Part of Harlow's original ethos was the creation of a healthy lifestyle. The masterplan encourages people to follow outdoor pursuits, with many green spaces offering opportunities to explore the natural environment by foot or bicycle. There are
also many playing fields and gymnasiums. A new football stadium has just been built for Harlow Town, and a national standard athletic track at Mark Hall School, adjacent to Newhall.
For a selection of sports and leisure amenities see below.