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Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? - Part 1
Getting Off To a Good Start
11/18/2013 3:17:53 PM
Thanks for posting this article. I have found that working with a knowledgeable personal trainer is helpful if only for a few sessions. Particularly if you get one that really listens to what you want to accomplish. Whenever I start with a new trainer, if he or she doesn't ask about any injuries or what I've been doing as far as fitness, that is the last session I have with that trainer. It's not worth my health!
10/11/2013 11:42:59 PM
Good article! Esp. about these are the same challenges that stand between you and the life that you want for yourself." To the person with COPD.... you want to work on walking the treadmill/or outside and cycling on an exercise bike to build up the strength so that your lungs are functioning efficiently! See if you have a COPD out patient program in your neighborhood. Good job on walking!
WTG - Fiddlemom - You are so completely right! They love to talk about how easy it would be to do something, even when you are overweight -BUT they use 20 something, young, fit, even super thin, flexible people..who can curl up in a ball and lock their legs behind their neck and not break a sweat , to demonstrate their exercises. Show us someone like us...so that we can see that if they can do it, so can we. And while you are at it, to make it more believable..don't add someone who , even though they they are heavy..do not have other handicaps. Give us someone who has "severe" arthritis (not just a twinge) all through their body...who are lucky they can "walk" from one room to the next without screaming from the pain..whose lungs will allow them to go the distance...who's hands die to be able to weights in them, of any kind, whose arms are able to be raised above the head or even shoulder height, to do anything....I can go on and on with all the requirements that will be needed ! Give us someone like that...then may we can talk about trying your exercises !
Also, why do weight loss groups...even this one..assume automatically that because you are overweight, you stuff your mouth all the time??? That is really irritating !!!! I DON'T... I never did and I know there has to be others out there who don't either. I stopped recording what I eat with your computer thing on here, because I got tired of getting told by it that I DON'T eat enough. They tell you to reduce the amount of food that you eat to loose weight...yet when you naturally don't eat a lot...you don't loose..you actually gain !
9/14/2013 12:19:57 PM
This is in response to JUDE262. I am 71, 5'0" and weigh 158 lbs. I have had both knees replaced, had breast cancer (although way back in 1988) and currently have congestive heart failure as well as arthritis and asthma. I'm still doing stretching exercises for my last knee replacement and walk my dog once a day for 30 minutes. I live in a hilly area of my town but the walk isn't too cardiovascular as my dog walks, stops, sniffs, pees or poops, walks, stops, sniffs, pees or poops for the whole 30 minutes. I have a treadmill and stationary bicycle as well as 2 lb weights. My plan is to start using these at a very low level for very short periods of time and increase my repetitions, time, speed and incline as the spirit moves me. I'm not sure I'll get beyond 10 minutes as I'm not supposed to get out of breath but I think it's better than nothing.
Anytime you consider a personal trainer, you must check into their credentials. Don't go to a big name gym and assume that their PTs have credentials. There are many trainers out there that took an online course and paid a little fee to be able to declare themselves credentialed. These people are not going to help you. In fact, they'll likely hurt you, as they don't know about different body types, and how to modify for people because they usually only work with people that are exactly like themselves. Make sure you ask for their credentials, then verify those credentials yourself to make certain they are actually trained, and not just a glorified fitness pal.
9/12/2013 11:42:15 AM
I would love to be able to exercise again. I'm 74, 5"2, 174lbs, both hips replaced and part of my lung removed from cancer 2 yrs ago, I also have COPD. I do the classical stretch from PBS, but never last beyond 10 minutes. I lift small weights. But miss cardio so much .
Anyone out there with these problems who have found a way for better ways to exercise?
Thank you for this article! I totally get those anxiety and procrastanation (reasoning) parts. And for us FATTIES let me say it is WISE for us to ask our doctors or trainers what is safe for us to do BEFORE starting. I learned this the hard way and ended up injuring my knee, I started this year out with a great bang and lost 30 pounds, then I decided I wanted to kick up my workout because I was feeling so good and went too far, I spent the next 4 months diagnosing, surgery and recovery. So my plan for the year lost 4 plus months because now I have to start out slow so as not to reinjure my knee. Now my doctor is a big part of my weight loss journey and is one of my biggest supporters. We can do this people - yes we can.
9/12/2013 7:10:15 AM
Thank you for writing this article...I feel every bit of what you wrote, i can't wait for part 2 and 3. I needed to hear that people face the exact same fears of trying to exercise!
Thank you for posting this article. I can't wait for parts 2 & three. Truly a motivation! Everyday I am more and more convinced that signing up for Sparkpeople is the best thing I've done yet!
8/24/2013 6:26:58 AM
I feel you Fiddlemom. I've always wanted to see a video without everyone being so physically fit. Where's the motivation? I bought a Leslie Sansone walk video this past summer and Yay, there were at least two people in that video that looked like they had just started the program. It boosted me right up. Although I'd rather walk outside, she did help me to pick up my pace. Right now I'm at 18.5 minute mile but have gotten it down from 22 minutes.
Great article! When I joined my gym last October, I started out in the private ladies gym because I didn't want anyone to stare at the "fattie" sweating before even getting started. Eventually I worked my way out into the general area because there was a bigger selection of machines. Now I am down 50 lbs and I am taking classes 6 days a week because I am utterly hooked and loving it. I still feel like the "fattie" sometimes. I have a bad left knee (from a bad fall and being overweight) so I still modify on occasion when I do something that hurts it. But I can tell you, it is getting stronger. Sometimes I compare myself to others even though there isn't anyone who is worthy of that comparison. Some of the issues with being overweight don't go away once the lbs come down. But it does get better. I might feel like the fatty in the room but I have yet to meet anyone at my gym who wasn't supportive of my giving it a try.
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