Keeping Fit and Active

There are many ways of keeping fit and living a healthy lifestyle without even joining a gym. You can go for a leisurely walk, join a local sports team or cycle within your local area. These are some of the great ways to meet and socialise with new people with the aid of keeping yourself fit.

You can see more information about the two Leisure Centres in the area by visiting the webpage.

The benefits of keeping active

People who engage in regular forms of exercise and sport activities are likely to live a healthier lifestyle and reduce the risk of developing serious diseases such as heart disease, strokes or diabetes.

Physical activity can also help with weight loss and help with keeping your immune system protected against catching coughs and colds. Other benefits include boosting your overall energy levels and reducing mental health medical conditions such as depression.

Who needs to exercise?

Whether you’re young or old; any form of physical exercise will benefit your health in the long term and should be done regularly.

Children especially should be participating in some form of physical activity daily to overcome them from getting overweight or being obese.

Normally you should be aiming at least 150 minutes weekly. This is recommended to reduce any form of medical conditions such as heart disease.

Before you start to exercise

Ensure that you’re physically fit before you start any form of exercise. Make sure you seek medical advice from your doctor you:

  • Suffer from heart disease
  • Have asthma
  • Have diabetes
  • Have arthritis
Exercise Referral Scheme

The Exercise Referral Scheme is run by Blaby District Council in partnership with East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport, GP Practices and other Health Care Professionals.

It offers people who are currently inactive, and who have a medical condition that could benefit from physical activity the opportunity to participate in physical activity sessions.

The scheme is 12-weeks and allows participants to:

  • Get a special rate
  • Take part in exercise across the district, including the Pavilion Leisure Centre and Enderby Leisure Centre
  • Exercise under the guidance of qualified exercise professionals

The 12-week programme offers clients ongoing encouragement and support to make the first steps in becoming more active on a regular basis.

If you are current physically inactive and would like to be referred onto the scheme, please go to your GP surgery and ask them to make a referral to us on your behalf.

Heart Smart Scheme

The Heart Smart Scheme runs alongside the Exercise Referral Scheme. It is a 16-week Phase IV Cardiac rehabilitation scheme run by Blaby District Council in partnership with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust hospitals and local GP surgeries.

Heart Smart is targeted at people who are either recovering from heart problems or heart surgery.

To enable individuals to achieve and maintain a health and lifestyle, the programme is there to promote and support individuals to engage in an exercise programme which will assist them in their daily lives.

There are two ways to be referred into the Heart Smart Scheme:

  • Hospital
  • GP

For more information about the Exercise Referral Scheme please contact the Health and Leisure Services Team using the form at the bottom of this page.

Last updated 15 February 2019
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