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Bigger Products for Bigger Fun

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
7/29/2011 2:00 PM   :  17 comments   :  13,777 Views

Being a larger or handicapped person is not easy. I won’t even go into the societal issues, but it is just difficult to find products that fit your lifestyle or assist you in ways that may be difficult to talk about. Well, I have researched sites for you and have come up with a few solutions to various needs and desires to fit the larger and/or less able lifestyle and make it a bit more active, comfortable, and fun. This blog will focus on products to help you have more fun in life. I also wrote one about products that help make life a little easier!

Living XL has just about everything for living an xl life.

For sitting outside in the garden or at camp, this site has a fabulous camping chair that holds up to 500 pounds and some up to 1,000 pounds.

If you like bicycling, they have several bikes, including one heavy duty bicycle that carries up to a 500 pound stationary capacity.

There are many types of home gym exercise equipment, including some seen on the show “The Biggest Loser.”

There are various scales there both to weigh food and people. The people weighing scales go up to a 1,000 pound  capacity.

Mobility aids and personal care items are also available, such as heavy duty walkers (500 pound capacity), wheelchairs (up to 700 pound capacity) and transfer benches (550 pound capacity). More private personal care items are available, as well, to extend your reach to clean sensitive areas to maintain proper hygiene.

They have many other things for living XL on this site, so I would recommend you thoroughly peruse it.

This is an excellent time of the year to go camping and to the beach. Eureka Tent’s Freedom Tent is very large and allows for wheelchair access as well.

There are several models of beach wheelchairs available if you do a search under “Beach wheelchair.” The prices vary widely from site to site as do the styles, so it was impossible to pick one website to feature. I feel that it is something you should know is available to you if you have trouble walking due to obesity or other medical issues.

The slogan for this following site is “Everything for big people except clothes.” Ample Stuff had one of the most notable things called a “Tummy liner.” It addresses the issue of perspiration in the fold under one’s belly. They also have bra liners that address perspiration issues, as well.

One of the cheapest ways of getting fit is to get walking, but it is very frustrating to be heavy and have pedometers not work accurately on you. I know from experience! These are the pedometers that I have read were best to work with heavier people. I personally have the Omron and love it. Omron GOsmart HJ-203, New Lifestyles NL-2000 AccelerometerTimex T5E011, and the Garmin Forerunner 305 are all stated to be good with obese patrons.

As far as gardening goes, there are so many aids out there that I would have to mention too many sites. If your problem is getting low to the ground because of bad knees or back, you might look up “Container gardening” or “Raised bed gardening.” If your problem is in your hands with arthritis, do a search for “Gardening with arthritis.” Gardening does burn off calories and is a wonderful way to get in touch with nature!

This site will hand-make you a collapsible hula hoop up to 46 inches in diameter. Wouldn’t it be fun to play like a kid again?

Enjoy some time floating in the pool with safety. These floats are made to carry extra weight capacity.

I hope this information helps you have a more comfortable and fun summer. Enjoy all the movement you can and play like a little kid.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to summer fun? Do you let your size prevent you from having fun?


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  • 17
    I've never heard of a collapsible hula hoop before...now that sounds great! - 8/13/2011   10:27:57 AM
  • 16
    Beth, Great idea to list sites of interest to many. Kinda like our own "consumer report".......good idea! - 8/6/2011   11:54:00 AM
  • 15
    Beth, thank you so much for sharing this research! I wish I'd known about these when I was over 400 lbs! I do a lot of volunteer work with people who are considering gastric bypass, and some of them top 550 pounds, so it's great to have these resources to share with them. Thanks again!! - 8/1/2011   11:17:37 AM
  • 14
    Thank you SOOOOOO much!!! Checking out Amplestuff right now! - 7/31/2011   5:09:50 PM
  • 13
    I'd like to share also that if you call ahead to the various resorts you are considering, or perhaps condominium rentals on the beaches etc, you may find that they already have plus sized "beach wheelchairs" to assist with mobility issues on the beach. We discovered this kind of by accident on a trip to Panama City Beach, FL - the condo we stayed at (I think it was called Edgewater Resorts? and it's in Panama City Beach, FL, which is NOT the same thing as Panama City, FL - different towns.) had 2 or 3 large Beach Wheelchairs that they had available for their patrons. So that might be an option for some, rather than carrying everything everywhere (but we've done that too!). - 7/30/2011   11:30:07 PM
  • 12
    I'm glad things are available that people need. - 7/30/2011   10:32:27 PM
  • 11
    I love that site with collapsible hula hoop coz it also deliver to outside US! Though can be very pricey for me, hehe. - 7/30/2011   9:54:25 PM
  • 10
    I am particularly fond of my new hula hoop, Gave away my other 2. This one is weighted at 1 lb. LOVE IT! - 7/30/2011   8:31:40 PM
  • 9
    If I see the words IndyGirl, I know it will be worthwhile to read. Thank you so much. - 7/30/2011   6:21:18 PM
  • 8
    Hi Beth, Great article. You have provided a wealth of resources where people who are losing weight or are disabled can enjoy the outdoors. Thanks for the understanding and compassion to post this information. FitnessRules - 7/30/2011   4:41:33 PM
  • 7
    Very helpful! I have a friend who is now wheelchair bound due to ALS, I immediately sent the wheelchair friendly tent link to his wife so they can hopefully continue their family outings! I was so happy to see that there are options that will allow him to continue with an active life despite battling such a horrific disease. I hope his family will be able to continue creating amazing memories and that his children will never focus on what they couldn't do with their father but what they did despite his limitations. - 7/30/2011   9:56:45 AM
  • 6
    I wish I had thought to get some of this info when I was in need of it.
    Of course at 333 lbs I was limited to how much I could do or where I wanted to go.
    I do have a heavy duty wheeled walker and some bath and tub aids.
    I broke some patio plastic chairs. I also got stuck in one and had to have some one pull it off my booty. I have some laughable and unpleasant memories of some of my adventures.
    I think for people in need of these larger , heavy duty items this info is wonderful.
    Thank you for remembering that there are still many traveling the road of weight loss. Anything that can help make ones life easier is helpful. - 7/30/2011   6:41:59 AM
  • 5
    Some of those products are fantastic!! One of them, a pool float , is listed for a huge sale for $39!!! I got mine for $12 at LTD commodities. Most of those items can be had from other places for a lot less, but they ARE out there. I LOVED the wheelchair accessible tents, how cool is that? - 7/30/2011   5:17:51 AM
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    I recently went to an outdoor recreation store and was surprised to see a camp cot which could handle 600 pounds. I've been noticing more things showing up with higher weight limits in mainstream places too.

    I used to let my weight restrict my outdoor lifestyle and it was one of the motivations for getting serious about weight loss. Last summer I was hiking at 276 pounds, this summer I'm hiking at 212 and feeling alot more agile! I'm planning a small camping trip in August.
    - 7/30/2011   1:48:25 AM
  • 3
    I shop at Living XL and have been very happy with what I have ordered so far.....I have held off on buying any outdoor chairs due to the price being just a bit more than my budget will allow for right now. - 7/29/2011   11:20:15 PM
  • 2
    I am thrilled to see you mention the pedometer that I have! I absolutely love it! - 7/29/2011   7:34:59 PM
  • 1
    I love this list of resources. Though I am not disabled, my mother has MS and is traveling that journey down the path of changing abilities.

    I am going to share the parts that might help her know what is out there and see if she can locate products that she wants to use. - 7/29/2011   3:26:51 PM

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