Everyone Active’s Exercise Referral scheme is the perfect way for people with long-term health conditions to increase physical activity levels and improve health. We want you all to enjoy and maintain at least half an hour of physical activity, five times a week. This is what the Government recommends everyone should aim to achieve as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Depending on your preference, you can do those 30 minutes of activity in our centres or at home. Alternatively, you can combine the two and do some sessions at home and some in centre. It’s up to you. We have dedicated Exercise Referral trainers that have put together workout programmes specifically for people with a multitude of health conditions.
The Exercise Referral programme covers a huge variety of health conditions. These include asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, as well as depression, anxiety, osteoporosis and plenty of other conditions.
Our highly-trained fitness instructors are ready to get you started with a variety of enjoyable physical activities to choose from. Being more active – even in a small way – will set you on the path to a happier, healthier you.
Your dedicated trainer will promote healthy lifestyle changes, encourage you to start a suitable exercise programme, advise you on how to exercise safely and support you through the programme with any advice you need.
Coronavirus has, of course, forced us all to make some significant adjustments to the way we lead our lives. Specifically those of you who suffer from certain health conditions. If, therefore, you are shielding, or simply don’t feel comfortable coming to our centres for Exercise Referral sessions just yet, we completely understand.
This is why we have put together an enormous programme of video workouts that you can follow along with in your own home. They’re easy to follow, with our highly-trained instructor taking you through every exercise. There are also a number of variations of each exercise to ensure everyone can take part.
If you’d like to give the Exercise Referral workout programme at home a go, check out the videos below. Let us know what you think!
Regular physical activity can help you manage your weight, have a positive effect on you mentally, improve your muscle and joint functions, and benefit your heart health too. Not only will it help you manage and control existing conditions, but it will help protect you from developing other health complications as well.
To get started please speak to your local centre or Health Professional about being referred onto our exercise referral scheme where you will be able to use a range of facilities with expert guidance and support.
What do we do?
- We provide support, advice and encouragement from our fully qualified Exercise Referral Specialist
- Exercises will prescribed in exercise programme to assist with your current illness or disease
- We offer special exercise referral gym sessions weekly
- Help to improve your energy, general well-being and increase you physical activity levels
- Introduce you to new friends
How can I join the exercise referral scheme?
- Simply speak to your GP or Practice Nurse
- This service is open to non-members only
Your GP/Practice Nurse will confirm whether you fit the referral inclusion criteria.
What does the exercise referral scheme involve?
We provide support, advice and encouragement from our fully qualified GP Referral Exercise Specialist, they will design and guide you through your own personal fitness plan depending upon your medical conditions and abilities.
Activities may include:
*Participation in activities are dependent on your medical condition(s)
What if I have not exercised before?
- Our Exercise Referral Exercise Specialist will design and guide you through your own personal fitness plan. All you require is comfortable clothing, training shoes and a bottle of water
How can I join or access the exercise referral scheme?
- Simply speak to your GP or Practice Nurse
- If you are eligible, you will be referred to us
How long do I need to attend?
Participants are required to attend at least two sessions weekly
The benefits of exercise on health are well documented, below are some of our member testimonials since the scheme started.
“The gym staff are very friendly and motivational and have helped me achieve my goals. I mix my gym workouts with group fitness classes and swimming and very much enjoy it. I am now depression free – I am a new man!”
“The scheme has improved my way of life. Most importantly as a diabetic my sugar level has reduced down to the required level of 4. As a result my diabetic Nurse advised that I no longer needed to stay on the Metformin”
“I didn’t want to do the exercise referral scheme but really it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I lost 3 & 1/2 stone”
“A recent patient with fibromyalgia told me she has had a better response to the exercise programme set up for her via Everyone Active than 16 different painkillers & antidepressants we have tried! I have positive feedback from every patient who attends the sessions & have seen really significant & long term improvements in patient health resulting from the lifestyle changes they have made”