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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

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

High Rollers Wheelchair basketball club

We are hoping to get more people involved in disabled sport in Essex and to give more opportunities for young or newly disabled people to get active. Our sport is inclusive to everyone, you don't need a disability to play wheelchair basketball!

TRAINFITNESSint

TRAINFITNESS is the UK’s leading personal trainer course provider. With over 17 years of experience, TRAINFITNESS offers a comprehensive, fully-rounded and deep learning experience

YOUTH FITNESS & FUN (5 - 15 YRS)

YOUTH FITNESS & FUN (5 - 15 YRS)

We offer 1 class on saturdays for kids aged 5 - 15 years
we introduce them to fitness in a fun way, through use of ciircuits, games and activities.
Our classes are at Dovedales Sports Centre in Chelmsford
5 - 15 Years are at 12pm
FIRST TASTER SESSION IS FREE

#MOTIVATING KIDS TO BE ACTIVE

FAMILY FITNESS

FAMILY FITNESS

We offer a Family Fitness session - open to ages 4 to 104 years. You work our directly with your superstars, getting fit, building bonds but most importantly having lots of fun.
We do this through circuits, fun and games

Dont just drop your kids off - JOIN THEM !!

FIRST SESSION IS FREE

Langdon Hills Nature Reserve Work Party

Langdon Hills Nature Reserve Work Party

Practical outdoor activities to help manage nature reserves. This can include fencing, planting trees, digging, weeding and the removal of invasive plants, dredging rivers, litter picking, coppicing, hedge laying and much more. All of this is gentle exercise in a beautiful outdoor environment. The activities are like gardening.

Brick Layer

Brick Layer

Location: Warley Place, Great Warley, Brentwood CM13 3HU Could you help rebuild some small boundary walls at our Warley Place Nature reserve?

We are currently seeking experienced brick layers to help maintain some low boundary walls surrounding the paths on the reserve.

Sawbridgeworth Marsh Work Parties

Sawbridgeworth Marsh Work Parties

Could you help preserve Sawbridgeworth Marsh for one of the UK's rarest mammals, the Water Vole? If so, our work parties are looking for extra help.

Fitness class for the over 50's

Fitness class for the over 50's

Exercise for the older person - working on the 4 key pillars of fitness - Flexibility, strength, aerobic and balance. All the exercises can be done seated, with chair support or standing.

Thurrock Thameside Nature Reserve Work Party

Thurrock Thameside Nature Reserve Work Party

Practical outdoor activities to help manage nature reserves. This can include fencing, planting trees, digging, weeding and the removal of invasive plants, dredging rivers, litter picking, coppicing, hedge laying and much more. All of this is gentle exercise in a beautiful outdoor environment.

Chafford Gorges Nature Reserve Work Party

Chafford Gorges Nature Reserve Work Party

Practical outdoor activities to help manage nature reserves. This can include fencing, planting trees, digging, weeding and the removal of invasive plants, dredging rivers, litter picking, coppicing, hedge laying and much more. All of this is gentle exercise in a beautiful outdoor environment. The activities are like gardening.