About exercise referral
Exercise referral is a 10 week programme which lets you try regular physical activity to help improve your health and well-being. The scheme is for people aged 16 or over who are not used to physical activity and / or who have certain medical conditions. The scheme is run by medically trained fitness instructors.
Getting a place on exercise referral
You must be referred by your doctor or health care professional to get a place on the scheme. They will send us your details.
Contact us to arrange your first appointment by telephoning Fort Regent on +44 (0) 1534 449600.
Your first exercise referral appointment
You must contact us to arrange your first appointment at Fort Regent. The appointment lasts about an hour.
In the two hours immediately before your first appointment you should avoid:
- drinking tea, coffee or alcohol
If you have a cold or flu or are recovering from a virus then you should cancel your appointment and rebook it once you are well again.
Report to the front desk at Fort Regent and we will come and meet you. We will assess your fitness and give you an exercise programme which suits you. We will show you the sports facilities and invite you to attend ten weeks of exercise sessions at the sports centre closest to you.
All sessions are supervised by medically trained fitness instructors. You are encouraged to work at your own pace.
What to bring
You need to bring:
- your referral form
- a list of your medications
- an emergency contact number
- a small bottle of water
- GTN spray if you require one (for angina)
- reading glasses if you need them
- comfortable clothes (tracksuit or loose-fitting clothes)
- comfortable shoes
- a sugary snack or drink if you have diabetes
Where the sessions take place
Exercise referral sessions take place at:
- Fort Regent
- Les Quennevais
Fort Regent exercise referral timetable (size 291kb)
Springfield exercise referral timetable (size 182kb)
Les Quennevais exercise referral timetable (size 189kb)
The exercise referral scheme encourages you to do regular physical activity which can help to:
- improve your stamina, endurance and energy levels
- increase your strength and suppleness
- reduce or maintain your weight
- improve your self-confidence and self-esteem
- reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- control your blood pressure
- reduce the effects of osteoporosis
- improve your general well-being
- rehabilitate following an injury, surgery or illness
After the scheme
At the end of 10 weeks you will be invited to have another fitness assessment (free of charge) to discuss your progress. We will send the results to your GP and whoever referred you on to the scheme.
You may continue attending the tutor-led exercise referral classes for a further two months or buy an Active card at a reduced rate.
If you prefer to exercise outdoors try the Ramblers MacMillan Health Walks. These are easy, short walks suitable for those with lower physical ability or long term conditions.
You can also try Nordic Walking. Nordic walking uses poles for greater stability but also for a more energetic walk and is suitable for all abilities.
Active card membership on Active website
Ramblers MacMillan Health Walks
The initial fitness assessment costs £21.40. The follow-up is free of charge.
At the assessment you will be given a membership card. The card is used to book sessions. The exercise referral classes cost £22.50 for five sessions for an adult or £12.75 for five sessions if you are a senior citizen.
If you are receiving support from Social Security you may be entitled to attend for free.
All prices are subject to change.