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 be a regular runner or gym-goer to reap the rewards. At Slimming World, we can help you to increase your activity alongside following our Food Optimising plan, which will improve your health and wellbeing, as well as giving your weight loss a brilliant boost. Read on to find out how…
What exactly is Body Magic?
As Slimming World Body Magic is based firmly on scientific research, our head of research and scientific affairs, Dr Jacquie Lavin, is the perfect person to explain it. She says, “Slimming World Body Magic is the wonderful synergy created when both Food Optimising and regular moderate-intensity activity become an intrinsic part of our daily lives. This can result in a long list of proven benefits for our physical and mental health, and overall well-being. It’s also been found that, when we increase our activity levels alongside new healthy eating habits, we can find it easier to maintain that weight loss long-term.”
Brilliant Body Magic benefits
Increasing our activity levels is one of the most important changes we can make to improve our health, bringing benefits that can include:
- lower blood pressure
- lower the risk of heart disease
- strengthen bones, joints and muscles
- improve posture
- reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
Being more active can also transform the way that you look and feel too. Our members say that moving more:
- gives them more energy
- improves their shape and posture
- improves their mood
- reduces stress levels
- helps them to sleep better
As well as helping us to feel healthier and happier, combining activity with Food Optimising to create Body Magic can also give our weight loss a brilliant boost.
All incredible incentives to give it a go!
Social distancing rules permitting, getting active also presents lots of opportunities to spend quality time having fun with family, friends – and pets (there are lots of dogs loving their extra walks right now!). Or, if you prefer to go solo, going for that jog, walk or bike ride – or finding a quiet corner to roll out that workout mat – is a chance to grab some elusive ‘you time’.
Slimming World member Natalie says:
“Until recently, I didn’t think exercise was for me, but adding a Body Magic boost to my days has really helped to keep me feeling mentally and physically strong during a stressful time… ‘Step by step’ has always been my approach to slimming, so I started doing a bit of activity every day. As the weeks progressed, so did my fitness levels. These days, I jog 5km three to four times a week. Of course, my friends at group are behind me all the way!”
How will Slimming World help me to get more active?
The Slimming World Body Magic programme has been designed to encourage members to take small steps towards a more active lifestyle, building those activity levels over time, at a pace that you feel comfortable with. Dr Jacquie explains:
“We know that fitting something into our week and doing it regularly is key to helping it become a lasting habit. So, just as we help Slimming World members create new healthy eating habits, our activity programme helps them find their own enjoyable, achievable and sustainable ways of building activity into their routine.”
What counts as activity?
If it makes you breathe faster, feel warmer and increases your heart rate, then it will help to create that health and weight loss-boosting Body Magic. For some people, that could be going for a run, while others may find a walk is challenging enough. Some might choose weight training or a workout routine. Outdoorsy types 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.
What are Body Magic awards?
For our members who love to have a goal to work towards, Slimming World Body Magic awards are a great incentive. You can log your activity to achieve Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Body Magic awards, gradually building up until it becomes part of your new healthy lifestyle.
A cheerleading community
Of course, Slimming World members are not alone on their Body Magic journeys. When you join a Slimming World group, you’ll get lots of new activity ideas and encouragement to support these healthy lifestyle changes. We’ve seen some amazing examples of a brilliant Body Magic buzz in group – like Consultant Tracy Layfield’s Amesbury and Durrington groups, who’ve been cycling, dancing and kettlebell-ing their way to improved fitness.
More Slimming World support
All of our members also have access to an online library packed with fitness features and activity videos. As well as a handy online planner, you can also use FIT logs to record activity alongside your goals, challenges and strategies for overcoming those challenges – which, of course, your Slimming World Consultant can help you with. Joining Slimming World will give you all the support and tools you need to get active at a pace that’s right for you and make it a habit for life.
Slimming World member Kim says:
“Exercise had never been a part of my life. I have multiple sclerosis (MS) and living in a wheelchair made exercising difficult. Then my Consultant, Lisa, told me that there were lots of workouts for wheelchair users online and suggested I give one of those a try. It was like something inside me clicked. Although some of the exercises weren’t suitable for me, I was surprised by how much I could do, and by the end of the first session I felt more energetic and upbeat than I had in weeks. I’m aiming to get my Silver Body Magic award next… I feel unstoppable!”
Let’s get started!
Getting started with Body Magic is simple – are you ready to take that first step? No matter how small, any step towards a more active lifestyle is a success worth celebrating! We will help you to discover the activity that’s right for you and, with Slimming World support, you can enjoy those brilliant Body Magic benefits and lead an active lifestyle that you’ll love!