Exercise referral schemes aim to improve an individual's health and wellbeing by offering physical activity and healthy eating opportunities. An individual may be assessed by a healthcare professional and referred to a physical activity provider or scheme due to a sedentary / inactive lifestyle impacting their health. Specific services will be selected to meet the individual's needs in order to improve their health.
Fitter Futures Warwickshire, co-ordinated by Nuneaton & Bedworth Leisure Trust, is responsible for the exercise referral schemes in Stratford-on-Avon District (and throughout the county) as commissioned by Public Health Warwickshire and Warwickshire County Council.
Fitter Futures receives referrals from healthcare professionals and will offer individuals one of the following three options:
The NHS recommends that an adult (19-64 years) should complete 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week - it is suggested this could be completed in 30 minute intervals, five times a week. Moderate intensity exercise could include activities such as brisk walking or cycling. It is also recommended to complete strength exercises on at least two days a week. Children (5-18 years) should complete 60 minutes of physical activity a day, including at least three days of exercises that strengthen muscle and bone.
Please visit NHS Live Well for further information about physical activity guidelines.
There are many physical, psychological and social benefits to exercise including: