Let's start with a question, which results would you most like to achieve:
1. more energy, stamina and motivation
2. a toned and healthy body
3. stronger bones
4. improved heart health
5. better sleep
How would you feel if you could have all of these? Well, you can when you follow your Scottish Slimmers eating plan and add more activity into your day.
When we lose weight, we may look and feel better, but the reality is that diet alone is not enough to bring life-changing benefits to our physical and mental health. There is a saying that losing body fat is 70% diet, 30% activity - so moving matters!
Move more + Eat less = Weight loss
Clinical studies show that becoming more active when you're following a weight loss plan improves your chances of success and of keeping the weight off for good. And here's how...
Becoming more active than you have been means you will burn more calories, which can contribute to losing weight. Tipping the balance happens when the energy you use is greater than the energy you consume PLUS you will improve your health, wellbeing and motivation too.
At this point, you might be thinking, should I really care about developing muscle? The answer is an overwhelming Yes!
Without muscle tone, things just hang there, and no one is ever happy about that. And, the older you get, the more it hangs. Even slimmer bodies are susceptible to common problems like 'bingo wings' every body neeeds some level of muscle tone to keep the upper arms looking lean and toned. And that’s true for the butt, legs and back too.
As we age, it does take a little more focus to stay in shape, and getting active will help to improve your overall health and well-being, as well as developing muscle tone, including your body's largest muscle - your heart! Muscle tone can help your posture too and can delay the onset of osteoarthritis.
Taking up some form of regular exercise really is worth the effort, whether it’s a steady walk, a swim or a short run, it all adds up to creating your best you.
So, here’s the challenge, pick an activity and pledge to do it for 15-20 minutes every day for the next week. I promise, after only one week, you will feel AMAZING!