Health And Fitness In Essex

If you live in Essex and want to learn how to get fit and lose weight then you are in luck, as Essex has many options available to you.

Change4Life Approved Fitness and Sports Clubs in Essex

The NHS Change4Life website has a database of sports clubs and organisations that is searchable by post code or town. Visit to search for the follow activities in your ares:

  • Adventure/outdoor
  • Team sports
  • General sports
  • Family life
  • Non-sport activities & classes
  • Fitness
  • Disability sports & classes
  • Martial arts
  • Watersports

Essex Health and NHS North East Essex

Stay safe, stay healthy! Packed with info, games, updates, pictures and more, Essex Health can help you find what you’re looking for in the Colchester and Tendring areas. Learn more at

Essex Weight Loss Groups

There are many weight loss groups around Essex. Weight Watchers have groups all across Essex and have a great success rate, but there are many smaller independent weight loss groups in addition to Weight Watchers. Weight loss support groups are a great way to learn how to lose belly fat and maintain a healthier weight in the long term.

Essex Boot Camps

In the last few years “boot camps” have become increasingly popular. Boot camps are usually informal fitness groups that are often done outside in public parks. The focus is on bodyweight exercises and they are inspired by military fitness drills. There are several clubs across Essex:

  • Essex Boot Camp – – with classes in Basildon, Bishop Stortford, Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford – Hylands Park, Chelmsford – Admiral’s Park, Chelmsford – Beaulieu Park, Chelmsford – Bell, Meadow, Colchester, Epping, Felsted, Great Dunmow, Hainault Forest, Leigh-on-Sea, Maldon – Blackwater Leisure Center, Maldon Promenade Park and Southend. – Call 07739 098 790
  • Ultimate Boot Camp – – Colchester – 0845 680 1621
  • Colchester Boot Camps – – Colchester – 07525 843 326
  • No 1 Boot Camp – – Loughton – 020 8502 1144
  • DNA Chelmsford Boot Camp – – Maldon, Chelmsford – 07734 470 727

Health and Fitness Walks In Essex

Although Essex is not suited for hill walking there are many options for walking in and around Essex. One obvious advantage of a flatter county is that you can cover more ground in one day and take in more sights. have a page dedicated to walking in Essex. They list several walking clubs including some free walking schemes run by the council, such as Heart & Sole, Chelmsford’s Health Walks Scheme run by Chelmsford Borough Council.

GP Referral Schemes

There are now several GP referral schemes across Essex. If you are clinically obese (BMI over 30) you may be eligible for discounted weight loss counselling and gym sessions. Speak to your doctor for a referral. The referal scheme are managed by the various NHS Primare Care Trusts, of which Essex has 5. Each NHS Trust has its own website and its own way of managing information and exercise referrals, so visit your local NHS website for the latest information:

  • NHS West Essex
  • NHS Mid Essex
  • NHS North East Essex
  • NHS South East Essex
  • NHS South West Essex

Sports and Fitness Clubs In Essex

Essex has so many sports and fitness clubs. lists many of the best sports and fitness clubs in Essex. If you are looking for something different, such as climbing, horse riding or a team sport then there may be something listed there for you.

Chelmsford Leisure Plus Card Scheme

Chelsmford Borugh Council is also running a new scheme that is designed to encourage people to get active again. It provides discounted gym sessions at the Chelmsford Athletics Club, Riverside Ice and Leisure, Dovedale Sports Centre and South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre. The scheme rewards people with points each time they go to the gym and then these points win discounts on various activities. Learn more here: Chelmsford Leisure Plus Card Scheme.

Childrens Dance, Gymnastics and Martial Arts

Getting children active from an early age is a great way to prevent weight problems occurring later in life. Essex has many well established fitness clubs, including football skills, martial arts, dance, gymnastics and athletics. Here is a selection of children’s fitness clubs.

Health Eating Advice from NHS South East Essex

There are many services offering healthy eating advice across the county but the simple and informative advice on the NHS South East Essex website is a winner for us. The Eatwell Plate represents a healthy diet as set out by the Department of Health. Read more of the NHS South East Essex dietary advice.

A Selection of Gyms In Essex

There are obviously many gyms in Essex and we cannot list them all on one page. However, these all have a great reputation and provide good services. Some offer a pay-as-you-go / day rate fee, so costly anual memberships are not required.

5 Elements Martial Arts

Chief instructor Tony Willis runs 5 Elements. He has over 20 years experience in martial arts and teaches several styles at the club, including kickboxing, MMA and kung-fu, as well as running boxercise fitness and tai chi classes. First class is free.

  • Unit 13, Adams Business Centre, Basildon, Essex SS14 3JF
  • Tel: 07713 161 164

Bannatyne Fitness Ltd

  • Address: Howard Rd, Chafford Hundred, Grays, Essex
  • Post code: RM16 6YJ
  • Tel: 01375 481212

Club Kingswood

  • Address: Clayhill Lane, Sparrows Herne, Basildon, Essex
  • Post code: SS16 5JP
  • Tel: 01268 522954


  • Address: Unit B3 Cowdray Centre – Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex
  • Post code: CO1 1BL
  • Tel: 01206 762688

Dragons Health Club

  • Address: Chindits Lane, Warley, Brentwood, Essex
  • Post code: CM14 5LF
  • Tel: 01277 202088

Esporta Health & Fitness

  • Address: 68-90 Clements Rd, Ilford, Essex
  • Post code: IG1 1BP
  • Tel: 020 8478 7111

Holmes Place Health Clubs

  • Address: Woolston Manor – Abridge Rd, Chigwell, Essex
  • Post code: IG7 6BX
  • Tel: 020 8498 1600

Oasis Health & Fitness Club

  • Address: 7 & 8 Precinct – High St, Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex
  • Post code: SS17 0HF
  • Tel: 01375 679533

Paradise Health & Fitness Centre

  • Address: Unit A1 Sutton Business Park – New Rd A13, Rainham, Essex
  • Post code: RM13 8DE
  • Tel: 01708 630987

Peak Fitness

  • Address: 5-7 Reede Rd, Dagenham, Essex
  • Post code: RM10 8DP
  • Tel: 020 8592 0828

Springhealth Leisure Club

This gym has a selection of free weights as well as resistance machines and allows guests to pay a day rate if you book through

  • Address: Brian Close, Chelmsford, Essex
  • Post code: CM2 9DZ
  • Tel: 01245 494596

Stans Gymnasium

  • Address: 9a Aveley Rd, Upminster, Essex
  • Post code: RM14 2TN
  • Tel: 01708 227072

The Flitch Fitness Centre

  • Address: Flitch Ind Est – Chelmsford Rd, Great Dunmow, Dunmow, Essex
  • Post code: CM6 1XJ
  • Tel: 01371 872272

The Origin Health & Fitness

  • Address: 156 Abbs Cross Gardens, Hornchurch, Essex
  • Post code: RM12 4XA
  • Tel: 01708 478077

Woodlands Health & Fitness Club

  • Address: White House Business Park – White Ash Green, Halstead, Essex
  • Post code: CO9 1PB
  • Tel: 01787 478899

Xpect Health & Fitness

  • Address: Springwood Drive, Braintree, Essex
  • Post code: CM7 2YN
  • Tel: 01376 334473

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