I am currently studying for a qualification in exercise referral and thought I'd write a blog explaining what this qualification can offer. I am very close to finishing my course and will update my services and website once qualified.
If you're looking to improve your fitness, an exercise referral scheme could be just what you need. This program is designed to help people who have health concerns that could be improved with exercise. In this blog, I'll take a closer look at the benefits of exercise referral schemes and how they can help you achieve your fitness goals.
What is an exercise referral scheme?
An exercise referral scheme is a program that allows healthcare professionals, such as doctors or physiotherapists, to refer patients to a qualified fitness professional like myself. I will then develop an exercise program that is tailored to the individual's needs and abilities very much like I currently do but this will help me cover a broader range. The program will take into account any health concerns, medical conditions, or injuries the individual may have.
What are the benefits of an exercise referral scheme?
Improved physical health
Regular exercise has numerous benefits for physical health. It can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Exercise can also help manage conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, and arthritis. By following a personalized exercise program, individuals can improve their overall health and well-being.
Improved mental health
Exercise has been shown to have numerous benefits for mental health. It can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and boost self-esteem. Following a regular exercise
program can also help individuals manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Professional guidance and support
One of the biggest benefits of an exercise referral scheme is the professional guidance and support individuals receive. Fitness professionals like myself are trained to design safe and effective exercise programs that are tailored to each individual's needs. They can also provide motivation and support, which can be especially helpful for those who are new to exercise or struggle with self-motivation.
When you're working with a fitness professional, you have someone to hold you accountable. They can help you set goals, track your progress, and make adjustments to your exercise program as needed. Having someone to answer to can help keep you motivated and on track.
Access to facilities and equipment
Many exercise referral schemes provide access to facilities and equipment that individuals may not have access to on their own. This can include gym memberships, exercise classes, and specialised equipment. Having access to these resources can help individuals get the most out of their exercise program. My services as always are especially more bespoke as I have a fully private setting to which I deliver any form of training session.
An exercise referral scheme can be a valuable tool for improving physical and mental health. By working with a qualified fitness professional, individuals can receive personalised guidance and support, access to resources, and increased accountability. If you're interested in improving your fitness and have health concerns that could be addressed with exercise, consider asking your healthcare provider about an exercise referral scheme.