Question for people 250lbs+ about Yoga
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I did find some info here:
I’m curious what experience my team members have had with yoga and being over 250lbs.
The reason I ask is that I was doing an exercise video on the ball designed for people that are “normal or slightly overweight” last year and hurt my back badly because the move I was trying to do wasn’t meant for really heavy women. It was one that shifted your balance off to work your core.
The reason I got hurt was is because once I got off balance my extra weight made it impossible to get back in balance without straining my back and nobody’s core would be strong enough to offset 300lbs. I had to go to physiotherapy and they suggested that I don’t do “normal” exercise DVD’s etc. because they just aren’t designed for morbidly obese people I could get hurt easily.
It all has to do with balance so I know that a lot of DVD’s would be okay for everyone especially cardio ones.
Another example the physiotherapist shared with me are lunges, if you get 300lbs off balance (center) and you start to fall sideways when down in a lunge you can tear tendons, ligaments, muscles possibly even dislocate or break a bone.
So I am a bit afraid, but ready to try some new things.
***I don’t want to scare anyone away from exercise here, but you do need to be careful if you are very obese, because of the force the extra weight can put on your body. With that being said if you can keep good form you won’t get hurt, so make sure you put form ahead of weight (don’t increase weight if you can’t keep good form) and number of reps (if you can’t keep good form when your muscles are fatigued to only as many as you can do with good form). If there is something you have already been doing and it doesn’t strain muscles keep doing it.
Not exercising is dangerous – blood clots, muscle atrophy and calcification, I could go on, this is one of the focus points of the Chronic Disease Self Management classes I facilitate.