Let’s Get Physical!
Your health is important and an active lifestyle is the key to better all round wellbeing. It will help you to feel well, stay well, give you energy and help you live longer.
Kingston Council runs a number of prgrammes across the Borough which can help you to get active. These include;
- Get Active exercise referral programme (more details below)
- Walk for Health (more details below)
- Active Gardening
Get Active Exercise Referrals
Get Active is an exercise referral programme which was launched in collaboration with local partners which allows GPs to refer patients to an exercise specialist at one of the five leisure centres in the borough. The programme is for those aged 16 and above whose health could benefit from a more active lifestyle. It is designed to assist people who have certain medical conditions and as a preventative measure for those who are at risk of developing health related problems.
These are just a few of the medical conditions/risk factors targeted by Get Active:
o Risk factors for heart disease i.e. family history smoking, overweight / obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure
o At risk of osteoporosis
o Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, joint problems and back pain
o Anxiety, depression, stress and controlled mental problems
o Controlled asthma
The benefits of physical activity are many, but here are just a few:
o Reduces your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
o Weight management
o Keeps your joints mobile and muscles and bones strong
o Increases self confidence, improves sleep and promotes relaxation
o Relieves stress and enhances mental health
If you would like to know more about the Get Active programme, please speak to your GP or health professional who will assess your suitability to the programme and complete a referral form. Alternatively, contact the Healthy Lifesytles Co-ordinator at RBK on 0800 028 8694; e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingston offers a range of leisure opportunities in the borough from healthy walks and cycling to a wide choice of sport. Please use the above contact details to find out more about ways to be active.
See below what some patient's had to say about the programme;
“I learnt about the Get Active as a result of discovering I have osteoarthritis in my knees. My GP suggested doing some strengthening exercises and joining was an excellent decision. An instructor devised and supervised a regime of effective and very enjoyable exercises. I came to the gym twice a week and noticed results within the first four sessions. My osteoarthritis will not go away but I feel better and fitter. I am able to climb stairs and even run to catch the bus!” Patricia
After being housebound for a month with a leg brace for my broken knee, the Get Active programme has not only improved my knee strength and got me walking normally but has helped my all round mobility, physical health and fitness. My instructor Neil gave me a programme which has speeded up my recovery and I have now been discharged from Hospital; I am unfortunately back to work 2 months early! I have found that coming to the gym and exercising has given me a buzz and a new zest for life. It’s been a really enjoyable experience” William
Kingston Walk for Health
If you are interested in getting fit and healthy it might be easier than you think! Walking is a free and accessible activity that you can fit in to your lifestyle and a means of getting your daily quota of exercise without the need for expensive kit or class fees.
Walk for Health is a programme of free weekly, social, health walks of between 30 and 90 minutes duration for everyone. The walks are for those who would like to improve their physical and mental wellbeing and enjoy the added benefit of exercising outdoors.
The walks are located throughout the borough and vary in length and intensity to suit all. Walks are inclusive and families are welcome, older people, teenagers and members of the community from every walk of life to enjoy some of Kingston's most scenic surroundings. The walks are very sociable and many walkers meet for tea and coffee afterwards.
Children and young people under 16 years should be accompanied by an adult.