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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

Modern life makes it hard to be healthy. The good news is we can fight back. One You is here to help you get back to a healthier you.

National Governing Bodies

NHS England

Contact Name
NHS England
Contact Email
england.contactus@nhs.net
Contact Telephone
0300 311 22 33

JW CORE GYM

A professional, fun approach to functional exercise.
Members benefit from improved body movement and physical conditioning leaving them feel great.
Classes cater to everyone from beginner to professional athlete.
Close interaction with trainers, high

BOX30

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

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.

Mid Norfolk Workout Group

For middle of the day projects in central Norfolk.

Tom's Kickboxing Academy

Tom's Kick boxing Academy Is a martial arts academy specialising in kick boxing, self defence and fitness training.

Started by Tom Oldridge in 2012 who has been in the game 14 years and teaching for 10 of those years.

We have 2 venues.

Shipdham

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.

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.

Back 2 Exercise

Well structured specialist exercise classes for backs and knees using evidence based exercise programmes and delivered under quality supervision.

Mobile Me

The Mobile Me programme predominantly focus on the over 65s and is designed to address barriers to participation within sport for this age group, with an aim to increase and normalise participation in physical activity within sheltered housing sites.

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