Exercise referral schemes are only for people who are sedentary or inactive and have existing health conditions or other factors that put them at increased risk of ill health if the scheme meets recommended guidelines.
NICE (National Insitute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends structured exercise programmes tailored to individual need to manage, and for rehabilitation after, certain health conditions, including:
- myocardial infarction (see NICE clinical guideline 172 on secondary prevention)
- stroke (see NICE clinical guideline 162 on rehabilitation)
- chronic heart failure (see NICE clinical guideline 108)
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (see NICE clinical guideline 101)
- depression (see NICE clinical guideline 90 for adults)
- low back pain (see NICE clinical guideline 88)
- chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy) (see NICE clinical guideline 53)
Being depressed can leave you feeling low in energy, which might put you off being more active.
Regular exercise can boost your mood if you have depression, and it’s especially useful for people with mild to moderate depression.
Please see here for information about exercise on prescription for people suffering from depression: