Supporting an active lifestyle - Body Magic

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Supporting an active lifestyle – Body Magic

Slimming World’s stage-by-stage activity programme, Body Magic, complements our Food Optimising eating plan by helping members improve their overall health and wellbeing while aiding weight management.

The programme was developed in collaboration with government advisor Professor Ken Fox (Bristol University). It uses well established psychological and scientific principles of behaviour change to help slimmers find their own personal, enjoyable and sustainable ways of gradually increasing activity so that it becomes a regular part of their daily routine.

The unique programme is in line with Government recommendations, encouraging members to build up to at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on five days of the week10, and is suitable for everyone regardless of weight or fitness level.

Steps to success

In group, members are encouraged to work towards Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Body Magic awards, recording their actions on a FIT log (measuring Frequency, Intensity and Time).

The power of group sharing and support is used to inspire and encourage members in moving from a sedentary to an active lifestyle, no matter where their starting point.

Discussing activity in group helps members become more active and experience the benefits.

Encouraging behaviour change

Body Magic helps facilitate behaviour change towards becoming more active by:

  • Helping take the threat out of activity by removing psychological barriers and redefining what counts as activity
  • Building confidence and expertise
  • Motivating members to commit to a plan
  • Providing ideas and solutions to help members increase activity levels
  • Developing personal ‘foot out of the door’ strategies
  • Supporting members in turning new skills into a routine
  • Celebrating when members reach new milestones
  • Continuing to support members until active living becomes a lifestyle

Our research

A survey of over 1,000 Slimming World members highlights clear increases in activity levels 1.

Members report a number of benefits from participation in activity such as, having more energy (37% of respondents), enjoying exercise now (33%), improved shape and posture (31%), being more mobile in daily life (29%), improved mood (25%), being calmer and less stressed (25%) and being able to sleep better (22%).

References

  1. Pallister, C., Avery, A., Stubbs, J. and Lavin, J., 2009. Influence of Slimming World's lifestyle programme on diet, activity behaviour and health of participants and their families. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 22: 351-358.

Slimming World has taken the ‘threat’ out of activity and devised a programme that can only have a very positive impact on the health, fitness and weight status of their members. This approach addresses psychological, then behavioural, and ultimately intrinsic commitment to activity.

Ken Fox, (Emeritus Professor of Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Bristol)

Before I joined Slimming World I would park the car as close as possible to my destination because I found walking just short distances so difficult. Since losing weight, I now cycle 40 miles a week, run 15 miles a week and play five-a-side football twice a week – and I love it.
Stuart
In fact there are so many things I can do that I couldn’t have even attempted when I was bigger – playing football with my nephews, buying clothes on the high street, going on a plane without needing a seatbelt extension and much more. Life really couldn’t be better.

Stuart Eggleshaw from Kirkby-in-Ashfield lost a stunning 22st 9lbs after joining his local Slimming World group, and discovered a passion for activity!

Healthy eating

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Our healthy eating plan empowers members to make healthier choices, satisfy their appetites and lose weight.
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Behaviour change

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Our unique group support system avoids any criticism, control or judgement.
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Activity

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Our programme was developed in collaboration with government advisor Professor Ken Fox. Find out more here…