Amidst all of the uncertainty that is dominating our thoughts and screens right now, Stockton-on-Tees leisure trust, Tees Active, is leading the way in a bid to inspire and motivate communities to keep active and healthy at home throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
Tees Active, who work in partnership with Stockton Council, temporarily closed its leisure centres recently in advance of the government’s guidance to close all public facilities, but has been quick to respond by creating an online workout hub to encourage residents of all abilities to keep active at home.
New content is constantly being added to the online hub which includes a variety of home workout videos delivered by fully qualified Activ8 Health and Fitness coaches, interactive family activities, virtual access to popular fitness brands such as Les Mills and a range of health articles and blog stories. Driven via social media, posts have so far reach over 80,000 people, with some viewers tuning in from as far away as New Zealand.
Tees Active has also worked alongside Stockton Council to produce a number of accessible chair-based exercise videos for care home residents with limited mobility or health conditions that may impact physical activity levels.
Tees Active Managing Director, Leon Jones, explains “It is crucial that we adjust to the changing landscape in order to continue helping everyone to keep active, especially those who need it the most. We are delighted to harness the collective strengths of our partners to be able to offer such a valuable service to our network of agencies and care home residents across the Tees Valley. It’s now more important than ever for communities to stay active, not only for our physical health, but also for our mental wellbeing too.”
This initiative supports additional efforts from Tees Active and its partners at Stockton Borough Council and Catalyst Stockton to assemble a food distribution hub at Stockton Splash. The hub will create a central location to pack and distribute food to homes of Stockton’s most vulnerable residents during the pandemic.
The online fitness hub is available for anyone to access and can be found online at https://activ8fitnessclubs.co.uk/home-workouts/.