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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


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


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


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.

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

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NHS England
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Contact Telephone
0300 311 22 33

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

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.

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

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

Nordic Walk Devon

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

Fitness Guy

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

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.

Nordic walk - Meander -  Mincinglake Valley Park

Nordic walk - Meander - 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.

Faster Rapid Nordic Walk on Friday mornings in Ludwell Valley

Slower Meander Nordic Walk on Monday morning in Riverside Valley Park

Beginner activity classes for the over 55s at Haldon Forest Park

Beginner activity classes for the over 55s at Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest hosts a number of free beginner courses throughout the year, please contact us for more information.

Wobble / Otago - Balance and strength exercise class - Sit (and stand) to get fit and strong.

Wobble / Otago - Balance and strength exercise class - Sit (and stand) to get fit and strong.

if you are worried a little about your balance or feeling that you really should get a bit stronger so that you can walk to the shops without feeling tired, or just want more confidence and to meet people again - physically distanced, but socially connected, then please come to this class.
You must book, due to limits on numbers.

Paracise with Fiona Bovey Tracey

Paracise with Fiona Bovey Tracey

Paracise is an exercise class that is gentle on the joints and effective, helping you improve your balance, flexibility and posture, all from standing, no going on to the floor. It has been described as Medication in Motion. It's fun, you'll love the descriptions: we swim, play basket ball and jump in puddles, all in one place! Great music too.

Outdoor Circuits Forde House Newton Abbot

Outdoor Circuits Forde House Newton Abbot

Outdoor circuits class. A fun relaxed, no floor (grass) work, all standing or using a tree to support ourselves. Gentle on the joints but effective exercise to improve balance, strength and burn some unwanted calories. Perfect before or after a weigh-in.
Its a great way to get fresh air and meet some lovely people in a physically distanced but socially connected way.

Balance - We call it Wobble - strength and balance with a difference. on Zoom

Balance - We call it Wobble - strength and balance with a difference. on Zoom

Strength and balance is what we do. I call it Wobble prevention, or Otago. Wobble is a fun way to work on strength, balance, confidence, posture, flexibility and the best way to make you feel wonderful if you are worried about falling, or have recently fallen. It starts sitting in the chair, then we stand for a few tracks, hold on though. We finish sitting.

Walk with extra strength exercises

Walk with extra strength exercises

Decoy Park walk and exercise

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