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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.

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
Contact Telephone
0300 311 22 33

North Norfolk Workout Group

We are a volunteer run community group, carrying out practical conservation activities to improve the biodiversity of our local green spaces, as well as our health and wellbeing.

Neatishead Community Gym

Neatishead Community Gym is a non-profit community organisation providing convenient and affordable fitness and exercise resources to the local community.

We are not a typical gym but stress fitness, activity and mobility, rather than body-building.

East Anglia Pickleball Development

It is my aim to introduce many people, young and old to the fun sport of Pickleball not only in Norfolk, but throughout East Anglia.

Yoga with Lucy

instagram @yogawithlucya

Mid Norfolk Workout Group

For middle of the day projects in central Norfolk.

Mobile Me Out & About

Mobile Me Out and About is a specially designed programme for the over 55s, providing information on fun and gentle physical activity opportunities for older adults.

Results Aimed Workouts

The Training Facility That Aims Every Workout Towards You & Your Results. We've taken your standard fitness class and condensed it down to sessions of just 5 members, giving an elite, personalised service to each individual in the group to ensure you actu

Feel Good Fitness - classes for people affected by cancer

The feel good fitness project provides free exercise opportunities for people affected by cancer to improve their health and wellbeing. Classes are available to people living with, recovering from and with a history of cancer, their carers, relatives and

Heartworks Phase 4 Cardiac Rehabilitation Scheme

“Heart works” exercise classes are specialist exercise classes, suitable for those with heart disease and others who want to reduce their chances of developing it. The classes are focused towards helping people to prevent and manage their condition


Revolutionary 30 minute all over body workout using boxing integrated exercises. No class times just arrive during our opening times. Personal training coach at every visit. First session is free. Training led by professional boxing champion for fast trac

Forever Fit 50+

Forever Fit 50+

A fun and friendly circuit class for mature adults 50+

Keep Fit (over 50s)

Keep Fit (over 50s)

A fun and friendly low impact aerobics and circuit class specifically aimed at people over the age of 50, you can work at your own pace.

Your first class is free and thereafter its £3.50 per class or £12 for four consecutive sessions.

Exercises are combined with music from the 60s-90s.

Guaranteed to help you improve flexibilty, balance, co-ordination, health, fitness, wellbeing and also lose a few pounds and tone your body.

Forever Fit 50+

Forever Fit 50+

A fun and friendly circuit class for over 50s

Forever Fit 50+

Forever Fit 50+

A fun and friendly circuit class for mature adults over 50s.

Pilates (Over 40s)

Pilates (Over 40s)

A fun way to improve your health, fitness, body and mind.

Become more flexible with a better posture and a stronger core. Plus relieve any muscle tension/aches and pains you have.



A fun way to improve your flexibility, balance, coordination, posture, core and relieve any muscle tension and aches and pains you have.

You can work at your own pace.

Forever Fit 50+

Forever Fit 50+

A circuit class of standing and seated exercises 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.
No floor work involved and all abilities welcome

Forever Fit 50+

Forever Fit 50+

A fun and friendly circuit class for mature adults 50+

Forever Fit 50+

Forever Fit 50+

A fun and friendly circuit class for mature adults 50+

Yoga and Relaxation

Yoga and Relaxation

Suitable for all, this class integrates various styles of yoga to help students gain awareness of the body and its potential. This is a great class for relieving stress and muscular tension. Yoga is practiced barefoot in comfortable loose or stretchy clothing. Mats are provided but you are encouraged to bring your own.