including a seated obstacle race and potato golf.

Change4Life accessible activities

MS Society - simple exercises

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis can make it hard to exercise. The MS Society has created a range of exercises for people with MS. These workouts are designed for different levels of mobility.

Visit the MS Society website

Yoga, Pilates and Zumba

Yoga With Adriene

YouTube channel connecting as many people as possible through high-quality free yoga videos. All levels, all bodies, all genders, all souls welcome.

Browse the library of free yoga videos to find a practice that suits your mood.

Yoga With Adriene YouTube channel

Every Body Studio

Online live streamed yoga, Pilates and barre classes at flexible prices from Oxford based studio.

Join in with a class from Every Body Studio

Zumba with Mariana

Our lovely Mariana who normally runs our Zumba at the Town Hall has gone online with two weekly classes:

  • Zumba Gold (low impact) on a Thursday at 10am
  • Zumba Fitness (high impact) on a Saturday at 4pm

Classes are charged at £3 per household (payable via PayPal or BACS).

Book Zumba with Mariana by email

Bry Zumba

Zumba online. A fun way to keep moving. Suitable for any fitness level - dance at your own pace. £3 per class. Oxford based instructor.

Book class with Bry Zumba

Garden Pilates from Mylates

Local Oxford instructor doing 30 minute Pilates workouts from home every two days. 

See the Mylates channel on YouTube

Pilates at tempus te

Interactive, online Pilates classes led by a Chartered Physiotherapist and Fully Certified APPI Pilates Instructor. 

In the classes through the meetings app Zoom, the instructor uses live, large-scale projected images to make participation and the leading of the classes a smoother and more involving experience. Oxford based instructor.

Try an online Pilates class with tempus te

Yoga with Yoga Venue Oxford

Online yoga classes for the whole family. Good techniques for breathing, stretching and getting stronger. Something for everyone. Oxford based studio.

Try an online Yoga Venue Oxford class

Yoga with Jacqueline

Jacqueline has two weekly Yoga sessions to cater for all ages and abilities.

  • Yoga (gentle) on a Saturday at 9am
  • Yoga (more intense) on a Saturday at 10.30am

Classes are charged at £7 per session with a discounted rate of £4.50 for those on lower incomes.

Book Yoga with Jacqueline online or by email

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