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While most of us already know that activity is good for us, what we might not realise is, firstly, just how many important benefits it brings, and secondly, that you don’t have to run 10Ks or be a regular gym-goer to reap the rewards. 

At Slimming World, we can help you increase your activity levels alongside our generous and flexible eating plan, Food Optimising. No matter how much (or how little) exercise you currently do, we’ll support you to get started and build active habits, until it becomes a natural part of your life, as routine as brushing your teeth. Read on to find out more…

Find your nearest Slimming World group here.

What exactly is Body Magic? 

Slimming World’s Body Magic programme is based on our deep understanding of the psychology of behaviour change. Our Head of Research and Scientific Affairs, Dr Jacquie Lavin, is the perfect person to explain it. She says:

“Body Magic is unique. We understand the challenges that people wanting to lose weight face when they’re ready to start to move more, and our programme has been designed to first help members tackle the emotional stoppers many of us have around exercise. Whatever your starting point, we’ll support you to find our own route to becoming more active and turn exercise into a regular habit that you stick with for life.” 

MORE ON THE BLOG: You’ll find lots of move-more inspiration and tips here

Brilliant Body Magic benefits

When you build in regular activity alongside Food Optimising, a wonderful synergy takes place, bringing you physical and mental health benefits that you simply won’t get with just one or the other. And those results are so much more than just burning a few extra calories! Would you love…

  • to sleep better
  • improved mental wellbeing
  • improved shape and posture
  • stronger bones, joints and muscles
  • lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • to stay fit and healthy as you age
  • a better-adjusted appetite
  • to stay a healthy weight forever

Someone who said ‘yes, yes, yes’ is Slimming World member Hollie (@what_hollie_eats_sw) who loves the benefits Body Magic brings to her health and wellbeing. It’s spurred her on to keep up her active routine in the new year. She says: “I feel so toned and strong and healthy. This picture is pure motivation for me.”

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MORE ON THE BLOG: Read Natalie’s story here

How will Slimming World help me to get more active?

Knowing about the proven benefits of exercise is all well and good. At Slimming World we understand that it’s the next part, getting started, that can be the challenging bit. If there’s anything stopping you from taking the next step, please know that you’re not alone. Your local Consultant will help you sort fact from fiction, find easy and accessible activities that suit you and your lifestyle, and build your confidence so that you can clear the path of anything that might be standing in your way.

MORE ON THE BLOG: Removing your Body Magic barriers

If you’re not already active, you don’t have to do a tremendous amount to make progress. The key is to make a small change and repeat it until it becomes a habit. Then, when you feel ready, gradually increase the amount of exercise you do bit by bit, so that activity becomes a healthy, fun habit that you want to keep.

MORE ON THE BLOG: Here are nine ways you can up your activity today

Slimming World member Ashli Sterling, who’s lost 3st 7lbs, didn’t think it was possible to actually enjoy exercise. She says: 

“I always had a reason why I couldn’t go to the gym: it was too cold, too late, I was too busy… Then my Consultant explained how we could build our fitness up gradually. I set myself a challenge of walking 10,000 steps a day, no matter what. Now, I love every second of my new active lifestyle – and I honestly never thought I’d say that!”

Ashli Sterling in running gear smiling on a rural path

FULL STORY: Discover how Ashli Sterling let go of her fitness hang-ups

What counts as activity?

Simply sitting down less and moving more is a great habit to get into. Some people enjoy going for a run, while others may find a walk is enough. Some might choose weight training or a workout routine. Lovers of the outdoors might enjoy cycling or hiking in the local countryside, while others will be happiest indoors on an exercise bike or treadmill. Even vigorous cleaning, dancing and car washing count!

It really is up to you what you do as we know that if you’re doing something that you enjoy you’re far more likely to do it regularly and create a lifelong Body Magic habit. 

MORE ON THE BLOG: We bust some common myths around exercise and weight loss

What are Body Magic awards?

Slimming World Body Magic awards are a great incentive, especially if you love to have a goal to work towards. They’re created to help members build up their activity, step-by-step, forming lasting habits and you can log your activity to achieve Magic Mover, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Body Magic awards.

Remember: You choose where to start and you set the pace. Simply pick the Body Magic award you’d like to work towards (go for the one that moves you beyond your current activity level), decide how you’ll build moving more into your week and you’re ready to begin!

Slimming World member Mike Davis has lost 9st and found the Body Magic awards really motivating. He says: “I’ve always been a very competitive person, so aiming for my next award in group helped to keep me going. I’ve since added the Platinum Body Magic award to my collection and I just can’t imagine not being active now.”

FULL STORY: Discover how Mike Davis overhauled his health and lost 9st

The Slimming World get-fit tool kit

When you join Slimming World, you’ll also have access to our collection of powerful techniques and get-going resources designed to guide, inspire and motivate you, including:

A cheerleading community

Slimming World members are definitely not alone on their Body Magic journeys. Just as you’ll share recipes, menus and food ideas with your fellow members each week, your Consultant and friends in your local Slimming World group will share activity ideas, strengthen your commitment to exercise and celebrate with you as you receive your awards and hit your goals.

FIT log

This motivational tool will help you track your achievements, think deeply about what – if anything – might get in the way of your progress and put strategies in place to help you overcome those challenges.

Fitness articles

From easy-to-follow exercise guides and activity ideas to practical advice to help you break through your Body Magic barriers, our quick reads will give you the confidence and know-how to get going.

Activity tracker

A place to record all your activity and chart your progress towards your next Body Magic award.

On-demand activity videos

Our collection of more than 50 exercise videos fit perfectly with our Body Magic programme and have been carefully created exclusively for our members to:

  • cover a wide range of abilities and fitness levels – from short, gentle, getting-started sessions to 30-minute full-on workouts!
  • offer four different styles of activity: balance and flexibility, cardio, strength building  and dance
  • link up beautifully with Body Magic awards – you can choose workouts that last five, 10, 15 or 30 minutes (depending on your personal motivation, which award you’re working towards and how much time you have that day)

The Slimming World Podcast

Presenters Anna and Clare chat strategies to get you on the move, share tips to build up your activity levels and debunk the myths about exercise.

MORE FOR MEMBERS: Discover your essential, inspiring collection of Body Magic resources on the exclusive member website and app.

Feel the freedom with Body Magic

So, are you ready to get started? No matter how small, any step towards a more active lifestyle is a success worth celebrating! We’ll help you to discover the activity that’s right for you and, with Slimming World support, you can enjoy all those wonderful Body Magic benefits and lead an active lifestyle that you’ll love!

Find out how to join Slimming World here.

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