Everyone knows that to maintain, or achieve, a healthy weight, it’s important to get plenty of exercise. The problem is that for an obese person starting an exercise program is even harder than it is for other people due to their lack of strength and potential health issues. When you are obese it’s can also be very embarrassing to exercise since there simply isn’t very much that you can do. The good news is that exercise for obese people is possible, you just need some place to start.
Of course, it’s important to talk to your doctor before you start any type of exercise program to make sure you are healthy enough. A doctor might also be able to recommend some modifications to some common exercises that can make it easier for someone who is obese to get started ( a qualified personal trainer can help with modifications too).
One of the easiest, and cheapest, forms of exercise is walking. If you don’t want to join a gym because it makes you uncomfortable all you have to do is take a walk around the block. You can even go after dark if you would feel more comfortable. Many towns will open up the local mall early during the winter so that people can go in and walk.
Start in your own home, just climb up your stairs. Depending on your health, and the number of stairs you have, you can go up and down several times. Then you can increase the number of flights you climb and add one more every day, every other day, or every week, whatever works best for you.
You can do many types of floor exercises that don’t require any equipment and they can be done right in the privacy of your own home. Try doing leg lifts, modified push ups, crunches, etc. Anything that will help you get started on building up your muscles.
Buy a DVD aerobics routine. This can be something that you can tailor to your level of physical fitness and can be done in your own home. You probably won’t be able to get all the way through a 30 minute workout routine, and that’s just fine, but over time your stamina will increase and before you know it you’ll be surprised to discover you’ve just completed the whole routine! When you get to that point, it’s a great feeling and it will help you stay motivated to achieve your exercise goals.
You should strive for at least 30 minutes of exercise every single day, but if you simply can’t get through it all at once, that’s ok, you don’t have to. You can easily break your exercise routine into several 5 or 10 minute sessions throughout the day. Just make sure that the total is 30 minutes. You’ll be able to do the whole 30 minutes straight through sooner than you would have thought possible.
No matter what your weight loss goals are or how overweight you are, there is a simple exercise for obese people that you can start doing today. It won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight, but it’s a goal that is well within your reach if you just go for it! You can do it!