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5 Reasons to start exercising

As summer is unfortunately drawing to a close and the heatwave is seemingly over, your motivation to exercise may be low. However, during the autumn we tend to become less active as the days become colder which isn’t beneficial for our physical health or mental wellbeing. Here are five reasons that you should start exercising today:

1) Exercise boosts your energy – You’ll be fitter and stronger so will be able to do your daily activities without becoming as tired or stressed. This will turn into a beneficial cycle as you’ll then have more energy for the workouts themselves. This will mean you’ll become even fitter and the cycle will continue.

2) Improves your memory – Studies have shown that even moderate walking can help your brain maintain its health. This will help your memory 24/7, so a short workout benefits much more than just your muscles!

3) Reduces body fat – The more you work out, the quicker you can burn off calories as your muscle mass increases. This results in your metabolism speeding up, so that when you do take in calories you’ll be able to burn them off faster. This will mean you’ll be leaner, stronger and feel better too!

4) Reduces the risk of dementia – Aerobic exercise has been shown to significantly reduce the risks of poor mental health in later life. This includes dementia, and it has been shown that older adults who don’t regularly exercise have less of the brain’s white matter, which acts as the ‘computer cables’ that connect parts of the brain.

5) Improves your breathing – Exercise will improve your breathing as the muscles that help to open up your lungs will be strengthened. This will make you feel better as you’ll be able to supply more oxygen to your body with less effort.


How Many Calories Are You Consuming?

Many of us are consuming more calories than we realise – an average of 200 to 300 extra calories
per day. Over time, these extra calories can creep up on us and cause unhealthy weight gain. Eating out has also become commonplace, and a quarter of our calories comes from eating out, which can make it tricky to keep track of calories.

The new campaign aims to help people be more aware of the calories they consume on the go and to
make healthier choices easier, whether picking up breakfast on the way to work, having lunch at
their desks or buying everyday meals.

This ‘calorie creep’ contributes to our countries growing obesity problem, causing a range of
health issues including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. As well as setting
people up for a lifetime of ill health, treating obesity is costing the NHS around £6bn every

Our new campaign provides adults with a simple tip to help them make healthier choices while out and about – aim for 400-600-600. People are encouraged to try to stick to around 400 calories for breakfast, 600 calories for lunch and 600 calories for dinner, plus a couple of healthier snacks and drinks in-between.

Major retailers – including Greggs, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Subway, will provide a range of
options to help shoppers find meal options around 400 calories for breakfast and 600 calories for
lunch and dinner.

So if you are looking to eat a little healthier, try a healthier choice today and aim for 400-600-600.

Because there’s only One You. Find out how we can help you today!


Jacki’s Blog

My name is Jacki and I’m here to tell you all about my experience with One You Haringey.

I took part in three One You Haringey services last year and it was life changing! I took part in Be Smoke Free, Watch Your Weight and Move More and honestly it was one of the best choices I’ve made in becoming a healthier me!

After the death of my daughter my life was no longer the same. My health as well as my mental space was effected, and it wasn’t until last year that I decided I need to take the steps to improve my health. After a visit to my doctor he recommended that I take part in the One You Haringey programmes and I did exactly that!

I must admit prior to joining the service I wasn’t the healthiest. I was asthmatic and smoked, I wasn’t at my ideal weight, and having a history of diabetes in my family I knew that in order to lower my own risk, I needed to change my lifestyle.

One You Haringey taught me the importance of regular exercise. I now enjoy taking walks and keeping fit. I learnt how to eat healthy whilst still being able to enjoy some of my favourite meals. Whilst the stop smoking programme gave me the support I needed to quit smoking it also educated me on the dangers of smoking.

The service has not only improved my health but also improved my wellbeing – and I made some great friends through it too.

I would definitely recommend One You Haringey if you would like to improve your health and wellbeing, in fact I have already recommended it to people!

If you would like to improve your health and wellbeing sign up here.


Dry January

Did you know that 62% of people who participate in Dry January had better sleep and more energy? Start your Dry January from the 1st and with our support you’re more likely to change your relationship with alcohol for good.

Support with us is FREE and can help reduce your risk of developing illnesses and improve your wellbeing.

It’s important that you know your alcohol units as well as keeping a record of how many alcoholic drinks you are having. You may not think you are a big drinker but keeping a record through our Drinks Tracker app could help you cut down your alcohol intake.

Charlotte Gowing, aged 38 from London, said: 

“I don’t really see myself as a big drinker but I was quite shocked to see just how much more I drink in the run up to Christmas. Drinks on nights out with work and friends, as well as a few when I’m at home, all start to add up.”

“I am definitely going to give my body a bit of TLC after New Year’s Eve and Dry January will be a good place to start.”

Cutting down means;

  • You’ll be healthier
  • You’ll save some money
  • You’ll have more energy

Why should you do Dry January:

  • 79% of participants saved money
  • 62% of participants had better sleep and more energy
  • 42% of participants lost weight

Did you know that there is no ‘safe’ drinking level? Regularly drinking more than the low risk level of 14 unites a week can contribute to the development of some cancers, stroke, heart disease and liver disease.

We can help you find ways to reduce your intake and lower the risks to your health. Sign up for our support here.