Help to get active

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – help with physical activity

Due to government rules on social distancing, physical activity programmes have now stopped. You can still register to take part in the programmes when they start again. Contact Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Service for details and to register.

Physical activity

There are many health benefits to being active every day.

Staying active can:

  • reduce your chance of getting conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases
  • improve your sleep
  • help you maintain a healthy weight
  • prove your quality of life
  • reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety

How much physical activity you need to stay healthy

Adults need to do 2 types of physical activity each week to stay healthy or to improve health:

  • aerobic activity that gets you breathing harder and your heart beating faster
  • strength exercise to make your muscles stronger

Exercise on referral

The 'exercise on referral' scheme is for people who can be helped by a programme of exercise to manage and improve their long-term conditions. The programme is provided at the Impulse Leisure centres in Thurrock.

The following long-term conditions can be improved:

  • back pain
  • cancer
  • cardiovascular disease
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • diabetes
  • mental health – low-level
  • obesity
  • Parkinson's disease
  • stroke

The programme lasts 12 weeks, with exercise sessions held twice each week with qualified instructors.

Your GP can refer you to this programme by completing the referral form on our Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Service page.

Help to get active

Contact Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Service for help to get yourself off the sofa and into a more active healthy lifestyle. Support services are tailored to your physical abilities.