Do you need help exercising?

Vivacity can help you if you have a longstanding health condition and you are aged 16 years or older. Discover how to live a healthier and more active life with Vivacity’s GP Exercise Referral Scheme

We all know that increasing our physical activity can help with a wide range of illnesses and health problems. It can reduce your chance of getting heart disease, cancer and chronic back pain, as well as obesity, hypertension and diabetes. It can also help improve your mental state by helping with depression, anxiety and low self-esteem by boosting confidence and reducing the impact of stress-related illnesses.

For most of us, there is a range of simple solutions, whether it be joining a gym or simply going for regular walks (see next page). For some, however – especially those who have long-term health conditions – exercising can present more of a challenge. But help is at hand. Vivacity now offer a range of weekly classes, at reduced rates, for anyone living with health conditions and who are living a sedentary or physically inactive lifestyle. The classes offer specialist support and advice and present an opportunity to meet and socialise with people who are living with similar conditions.

What programmes are available?
Classes covering a wide range of health conditions are available at Hampton Leisure Centre in a private studio environment, and classes are at the reduced rate of just £2.50. Free teas and coffees are served after every session where you can relax and chat in a friendly setting.

Obesity, Diabetes and Hypertension Programme
Every Monday, 10.45am – 11.45am
This is for you if you have a BMI of 25 or above, hypertension, diabetes type 1 or 2 or a family history of heart disease.

Increasing Mobility Programme
Every Tuesday, 10.45am – 11.45am
The increasing mobility programme is to help those with limited mobility, this could include those who have suffered injury and are post physiotherapy.

NEW Cardiac and Respiratory Programme
Every Wednesday, 12.30pm – 1.15pm
The cardiac respiratory programme is available to those with asthma, emphysema, coronary obstructive pulmonary disease or heart disease.

Musculoskeletal Programme
Every Thursday, 11am – noon
For those suffering from arthritis, osteo-arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis.

NEW Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Every Thursday, 1.45pm – 2.45pm
This class is sensitive to those with specific needs who may be living with depression, anxiety, stress-related illnesses, dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Stroke Rehabilitation
Every Monday 11am-noon
This session is specifically focused on the specifc needs of stroke survivors, this will help them to regain control and improve their quality of life.

To apply for these classes complete a self referral form online at www.vivacity-peterborough. com/exercisereferral or print a GP Referral form and speak to your healthcare professional about your condition. For more information you can speak to a trained advisor on 01733 864764 or email in confidence.

Please note: These classes are not for you if you have unstable angina, unstable hypertension, unstable diabetes, severe coronary heart disease or early post myocardial infarction/coronary artery bypass graft/angioplasty, unstable/severe mental health problems or are in the late stages of pregnancy. Speak to your GP if you are unsure. Class instructors reserve the right to refuse to instruct any patient whom they feel unqualified or unconfident to deal with.

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