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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

The Exercise (Health) Referral scheme 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.

There are two schemes, one covering Leicestershire and Rutland and one covering Leicester City.

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.

One You Active 10

Physical inactivity is a major cause of disease and disability for adults in the UK. It negatively impacts the health, social and economic outcomes of individuals and costs the NHS in England millions

National Governing Bodies

NHS England

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

Activate Coast and Countryside Christchurch and East Dorset Councils

The Activate Coast and Countryside programme aims to encourage people to get more active through a wide range of coast and countryside based activities.

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.

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.

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 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

Otago

Otago

Falls Prevention class

Balance & Get active

Balance & Get active

Become more active

COPD

COPD

A regular class for those who have COPD, helping to keep you fit and live your life

Otago

Otago

Balance class to improve leg strength and balance and prevent falls

Exercise After Stroke

Exercise After Stroke

Exercise class for stroke survivors. Improve your stamina, ability and confidence.

Exercise after stroke

Exercise after stroke

A class for stroke survivors

Aqua Rehab

Aqua Rehab

Aqua class for those recovering from illness, injury or managing a long term health term condition.
Clients will need a referral from a health professional.

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 / Phase 4 Cardiac Rehabilitation / COPD Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Circuit Training / Phase 4 Cardiac Rehabilitation / COPD Pulmonary Rehabilitation

This session is ideal for phase 4 cardiac rehabilitation, for weight maintenance and for active and able ladies and gentlemen who simply want to improve / maintain general health and strength while using larger pieces of cardiovascular exercise equipment, e.g. stationary bikes, rowing machines, steppers, exercise steps and re-bounders.

We begin each session with a warm up, which is followed by a circuit of 12 exercise stations: 6 cardiovascular stations alternating with 6 upper body muscle strength and endurance stations.

The circuit ends with a cool down, balance exercises and flexibility stretches

We also organise occasional social activities.

Mixed Cardiac / COPD / Stroke Rehabilitation Circuit Session

Mixed Cardiac / COPD / Stroke Rehabilitation Circuit Session

This session is ideal for people who have been attending hospital rehabilitation exercise classes, e.g. for heart or lung diseases or stroke, and is an ideal class to begin exercising in the community.

People work at different levels of intensity according to their health and fitness needs.

We begin each session with a warm up, which is followed by a circuit of 12 exercise stations: 6 cardiovascular stations alternating with 6 upper body muscle strength and endurance stations. The circuit ends with a cool down, balance exercises and flexibility stretches.

We also organise occasional social activities.