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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 https://www.active-together.org/activereferral


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

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National Governing Bodies

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Snap Fitness Maidstone

Snap Fitness Maidstone

Local gym, Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
A great space for Cardio, weight training and classes.
All classes are free for members.
Memberships available for Age 18 years and upwards.

Victoria Bristow Pilates

Victoria Bristow Pilates

At Victoria Bristow Pilates
The services we provide:

A range of online video downloads and DVDs
General Pilates classes
Semi private Pilates
1to1s Pilates
Small equipment Pilates
The Tye 4 (Reformer Style ) Pilates
Pilates for back pain

The Park Club Chatham

The Park Club Chatham

The Park Club is a charitable company whose focus is to get more people, more active, more often. We have two clubs in Kent, one in Chatham and one in Ashford. We offer group exercise classes, a fully equipped gym, functional training area & squash court

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun

A free, weekly & timed 5km event open to people of all ages and abilities. Every Saturday at 9am.

Tough Love Boxing Ltd

Tough Love Boxing Ltd

We are a new Boxing club focusing on both physical health and mental health.

Nutrition Advice For Health

Nutrition Advice For Health

NafHealth is a community interest not-for profit organisation set up to offer nutritional education programs for weight loss, wellness and an improved health to communities at large.
We aim to promote and advance the health and wellbeing of our communiti

Faversham Strike Force Football Club

Faversham Strike Force Football Club

We are an FA Charter Standard Community Club who provide a safe, enjoyable, learning environment for all children and adults.



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