At Slimming World, we understand that finding the motivation to get active can be a big barrier. If that sounds familiar, to support National Fitness Day, we’ve got some simple ideas to get you started in seconds – with no planning or prep required!
Our Body Magic activity programme is for everyone – whatever your level of fitness – and you don’t need any special equipment to take part. So even if going to the gym isn’t your thing, there are lots of ways to build in exercise for a more active lifestyle.
Body Magic benefits
When you combine regular activity with Slimming World’s Food Optimising plan, you’ll discover a wealth of health and wellbeing benefits. These include reducing your risk of heart problems, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, as well as boosting your mood and easing stress.
If you’ve never exercised before (or it’s been a while), or you feel ready to increase your activity even more, doing something that fits into your daily routine will make it easier to turn moving more into a lifelong habit. Here’s how you can begin working towards those Body Magic benefits today…
9 – A simple stroll
For many of us, walking is easy to incorporate into daily life, and it uses many of the main muscle groups. Best of all, it’s free and you can do it straight from your front door! Sarah (@sarahsw_losing175lb_findingme) fits a walk in before work (with two very willing companions!).
8 – Spruce up your home
Ticking some household chores off your to-do list will pack plenty of activity into your day. Whether you want to get those windows sparkling or you’re revved up for some vigorous vacuuming, a good cleaning session will set your body to work!
7 – Take a stand
Getting up and moving around regularly has many health benefits – including improving your metabolism and boosting your weight loss. Every 20 minutes, take a break from sitting still and move for a minute. A walk to the printer or kettle, a lap of the room, or even a dance in front of the TV will take you another stride closer to those Body Magic benefits.
6 – Find an online workout
There are plenty of exercise videos which don’t need any special equipment at all. You could give at-home yoga a go, like Slimming World target member Katie (@katieemmahope). Or, if you’re looking for a full-body workout, our 10-minute exercise routine is suitable for all fitness levels and short enough to squeeze into the busiest day. If you’re physically less able, there are lots of chair-based workouts to try.
5 – Dig for victory
If you’ve got a garden – or space for potted plants – grab your gloves, because mowing, digging and lifting heavy bags of compost is guaranteed to get you nicely warmed up (whatever the weather!). Bex (@slimming_world_bex_) clocks up extra steps by keeping her lawn neatly mown. She’s lost 3st 2½lbs with Slimming World and says she’s: “loving the healthier, happier and lighter me!”.
4 – Walk to school
The school run is an ideal opportunity to weave some fitness into your day. A brisk walk to school three times a week will set you well on your way to achieving your first Body Magic award (ask your local Consultant for more information). If walking isn’t your thing, how about dusting off your bike or investing in an adult push-scooter to help you whizz through the morning traffic?
3 – Wash the car
Make the most of the final days of summer sunshine and save money by giving your car a full valet by hand. A thorough cleaning, with lots of scrubbing, drying, waxing and vacuuming – plus numerous trips to the sink to refill your bucket – will get your heart beating faster and give your muscles a great workout.
2 – Let’s dance
A quick boogie will definitely get those endorphins flowing! There’s no need to worry about keeping time or looking like a pro – just crank up the radio or put on your favourite tunes and dance like no one’s watching!
1 – In the swim
Swimming is an activity that’s open to everyone, whatever your age, size or fitness level. It can be especially good for people with joint or mobility problems, as the water supports up to 90% of your body weight. Slimming World member Alison Berry (@disco_diva59_sw), who’s maintained her weight loss for more than four years, bypassed her local pool for an exhilarating dip in the sea! You can read about how Alison ticked off her slimming bucket list (including fire walking, and zip-wiring!) here.
How Slimming World will help you get active
When you join Slimming World, you’ll get all the support you need to help you build your activity levels, at your own pace. This includes a FIT log to plan your activities, Body Magic awards to celebrate your achievements and expert advice to help you overcome your exercise barriers – as well as lots of encouragement from your fellow members and Consultant. Find out more about joining Slimming World here.