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

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 Clubs/Groups Near You

Use the search below to find local organisations near you.

Easterhouse Community Sport Hub

Our hub aims to serve local people in and around the Easterhouse area of Glasgow. We want to improve the health and wellbeing of local people by getting more people active.

Good Move

Good Move recognises that being physically active is one of the single most important things you can do for our health, which is why we focus our efforts on enabling the inactive become active.

National Governing Bodies

Glasgow Life - Sport

Contact Name
Glasgow Life - Sport
Contact Email
activityfinder@glasgowlife.org.uk
Eastend Empowering Stars

Eastend Empowering Stars

We are a charitable organisation set up to enhance the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of children and the elderly within disadvantaged throughout Glasgow Eastend.

Good Move

Good Move

Good Move recognises that being physically active is one of the single most important things you can do for our health, which is why we focus our efforts on enabling the inactive become active.

Scottish Sports Futures

Scottish Sports Futures

“You're probably the only people who care about us.” SSF Young Person. SSF uses the power of sport and physical activity to engage with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and families in Scotland and empower them.

Tai Chi Glasgow South

Tai Chi Glasgow South

Tai Chi classes in Glasgow Southside, Tai Chi tuition in Cheng Man-ching form, Push Hands and Sword.

Easterhouse Community Sport Hub

Easterhouse Community Sport Hub

Easterhouse CSH delivers activities across the Easterhouse community: Boxing, Badminton, Cycling, Taekwondo, Hurling, Yoga, Table Tennis, Community activities and Physical Activity

YoGlasgow!

YoGlasgow!

Community Interest Company delivering Community yoga (chair and mat-based) in Easterhouse, Barmulloch, Springburn, Baillieston, Possil and Coatbridge. Working in partnership with health centres.

Easterhouse Phoenix - Men @ Phoenix

Easterhouse Phoenix - Men @ Phoenix

A dedicated club for males in Easterhouse aged 18+ years to socialise and get active through a wide range of activities. We aim to keep costs low by only asking attendees to donate through an honesty box.

Phoenix Taekwondo Cardonald

Phoenix Taekwondo Cardonald

Community based martial arts club following the Taekwondo Association of Great Britain syllabus. The club offers various opportunities to grade and compete at various levels through separate traditional, sparring / fitness classes, achievable goal setting

Live Active

Live Active

Get the most out of life! With the help of our specialist advisors we'll give you the support you need to get active.

Weekly Tai Chi drop in Class at Govan Men’s Shed (all welcome- not just the blokes!)

Weekly Tai Chi drop in Class at Govan Men’s Shed (all welcome- not just the blokes!)

Gentle exercise and relaxation for health and wellbeing. Offering a mixture of Tai Chi and Chi Gong (Qigong) suitable for beginners and all levels of experience.

Easterhouse Cycling

Easterhouse Cycling

Do you wish to get fitter, healthier and enjoy your community? Our Cycling sessions are free and aim to increase your confidence on a bike. Whether you haven't been on a bike before or regular bike user, we welcome you regardless of ability.

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