How can Active Herts help you?
If you live in the boroughs of Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Stevenage or Watford and are looking to make a change but not sure where to start, contact your local Get Active Specialist to book a FREE consultation. You’ll meet one of the team at your local doctor’s surgery or community venue to discuss how you can take your first steps towards a more active lifestyle.
Over a period of twelve weeks or more, you will receive 1:1 support from your Get Active Specialist to make getting active as easy as possible. To do this, our staff will work with you to develop a personal Get Active Plan. We will help you find local, low cost ways of how to start being active.
So whether it’s motivation, advice, or support that you need to change, your Get Active Specialist is there to support you.
Your first appointment
At this appointment you and your Get Active Specialist will talk about the steps you can take to start getting active. Together you will look at what you want to achieve, how to get there and how we can support you. This will include agreeing your personal Get Active plan to guide you. They will also help to find a local activity or sport session to suit your needs.
Two week catch up
After two weeks your Get Active Specialist will give you a call to see how you are getting on with your plan. You will discuss progress so far and how you are feeling about being more active. If you feel you would like some motivation or extra guidance at this stage, you will be able to book another free appointment to talk about any concerns you may have.
Three month review
After three months, your Specialist will contact you to book in a review. This will be a chance to look at your progress so far and see how you’re getting on. At this appointment, you can discuss how you are feeling, identify any health improvements and develop your plan for the coming months.
Six month follow up
Hopefully you are sticking to your plan and are feeling the benefits of being more active. Your Get Active Specialist will contact you to arrange a telephone or one-to-one review to see how you are getting on. Further support may be offered to help motivate you to keep active.
How can I get started?
To access our free support, please make sure you can answer ‘YES’ to the following questions:
- Do you currently do less than 30 minutes of physical activity that raises your breathing each week?
- Are you over the age of 16?
- Do you live in Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Stevenage or Watford?
If you can answer ‘yes’ to all three questions, you can view our full list of locations below and sign up to find out more.
If you have any questions about Active Herts, contact us but please read our frequently asked questions first.
Our team of Get Active Specialists offer appointments in several locations in your area. If referred by your GP or health professional we will always try to see you at your own surgery. We have set appointments each week within GP practices, but if these are not suitable we can arrange to meet you at an alternative time and place.
- The Maples Health Centre, Vancouver Road, Broxbourne, Herts, EN10 6FD
- Warden Lodge Medical Practice, Warden Lodge Surgery, Glen Luce, Cheshunt, Herts, EN8 8NW
- Stanhope Surgery, Stanhope Rd, Waltham Cross EN8 7DJ
- Waltham Cross Wellbeing Centre, 145a, High Street, Waltham Cross, Herts, EN8 7AP
- Broxbourne Borough Council, Bishops’ College, Churchgate, Cheshunt, Herts, EN8 9XQ
- King George Surgery, 135 High Street, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 3HT
- Bedwell Medical Centre, Sinfield Close, Bedwell Crescent, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 1LQ
- Oaks Cross Pharmacy, 118 Oaks Cross, Stevenage, Hets, SG2 8LU
- The Healthy Hub, Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, Lytton Way, Herts, SG1 1LZ
- Stevenage Mind Wellbeing Centre, 13 Town Square, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 1BP
- St Nicholas Health Centre, 57 Canterbury Way, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 4QH
- Highview Medical Centre, The Elms, High Street, Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 5DA
- Fairbrook Medical Centre, 4 Fairway Avenue, Borehamwood, Herts, WD6 1PR
- The Grove Medical Centre, Borehamwood Shopping Park, Borehamwood, Herts, WD6 4PR
- Mind, Number 10, 10 Leeming Road, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 4DU
- The Hertswood Centre, Potters Lane, Borehamwood, Herts, WD6 5LG
- Meriden Surgery, Harvest End, Watford, Herts , WD25 9UB
- Attenborough Surgery, Carpenders Park. Harrow Way, Herts, WD19 5EU
- Cassio Surgery, Colne House, First Floor, 21 Upton Road, Watford, WD18 0JP
- Holywell Surgery, 83B Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts, WD18, 6NT
- The Callowland Surgery, 141a Leavesden Road, Watford, WD24 5DG
- Watford Mind Wellbeing Centre, 501, St Albans Road, Watford, WD24 7RZ
- Watford Football Club, Vicarage Road Stadium, Vicarage Road, Watford, WD18 0E
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions about Active Herts, please contact us but please read our frequently asked questions first.
I have not exercised in years. Is it safe for me to start now?
If you have not been active in a while it’s important to start out slowly and build up your level of fitness. Building up gradually will prevent injury and build your confidence levels. Your Get Active Specialist will always take your level of fitness into consideration when signposting you onto local activities for you to try.
How much physical activity do I need to do?
To stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, stomach, chest, shoulders and arms).
75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such as running or a game of singles tennis every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, stomach, chest, shoulders and arms).
A mix of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity every week. For example, two 30-minute runs plus 30 minutes of fast walking equates to 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms
One way to do your recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity is to do 30 minutes on 5 days a week. All adults should also break up long periods of sitting with light activity.
I have a medical condition (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis or heart disease). Is it safe for me to exercise?
Exercise is safe for almost everyone. In fact, studies show that people with high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis or other cardiovascular risk factors can benefit from regular physical activity. In some cases, exercise can actually improve some of these conditions. If you have been referred to Active Herts by a Healthcare Professional they will make sure you are currently safe to exercise. If you have referred yourself and have concerns, you may want to talk with your GP about how your medical condition might affect your ability to be active.
I find it hard to get motivated to be active. What support is on offer?
This is where we come in! Take a look at our ‘free support’ section. Our Get Active Specialists will work together with you to develop a personal ‘get active’ plan that will make it simple for you to find ways to fit physical activity into your daily life.
You’re more likely to keep going if you choose activities you enjoy, if you can fit them into your schedule, if you believe you’ll benefit from them, and if you feel you can do them safely and correctly. We take all this into account to find the best activity to suit you. We’ll also help you to set realistic goals to help keep you motivated.
We also offer free, continued support throughout your fitness journey over a 12 month period. You can continue to contact and meet your Specialist depending on how much support you need.
I have had my initial consultation, but feel I am lacking in motivation and need more support. Can I access more free consultations?
Yes. We offer free consultations up to 12 weeks to help you get active. We will always give you a two week follow up phone call after your first consultation. However, should you wish to come in and see us again just contact us to arrange a convenient date. After 12 weeks we will contact you again at 6 months and 12 months to see if you have sustained your level of physical activity.