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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

RideWise

RideWise is a charity dedicated to supporting and enabling the use of sustainable forms of transport. We inspire and support people and organisations to travel more frequently by bikes, trams, trains, buses, walking, cycling, carsharing and even electric

Hambleton Strollers Walking for Health

We provide one hour walks throughout Hambleton. These aim to provide healthy exercise for those with or recovering from ill-health or needing exercise to stay healthy. All walks are risk assessed and have trained leaders. Good for being fitter and social

Squirrel Wood Equestrian Centre

A horse riding Centre that offers lessons and hacks to all ages and abilities.
Specialises in Equine Therapy and is a Riding for the Disabled Centre.
Happy to teach SEN children.

Yoga with Lucy

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www.facebook.com/yogawithLucyA
instagram @yogawithlucya

Club Doncaster Sports College

Club Doncaster Sports College is affiliated with Club Doncaster & Club Doncaster Foundation. We provide high quality, flexible and responsive courses.

The Fitness Unit

The most successful Fat Loss Program in Ipswich.A place where everyone feels welcome to join and achive their health and fitness goals.

Nutrition Advice For Health

NafHealth is a community interest not-for profit organisation set up to offer nutritional education programs for weight loss, wellness and an improved health to communities at large.
We aim to promote and advance the health and wellbeing of our communiti

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,

International Mixed Ability Sports

A community interest company promoting the development of inclusive educational projects, and the expansion of Mixed Ability sports in England and across Europe.

Forever Fit 50+

Forever Fit 50+

A fun and friendly circuit class for over 50s that will help to improve
Strength,balance,flexibility,coordination,General fitness levels and wellbeing
Exercise at your own pace in a relaxed environment with full support.
All abilities welcome

Tripudio Movement Class - Bradpole

Tripudio Movement Class - Bradpole

Gentle easy but effective exercise to music, standing or seated with no getting on the floor, only fun easy movements within your own capability to enable your body to move better.
Each class is structured, begins with a 10-minute warm up called ‘The Flow’ designed to stretch and release fascia, improve circulation and lymph flow. Dance and slow exercise segments are alternated to provide a gentle aerobic workout, focusing on specific problems, such as shoulder mobility, back health and strengthening.

Born to Perform Dance Online Sessions

Born to Perform Dance Online Sessions

Online sessions for members of Born to Perform Dance School to keep active and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
For children and adults with disabilities.

Born to Perform Dance Online Sessions

Born to Perform Dance Online Sessions

Online sessions for members of Born to Perform Dance School to keep active and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
For children and adults with disabilities.

Health & Well-being Circuits

Health & Well-being Circuits

Led by an Exercise Specialist. Ideal as a continuation of an NHS COPD Respiratory programme. Suitable if you have been diagnosed with controlled diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, or as part of your health recovery. The sessions offer support, guidance and motivation in a safe, comfortable and friendly environment.

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.

Strength an Balance (seated)

Strength an Balance (seated)

Classes to help you improve your Strength and Balance.
Classes run weekly and are open to all. They are fun, social and full of very important and relevant information, to help participants to feel more confident, stronger, improve their balance.

King's Lynn & District Osteoporosis Support - Keep Fit

King's Lynn & District Osteoporosis Support - Keep Fit

Exercises for people with or at risk of osteoporosis are held every Monday and Friday. Led by a qualified instructor and people can self refer.

Tripudio Movement Class - Dorchester

Tripudio Movement Class - Dorchester

Gentle easy but effective exercise to music, standing or seated with no getting on the floor, only fun easy movements within your own capability to enable your body to move better.
Each class is structured, begins with a 10-minute warm up called ‘The Flow’ designed to stretch and release fascia, improve circulation and lymph flow. Dance and slow exercise segments are alternated to provide a gentle aerobic workout, focusing on specific problems, such as shoulder mobility, back health and strengthening.

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
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We also arrange social activities.