Just like a new recipe book or a kitchen gadget can get you excited about cooking up a storm, the right fitness kit can fire up your Body Magic motivation – which is handy if you’re planning to set a New Year activity goal or you need some help rediscovering your move groove after Christmas.
If you’re wondering what to ask for this year (or what to get the fitness fan in your life), add these workout wonders to your list and set yourself up for a very merry fit-mas…
If you’re planning to give yourself the gift of glowing health and wellbeing this Christmas, our Body Magic activity programme can help you tackle your exercise stoppers and turn moving more into a lifelong habit.
Regular yoga practice improves balance and flexibility, strengthens muscles and helps you de-stress. Best of all, the only equipment you really need is a yoga mat to cushion your joints and help your grip. Kate invested in a yoga mat to help her perfect her bends and stretches at home, and now she’s feeling zen-sational!
MORE FOR MEMBERS: Say yes to yoga with our beginners’ guide
If you want to keep tabs on your steps or see how far you’re swimming or cycling, slip a fitness tracker on your Christmas list. Besides considering what information it collects (many models can monitor your sleep, too), the best tracker for you is one that looks good and feels comfortable – that way, you’ll want to wear it every day.
Weighted hula hoop
Hula-hooping is good fun and an amazing aerobic workout. Plus, once you’ve got the hang of it, hooping helps to tone your tummy, arms and bottom, and it doesn’t put any impact on your joints. Adult hoops come in different sizes, so you can choose one that suits your body shape. Slimming World Consultant Karen loves a hula-hooping session, and it’s helped her to maintain her weight loss for more than nine years!
These are brilliant for exercise – stepping up and down works your heart and lungs while toning your legs, and you can use them like gym equipment, too. Ask Santa for one that’s versatile, durable and easily portable and you’ll have the perfect bit of kit to turn your home into a Body Magic zone. Alix broke hers out for the first time when she had a child-free 15 minutes and it helped to boost her Body Magic motivation again.
She says: “I did a 15-min HIIT step workout and it has got me in the fitness game again. Let’s get to my target weight for Christmas!”
MORE FOR MEMBERS: Step up your fitness with our 20-minute activity session
Cycling is a fantastic workout for your heart, lungs and big muscles – which helps to improve your overall health, reduce stress and increase energy levels.
There’s no need to spend a fortune on a new set of wheels, though. You can pick up a bargain by searching for second-hand bikes online. Slimming World member Amber did just that and she was delighted with her find.
From walking and running to gym workouts and exercise classes, a set of supportive trainers will see you through lots of activities. The type of shoe you need will depend on the activity you’re planning – runners will want a pair that supports heel-to-toe movement, while anyone planning an indoor workout will need a pair with plenty of grip, so you can easily move in all directions.
A gym membership
Just as a Slimming World Countdown course boosts your commitment to your weight loss, a gym or leisure centre membership can work wonders for building your active habits. If going to the gym by yourself feels a bit daunting, gift a membership to a fitness friend, so that you can support each other.
Jeanie never thought she’d enjoy going to the gym and now she feels confident enough to hang on the monkey bars for a full 30 seconds – in front of her fellow gym-goers.
She says: “For the past three months, my friends and I have done a class twice a week. But not just any class, a class in the middle of the gym floor, which has pushed me out of every comfort zone possible. This week saw me do this! Never underestimate yourself and the power you have to achieve anything, no matter the struggles.”
You don’t have to want arms like Arnie to benefit from a set of weights. As well as toning you up and improving your body confidence, regular strength training helps to maintain our metabolic rate (how quickly we burn calories), which can support your weight loss!
Dumb-bells or kettlebells are perfect for beginners. They can be used in dozens of exercises and they require greater balance and control than a weights machine, so you’ll engage more muscles every time you use them.
MORE FOR MEMBERS: Get a handle on kettlebells with our quick workout
Coming soon: Slimming World activity videos!
From mid-December 2021, Slimming World members can access more than 50 on-demand activity videos through our website and app. Firmly rooted in Slimming World’s Body Magic activity programme, our videos have been carefully created to help people of all abilities and fitness levels discover the brilliant benefits of moving more. All the more reason to give yourself the gift of lifelong weight loss success this Christmas.