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'Make Fitness Your Goal' Membership Offer - 7 June to 7 July 2019

Join for only £20.19* per month and receive unlimited swimming, gym (and induction), fitness classes, badminton and squash (off peak), running track and more.

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Exercise Referral Scheme

It is safe and appropriate for almost anyone to be physically active. Physical Activity forms part of the treatment pathway for many illnesses, including diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

The Exercise Referral service, offers the opportunity to access appropriate exercise settings, to help you increase your activity levels. This could be regardless of your age, fitness levels or medical history.

If you are concerned about your health and are currently inactive then book an appointment with your GP who will refer you to an appropriate leisure centre, Healthy Hub Park or Action Heart.

Who is this scheme for?

To access the scheme you will be referred by a health care professional. The scheme if for people who are sedentary & possessing one or more of the following conditions

  • Family history of coronary heart disease (CHD)
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight/obese
  • Hypertensive
  • Smoker
  • Depression
  • Anxiety/stress
  • High cholesterol
  • People who require more supervision
  • Inactive

If you have three or more conditions, you may be referred to Action Heart.

What are the benefits of becoming more active?

Being more active can help:

  • Make you feel more energetic and lively
  • Form part of the treatment pathway for many illnesses
  • Improve your health and body shape
  • Keep your muscles and bones strong
  • Provide you with a sense of achievement
  • Help achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Keep your joints mobile
  • Relieve stress and tension
  • Provide an opportunity to meet new friends or renew acquaintances

How much exercise do I need to do to keep healthy?

The Department of Health recommends the following: 

  • Adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week.
  • Alternatively, comparable benefits can be achieved through 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity spread across the week or combinations of moderate and vigorous intensity activity.
  • Adults should also undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days a week.
  • All adults should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.

Individual physical and mental capabilities should be considered when interpreting the guidelines.

What does the scheme entitle me to?

The scheme allows you to access local leisure activities in a safe environment for a 6 month period. For the first 3 months you will exercise within one of our supervised gyms. You will receive an in-depth gym induction and personal exercise programme. The programme of gym exercise will be designed specifically for you by a trained exercise instructor, taking your medical history into consideration.

After the initial 3 months you are encouraged to try other leisure centre activities. Activities available include:

  • Swimming
  • Gym
  • Fitness classes

*Terms and conditions apply 

How much will the Exercise Referral scheme cost me?

£15 per month membership for 6 months or 50% discount on selected activities. After you have joined the scheme and enjoyed the 6 month discounted period, you will pay the full price, as the scheme is not renewable.

After the 6 month discounted period, you will pay full price, as the scheme is not renewable.

You will not be accepted on to Dudley Council Leisure Services Exercise Referral scheme if you currently hold or have held a membership at Crystal, Dudley or Halesowen leisure centres within the last 6 months.

You can only access the Exercise Referral scheme for one continuous 6 month period.

How long does the scheme last for?

The Exercise Referral scheme is a one off referral which cannot be renewed. The scheme allows access to the leisure centres for up to 6 months from the date of joining. After the 6 month period you will have the option to access the leisure centres as a full price client. Other membership offers are available.

You can only access the Exercise Referral scheme for one continuous 6 month period.

Eligibility criteria

To join the Exercise Referral scheme you will need to:

  • be registered with a Dudley GP, work in Dudley or live in Dudley
  • not meet the recommendation to be active for 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week, every week
  • see a doctor, nurse or other referrer and complete the referral
  • the leisure centre will contact you to arrange an induction
  • complete your application at the centre choosing Direct Debit or pay as you go
  • cannot be an existing customer or used the centres within the previous 6 months

You can only access the Exercise Referral scheme for one continuous 6 month period.