Steps to Health

What is the 'Steps to Health' scheme?

Steps to Health is an Exercise Referral scheme which is currently being held at your local Legacy Leisure Centres within RBWM (Maidenhead, Windsor and Charters).

You receive a tailored programme that is safe, supervised and an enjoyable introduction to physical activity within a controlled environment. The scheme gives patients who are not regularly active or who have health problems the opportunity to improve their health and well-being, regardless of age, ability or experience.

The information below outlines the programme content however if you would like to speak to an individual about taking part in this scheme please contact:

Sarah Hill - 07876 586445   by email:Sarah.Hill@RBWM.gov.uk
Lifestyle Coordinator and Clinical Exercise Specialist
The Royal Borough Of Windsor and Maidenhead
In Partnership with Legacy Leisure


How can the scheme help me?

  • Increased fitness
  • Increased strength
  • Increased confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Improved mental health
  • Improved knowledge of leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Improved flexibility
  • Weight management
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Control or prevent medical conditions e.g diabetes


You will find the scheme beneficial if you have:

  • High Blood Pressue
  • Stress
  • Osteoporosis
  • Weight problems
  • Asthma / COPD
  • High cholesterol
  • Poor balance
  • Low fitness levels
  • Diabetes
  • Low self-esteem
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Risk of CHD
  • Any disability (physical, learning, hearing, visual)


What does the scheme involve?

  • 12 weeks of supervised physical activity
  • Seven one-to-one consultations including progress reviews
  • Gym induction
  • A choice of activities e.g. Aqua, Pilates, Circuits, Walking Club
  • Lifestyle discussions (healthy eating, smoking)
  • Setting realistic targets depending upon your individual needs
  • Advice and support so that you can continue to be active on a long term basis


How much does it cost?

Prices for the scheme can vary depending upon your employment status and how often you will be using the facilities. Therefore your instructor will talk you through the best option for you at your Welcome Consultation. 

 

What do I need?

Flat walking shoes or trainers and comfortable clothing are all that you need to get started. Jeans and shoes with heels are not recommended. You may wish to bring a towel, a bottle of water and a one pound coin (refundable) for a hire of a locker.


How do I get started?

If you have any of the conditions listed above please talk to your GP or health practitioner about your health and how physical activity would help you. Your GP or health practitioner will then refer you to the Exercise Referral scheme. Your GP or health practitioner will complete an exercise referral form.  Your instructor will contact you to book your Welcome Consultation.  Your fitness instructor will lead you through every stage, giving you advice and support along the way.


What happens at the end of the 12 week course?

You will have a final review with an instructor who will help you to review your achievements and set new goals. Your instructor will want you to maintain your new active lifestyle and will therefore guide you through your options. They will introduce you to your next appointment with a fitness consultant who will work with you to help you choose the most suitable gym, instructor led classes or water-based activities to continue your progression.