What is Activity on Referral?
The Northamptonshire Activity on Referral scheme offers exercise sessions tailored to your individual needs and is offered at various venues throughout Northamptonshire. Now that you have been referred by your health professional you can use this information leaflet to choose and then book your preferred programme at a venue local to you.
How long is the scheme?
Activity on Referral is your introduction to exercise and lasts 12 weeks. Over the course of the programme you are encouraged to build up your weekly activity levels by attending at least 2 - 3 sessions each week.
How much support will I get?
Our Activity on Referral instructors have been trained to work with people with the health conditions and will know how your condition will affect exercise and what exercise you can do. They will therefore ensure that you are supported to exercise safely.
Where can I have my Initial Consultation?
Your consultation meeting will take place at one of the following centres although you will have access to five leisure centres during the 12 weeks:
o Lings Forum Leisure Centre, NN3 8JR
o Danes Camp Leisure Centre, NN4 ORX
o Mounts Baths Leisure Centre, NN1 3DN
What will I need to wear and what shall I bring to the sessions?
Please wear trainers and comfortable clothing – for example tracksuit bottoms or other loose trousers and no denim for gym / class based sessions. Please take along any relevant medication.
I am really unfit, will the scheme be suitable for me?
The instructors are trained to work with people who have health conditions similar to you, and will encourage you to work at a level suitable for your health and fitness level whilst still motivating you.
What if I need someone to come with me?
You will not be allowed to simply ‘bring a friend’ along to exercise, but it is fine to bring someone along with you to support you if you wish. This may be applicable to non-English speaking participants or people with carers. This person will not need to pay but cannot use any of the equipment.
What happens when I finish?
At week 12 of the programme, you will have gained the confidence, knowledge, motivation and skills to exercise independently without the support of the Activity on Referral instructor. To continue with the benefits of exercise you should participate in 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 5 times a week. At your final review, you will be provided with other activities you should continue with to maintain and develop your exercise levels. Finally, you will be given the opportunity to continue your membership at a discounted rate.
What will I learn by participating in the scheme?
During the sessions you will learn how physical exercise can positively affect your health and well-being. You will have the opportunity to meet new people, understand your body’s needs and enjoy yourself.