At Slimming World, we’re big believers in the benefits of having a good declutter – and it seems we’re not alone. As many of us are spending more time at home, cleaning, sorting and organising is a popular way to keep busy!
And if you’re feeling ready to focus on your weight loss again after a few weeks of uncertainty, a tidy-up indoors and out could be just the thing to help clear your mind and get back into the swing of slimming. A vigorous clean counts as Body Magic, raising your heart rate and getting your breathing faster, while a calming clear-out can work wonders for your mental wellbeing, too.
In this ‘spring-clean your way slimmer’ special series, we’ve got lots of ideas to help support your weight loss goals – and get your home looking spick and span – starting with some brilliant Body Magic.
Cleaning, vacuuming, mopping, gardening – they’re all fantastic for keeping active at home. To make the housework feel more like a house party, listen to your favourite playlist as you go – music is an excellent move-more motivator, speeding up your heart rate and the housework. These back-to-basics Body Magic ideas will turn your home into a hive of activity:
Clean up with Body Magic
A vigorous vacuum throughout your home will definitely get your muscles working harder. And if you need to move some (not too heavy) furniture to get to those hard-to-reach nooks, that’s all the better.
Cleaning the windows
Giving your windows a good scrub inside and out is a great way to fit in some fitness. All that bending, squatting, stretching and scrubbing (not to mention walking to the sink to refill your bucket) will give you a whole-body workout.
Clearing the house and garden may mean you’ve got some extra space to play with – perfect for trying out home exercise classes. You’ll find lots of classes online, from beginners’ yoga sessions to child-friendly PE lessons. Or you could take inspiration from @mrs.palf.sw and use your new garden space for some hula-hooping fun.
Mowing, digging, raking and planting are all brilliant Body Magic activities that’ll make your muscles work harder and help with flexibility. Plus, it’s much more enjoyable to spend time in a newly spruced garden than one needing a tidy.
Is your living space cluttered with books, DVDs and toys? Packing up your unused belongings is a great way to strengthen your muscles, as is getting those boxes hidden away ready to donate to charity when it’s safe. Plus, you can use the extra space to transform your living room into an at-home activity zone – just like Lauren (@healthierdaystocome), who’s started adding weights to her workouts.
If you’d like help with your weight loss journey or advice on how to stay on track during this difficult time, we’re here for you. You can find out more about joining Slimming World here.
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