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Exercise Referral

Exercise referral is when a medical professional refers the patient to an exercise programme.

An Overview of Exercise Referral

Exercise (Health) Referral is designed to aid individuals (adults aged 16 or over) who have been identified by their GP or other health professional to take up the benefits of participation in enjoyable exercise.

If you suffer from any of the following conditions you could be eligible for the Exercise Referral Scheme:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • back pain
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • high blood pressure
  • heart condition
  • high cholesterol
  • osteoporosis
  • obesity

Benefits

Physical Activity can play an important role in preventing and managing health conditions such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, mental health problems, musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers.

Exercise can have a positive effect on well-being and mood, providing a sense of achievement or relaxation and release from daily stress.

  • Greater social cohesion by helping people to socialise, providing a means of getting involved with the community
  • Increasing how much physical activity someone does can significantly improve both their physical and mental well-being and reduce illnesses and disease throughout life
  • It can also improve life expectancy
  • Being active improves sleep, enhances quality of life and well-being
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases concentration levels
  • Improves balance, co-ordination and cardiovascular fitness
  • Increases self-confidence

Involvement

For more information and local contacts/welcome packs, visit www.lrsport.org/exercisereferral

Facts

UK physical activity guidelines recommend that over a week, adults should be active for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity. The 150 minutes doesn't have to be completed in one go. It can be broken down into smaller bouts of activity; in bouts of 10 minutes or more.

Public Health England recommends out of these 150 minutes, muscle strengthening activities should be carried out two days of the week.

Find Exercise Referral Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Your health matters. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health.

We Are Undefeatable

Thu, 29 Aug 2019

When you’re managing a long term health condition, being active is about finding what works for you.

Couch to 5K

Get off the couch and running 5K in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the step-by-step audio instructions.

National Governing Bodies

NHS England

Contact Name
NHS England
Contact Email
england.contactus@nhs.net
Contact Telephone
0300 311 22 33
Pelhams

Pelhams

Serving the North Bournemouth area with two pools, a sanarium, large gym, aerobic studios, spin studio, Feelgood Factory and Terrace café. A great choice of classes and activities.

Parley Petanque Club

Parley Petanque Club

Parley Pétanque Club exists to promote the sport sometimes called French Boule.) We are ambitious as well as being friendly and competitive. Visitors and new players are welcome whether absolute beginner or more experienced players. Whatever your age or

Littledown

Littledown

Set in 47 acres of parkland, with its own high ropes adventure complex, Littledown provides everything to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get active. It’s got some of the best gym, swimming and football facilities in the country.

Leweston Leisure

Leweston Leisure

Community leisure group, offering a range of classes and activities.

Bournemouth YMCA

Bournemouth YMCA

The Junction Sports & Leisure Centre is at the very heart of our local community, So whether it's using the Swimming Pool, the superbly equipped Cybex Gymnasium, the softplay Kidz Kingdom, available Function Room, Indoor Cycling facility, Tennis Courts,

BOURNEMOUTH AND POOLE TOUCH

BOURNEMOUTH AND POOLE TOUCH

Play Touch as in Touch Rugby the safe version of the game only a one handed touch stops the attacking player. It's fast, skilful, and all inclusive, above all its fun. We have families playing. Members ages range from 7 yrs to old age.

Wessex Accessible Cycling Club

Wessex Accessible Cycling Club

Wessex Accessible Cycling Club is based at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest and is committed to making cycling and the park accessible to everyone.

Dorset Indoor Rowing Championships

Dorset Indoor Rowing Championships

The Dorset Indoor Rowing Championship (IRC) takes place in November each year. Competitors use a Concept2 rowing machine (model C, D or E) to compete over a series of races, to determine group finishing positions. There are individual and team races

Exercise to Music for beginners to exercise and people over 65

Exercise to Music for beginners to exercise and people over 65

Ideal for active and able ladies and gentlemen wanting to improve / maintain general health and strength.
During the first half of the session we:
> warm up
> do cardiovascular exercise to music
> cool down

During the second half of the session we do:
> muscle strengthening exercise using: small hand weights, ankle weights and resistance bands
> abdominal exercises
> pelvic floor exercises
> balance and co-ordination exercises
> flexibility stretches
> learn how to get down and up from the floor safely so that we can keep playing with the grandchildren!

We also arrange social activities.

Circuit Training for Beginners to Exercise and People over the age of 60

Circuit Training for Beginners to Exercise and People over the age of 60

Ideal for active and able ladies and gentlemen wanting to improve / maintain general health and strength.
During the session we:
> begin with a warm up
> perform the circuit by alternating cardiovascular exercise and hand weights exercises
> end with a cool down

In the cool down we include:
> balance and co-ordination exercises
> flexibility stretches
>
We also arrange social activities.

Chair Supported Exercise / Strength and Balance, Falls Prevention, PSI

Chair Supported Exercise / Strength and Balance, Falls Prevention, PSI

Ideal for people with reduced balance and mobility who wish to improve health, strength and independence.

Wheelchair users and carers welcome

Sessions begin with a warm up followed by exercises to help improve mobility, flexibility, muscle strengthen and endurance, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, balance and coordination; we end with a cool-down.

No exercises are performed lying on the floor and no participant is required to get onto the floor. However, participants are shown how to get down and up from the floor safely so that they know what to do should the need arise.

Bootcamp

Bootcamp

Bootcamp workout with local group 'Communifit'.

Spin Class

Spin Class

An early morning Spin Class to start your day right!

Bootcamp

Bootcamp

Bootcamp workout with local group 'Communifit'.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi

An early evening Tai Chi class, open to all!

Boxercise

Boxercise

Come along to a weekly Boxercise session in our beautiful grounds!