Getting active with a health condition

Update: Exercise referral scheme

We have found ourselves in an unprecedented and extreme situation due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst our leisure facilities are now open, we will be providing a reduced and controlled Exercise on Referral Service for the foreseeable future. We will only be accepting low/medium risk participants. We have implemented COVID safety measures in line with government guidelines.

We will resume services from Monday 12 March 2021 and will initially be operated from Wandle Recreation Centre (Leisure Centre Mapleton Road, London SW18 4DN) and Tooting Leisure Centre (Greaves Pl, Tooting, London SW17 0NE).

Keeping fit and active with a health condition

You can still keep fit and active with a health condition, in fact being physically active can help with most long term health conditions. Before starting an exercise or activity programme you should always check with your GP or health professional to make sure you are not putting yourself at risk.

Your GP can refer you to the Exercise on Referral programme within your local leisure centre which use exercise to support the treatment of some medical conditions. 

Exercise referral

This service offers support and advice for people who have a health condition that could be treated by exercise. The programme is delivered in local leisure and sport centre's across Wandsworth.
A specially trained exercise instructor will meet with you and discuss your condition, they will develop a programme for you lasting up to 12 weeks that will increase your confidence in the gym and fitness, and help with any specific medical issues or conditions. 


The cost of the programme is £2.20 per session. To access the programme book an appointment with your GP to discuss whether it would be suitable for you and they can refer you directly (referral is via your healthcare professional only at this time).  For more information please call 07950815671.

Active Lifestyles

Active Lifestyles is a programme of low cost adult physical activity classes and sessions. Activities take place in community venues across the borough, and your first class is always free.

The activities are perfect for people who want to start being more active, they include Tai Chi, Zumba, Pilates, swimming lessons, 50+ keep fit classes, and kickboxing.

No referral is needed.

For more information please call 0203 959 0033 or email


Walk4Life is Wandsworth's Healthy Walks programme. These free walks take place weekly across the borough and are led by volunteers. No booking is needed, so just pop along and join us for a short walk followed by a cup of tea!

No referral is needed.

For more information please call 0208 871 6373.