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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.

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Make Inside Feel Better.

One You

Thu, 01 Oct 2020

Being healthier is not just about doing the right thing – it's about making changes to fit your lifestyle and make you feel good.

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
Legacy Leisure

Legacy Leisure

Riverside Leisure Centre is a large fitness facility offering a 100 station gym, Queenax functional training studio, over 150 weekly instructor led and virtual group exercise classes, indoor cycling studio, 6 court sports hall and 2 squash courts.

Fitness Guy

Fitness Guy

Outdoor based Circuit sessions. Incorporating strength, HIIT, Cardio and mobility work. Most importantly lots of fun!

Pilates in Exeter

Pilates in Exeter

Pilates in Exeter provided Pilates classes, one to one private sessions and wellness workshops both in person and online.

Isca Centre

Isca Centre

Located in the heart of Exeter, ISCA Centre offers a 35 station gym with state of the art equipment and a free weights area. Other facilities include an 8 rink indoor bowling green and an outdoor Petanque terraine

Nordic Walk Devon

Nordic Walk Devon

Nordic Walking Devon provides training and weekly leisure and fitness walks in the South Devon area. All levels of fitness welcome.

Crediton Running Network

Crediton Running Network

A local running club for all abilities. Meets at Lords Meadow leisure centre at 6.30 on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Teignbridge District Council

Teignbridge District Council

Teignbridge Leisure consists of 3 Leisure Centres (Newton Abbot LC, Broadmeadow SC and Dawlish LC), 1 outdoor pool (Teignmouth Lido) and Shaldon Approach Golf.

Personal Best Health and Fitness

Personal Best Health and Fitness

Fully qualified, REPS insured female personal trainer based in Mid-Devon. Specialising in women's health & fitness. One-to-one personal training sessions to help you reach your health & fitness goals available from Uffculme studio or as a mobile service

Torbay Leisure Centre

Torbay Leisure Centre

Located in the heart of Paignton we are a leisure centre offering a 25m swimming pool as well as a trainer pool, 92 station gym, including Queenax Rig, sports hall, 4 squash courts,a friendly onsite café and even a Velopark.

Consciously Fit Coaching & Training

Consciously Fit Coaching & Training

At Consciously Fit Coaching, we believe in creating powerful coaching conversations with you, so we can serve, support and and train you powerfully to create exceptional health, fitness and a sustainable and healthier lifestyle.

Nordic Walk - Meander (Slower Pace) -  Mincinglake Valley Park

Nordic Walk - Meander (Slower Pace) - Mincinglake Valley Park

Join us for a Nordic walk through the park, using your Nordic walking technique to enhance your natural walking style. Great views, hills to climb, moving more in natures gym. Small group walks in our local green spaces.

Beginners cycling - Haldon Forest Park

Beginners cycling - Haldon Forest Park

A friendly 8 week course for cycling beginners to get you back out on those bikes and into regular exercise.

Beginners Running - Couch to 5km at Haldon Forest Park

Beginners Running - Couch to 5km at Haldon Forest Park

A friendly and supportive beginners running group, 12 week course led by brilliant instructors.

Beginners Pilates - Haldon Forest Park

Beginners Pilates - Haldon Forest Park

A friendly beginners pilates course for over 55's looking to get back into regular exercise.

ReadySteadyWalk - Walking for fitness at Haldon Forest Park

ReadySteadyWalk - Walking for fitness at Haldon Forest Park

A walking group for those with low or no current fitness. Friendly and supportive atmosphere, led walks for 8 weeks.

Beginners Forest Functional Fitness - Haldon Forest Park

Beginners Forest Functional Fitness - Haldon Forest Park

A friendly and supportive 12 week course for those aged over 55, developing core strength, balance and cardio fitness in a stunning woodland setting.

Circuit Training

🔴 Circuit Training

Outdoor Circuits:
Teaching on Zoom during Lockdown, we will be back outdoors soon.
Even over Zoom, you can be outdoors just set yourself up somewhere safe.
Connecting with nature, hearing the birds, the wind in the trees, the rain/stars/clouds is all essential to our wellbeing. No matter what kind of stressful day they have had, everyone has a smile on their faces and feel relaxed and ready to sleep.
A mixed group, suitable for all abilities, exercises adapted for dodgy knees, painful shoulders. The only two rules? 1. sensible shoes. 2. NO EXERCISES ON THE GROUND.

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