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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

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.


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.


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

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

Back 2 Exercise

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

Mid Norfolk Workout Group

For middle of the day projects in central Norfolk.

Gymtec Fitness

Gymtec Fitness of South Green Park, Mattishall is a purpose built, modern, bright gym overlooking extensive, open countryside – the ideal setting to focus on fitness. Our fully air conditioned gym is equipped with the latest, top of the range equipment.

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.

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

Dereham Leisure Centre

With state of the art equipment and enthusiastic staff on hand to help you, our gym is the perfect place to get fit! You can pay separately each time you go, or for a great deal you can sign up to our expressions fitness membership and gain exclusive bene

Forever Fit 50+

Forever Fit 50+

A fun and friendly circuit class for mature adults 50+

Be Active, Keep Moving - physio-based exercise class

Be Active, Keep Moving - physio-based exercise class

The physiotherapy based circuit class aims to target groups who have recently received and completed physiotherapy treatment and would like to access affordable physio exercise programmes to continue exercise programmes in the local community.

Forever Fit 50+

Forever Fit 50+

A fun and friendly circuit class for over 50s

Forever Fit 50+

Forever Fit 50+

***This is a NEW CLASS starting Friday 11th January 2019***
A fun and friendly circuit class for mature adults over 50s.



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+

****This is a NEW CLASS starting Thursday 10th January***
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.

Pilates Level 2

Pilates Level 2

Jennifer Dunnell is our resident Pilates tutor. Pilates takes place in our dance studio. Level 2 provides more progressive and challenging exercises. No booking required.

Pilates Level 1

Pilates Level 1

Jennifer Dunnell is our resident Pilates tutor. Pilates takes place in our dance studio and is suitable for all abilities. Level 1 provides the foundations of Pilates suitable for all ages. No booking required.