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.
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.
How often should I exercise?
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 if any of the following apply:
- You suffer from heart disease
- You have asthma
- You have diabetes
- You have arthritis
Exercise Referral Scheme
The Exercise Referral Scheme is run by Blaby District Council in partnership with East Leicestershire & Rutland CCG, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester-Shire & 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 at a convenient venue in the local community
- 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.
Activity options include the gym, health walks and community exercise classes and are based at different locations/times across the district for ease of access. Sessions currently run at Enderby Leisure Centre, The Pavilion, Huncote, Blaby Golf Centre, Blaby Social Centre, Braunstone Civic Centre, Brockington College, Countersthorpe Village Hall, Elmsthorpe Village Hall, Thorpe Astley community centre, Sapcote sports pavilion. Stoney Stanton, A Place To Grow - Enderby, Whetstone Parish Council and Winstanley Community College.
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:
For more information about the Exercise Referral Scheme please contact the Health and Leisure Services Team on 0116 272 7703 or email email@example.com
What exercises can I do for free?
Getting fit doesn't mean you have to pay costly amounts on monthly gym memberships. There are other alternatives of exercises that can be done for free.
Where can I go in the area to keep fit?
The main leisure facilities and leisure centres in the area are the Pavilion and Enderby. Here you will find a range of fitness classes and clubs to join in.
Pavilion leisure centre
Timetable and fees - List of activities available at the Pavilion leisure centre.
Enderby leisure centre
- Timetables (external link) - List of activities available at the Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre.
- Price list (external link) - Centre information and charges
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