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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

PfP Leisure

Not-for-profit organisation provided leisure facilities to clients across the country including local authorities. Manage over 120 leisure centres in England.

Total Fitness Workout

Classes to suit all ages and fitness levels in Killamarsh, Bolsover and Beighton.
The over 50s/beginners low impact classes, chair exercise class, abs, stretch and toning classes, mixed level cardio, toning and stretch class, Zumba classes to suit all ag

East Midlands Parkour Coaching

EMPK is a group of professional Parkour/Freerunning athletes and coaches with 10 years of training and 2 years of coaching each.
We run multiple weekly sessions for people of all ages and abilities.
Follow us on social media!
@eastmidlandsparkour

RideWise

RideWise is a charity dedicated to supporting and enabling the use of sustainable forms of transport. We inspire and support people and organisations to travel more frequently by bikes, trams, trains, buses, walking, cycling, carsharing and even electric

East Midlands Parkour

EMPK is a group of professional Parkour/Freerunning athletes and coaches with 10 years of training and 2 years of coaching each.
We run multiple weekly sessions for people of all ages and abilities.
Follow us on social media!
@eastmidlandsparkour

Exercise for the Heart

Established in 1992, we are a heart and lung support group affiliated to BHF and BLF.
We offer exercise classes fully supervised with level 4 cardiac/respiratory instructors. A social group offering a personal touch to your exercise needs.