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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.

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Make Inside Feel Better.

One You

Thu, 01 Oct 2020

Being healthier is not just about doing the right thing – it's about making changes to fit your lifestyle and make you feel good.

We Are Undefeatable

Thu, 29 Aug 2019

When you’re managing a long term health condition, being active is about finding what works for you.

Couch to 5K

Get off the couch and running 5K in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the step-by-step audio instructions.

National Governing Bodies

NHS England

Contact Name
NHS England
Contact Email
england.contactus@nhs.net
Contact Telephone
0300 311 22 33
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Heartworks Phase 4 Cardiac Rehabilitation Scheme

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Creative Arts East

Creative Arts East

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All Members get help with there fitness goals of all ages and ablities.
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JW CORE GYM

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A professional, fun approach to functional exercise.
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Close interaction with trainers, high

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Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre

Offering a whole host of sports and activities, Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre is dedicated to helping the local community get more active.

Squirrel Wood Equestrian Centre

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Specialises in Equine Therapy and is a Riding for the Disabled Centre.
Happy to teach SEN children.

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 £4.50 per class or £16 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.

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.

Strength and Balance Class

Strength and Balance Class

Senior Strength Fitness is a team of advanced exercise professionals that specialise in falls prevention and evidence-based interventions to keep individuals independent and mobile as they move into later years. With a wealth of knowledge and experience exercising individuals with complex health conditions and mobility issues, we offer classes that are suitable for each individual's needs, as well as an environment for people to socialise and support one another as they progress through their well-being journey together.

Strength & Balance Class

Strength & Balance Class

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Archery Beginners Courses

Archery Beginners Courses

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