Exercise Referral Scheme
The aim of the scheme is simple! More physical activity, whether it be walking, dancing or DIY will improve your health. The Exercise Referral Scheme provides a wealth of advice and support to encourage more people to take regular exercise.
The special referral scheme at The Aspire is available to people who have been referred by a GP, Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor or Physiotherapist as being suitable for developing their fitness/activity levels and general well being through regular exercise.
All referrals qualify for a personalised 12 weeks exercise programme, developed by our fully qualified friendly Fitness Instructor.
After the 12 week period all referrals qualify for discounted Aspire membership. To find out more information speak to your GP or visit The Aspire
What is the exercise referral scheme?
It's a 12 week programme available at The Aspire on Tuesday’s 1.30pm – 3.00pm or at other selected Wandsworth Leisure centres. You will benefit from one to one advice from one of our exercise specialists and a tailor-made fitness programme.
Over the 12 week period you may attend supervised exercise sessions. You can attend as often as you like during the 12 week period. You are entitled to a discounted rate for 12 weeks (£3.25 per gym session).
How does it work?
Ask your GP or nurse to refer you onto the scheme. Once we receive your referral you will be given an appointment at the Aspire Centre or other Wandsworth centres.
What are the benefits?
There is no doubt that changes in how active you are and what you do, including regular exercise, help you to feel better, be more positive and reduce the risk of ill health later on.
Previous patients have commented on 'feeling more lively', 'losing weight', 'firming/toning up', 'reduced stress', 'helped me to sleep better' and 'gave me more energy
This programme could be the start of a new you.
What if I've never done any exercise like this before?
That doesn't matter, what is important that you've decided to start now. Your GP and the Aspire staff will encourage you and provide you with guidance and support in helping you to get going.
The sooner you start, the sooner you will start to feel the benefits.
What happens next?
Following your GP appointment, your doctor refers you to your preferred facility where an instructor will contact you to make an appointment for your start date.
Our instructor will show you how to use all of the equipment and will remain with you to supervise all of the GP Referral sessions. Your instructor will also guide you through the completion of your exercise card.
What do I wear?
There is no need for expensive or fashionable clothing. For pool based activities all you need is a suitable bathing costume and a towel. For the fitness suite you will need comfortable clothing, preferably a t-shirt, joggers or shorts, socks, clean indoor trainers and a towel.
What happens after the 12 week course?
After you have completed your 12 week course you will go back to your doctor to discuss the benefits of the exercise programme. If you are feeling better you will then be able to continue on a normal programme of exercise to suit your needs. You can return to the facility of your choice where the staff will continue to encourage you with your goals.