Exercise Referral is a 12-week programme for adults aged 18 plus with a medical condition that would benefit from exercise.
The programme provides guidance and support for individuals becoming more active. It aims to increase fitness levels which can result in improved quality of life and can reduce the need for medication. Participants can attend as frequently as they wish, and will be offered a range of options including gym, swim and classes, according to their preference and the venue.
There are many conditions that an individual can be referred for, including:
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Cardiovascular Disease
- High blood pressure, high cholesterol or other risk factors for Coronary heart disease
- Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
- Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Depression, anxiety, stress, or other mental health problems
- Learning disabilities
- Musculo skeletal problems, such as joint or back problems
- Overweight pregnant women
- Degenerative diseases
Questions and Answers
Where are the exercise sessions?
The supervised exercise sessions are held at district leisure centres: Grantham Meres, Bourne, Deepings and Stamford. The Olde Barn Hotel, Marston and Grantham College can also accept referrals for patients in the Grantham area. Exercise sessions are scheduled at a variety of times and contain a range of physical activity.
How long does it last?
Clients have their own, specifically designed 12 week exercise programme and are required to attend all sessions.
What is the cost?
There is no cost to the Exercise Referral Scheme. Patients will receive a structured 12 week programme and support from the Physical Activity Advisor free of charge.
What will I learn during the programme?
During the sessions you will learn about the positive effects that physical activity can have on your health. You will meet new people and enjoy yourself!
Are these sessions supervised?
Yes, sessions are supervised by a qualified fitness professional, who have a wealth of expertise and experience.
Will there be people like me there?
Yes, Exercise Referral caters for all sections of South Kesteven's diverse population.
What happens when I finish?
By the end of your programme you will have enough fitness skills to be able to exercise independently. To ensure continued benefits from physical activity, you must participate regularly (ideally five times per week for at least 30 minutes per session).
When you complete the programme, the Physical Activity Advisor will recommend follow on activities to maintain and develop your physical activity levels.
How do I get started?
Your GP or practice nurse must recommend you. They can refer you to the Exercise Referral Programme if they are registered. If they are not, contact SKDC/ Leisure & Amenities and a team member will approach your GP to register on your behalf.