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Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? - Part 1

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  • I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming. ~Rodney Dangerfield
  • I loved the article... but I wanted to add a few things.

    A LOT of people cannot afford the gym or places where they can physically exercise. So, here are some additional pointers that should be added.

    Silver Sneakers is available in almost ALL disabled medical insurance, which is a membership to the YMCA or a similar place where there is a pool available.

    MOST medical insurance provides some physical therapy, usually about 12 to 32 days each year. USE it, let the professionals tell you what to do to avoid hurting yourself. They physical therapist uses should focus on areas you are having trouble. Tell your doctor if you stopped walking around the block because your knee is killing you... etc. you can go to therapy and they will tell you how to fix it and stop it from happening again.

    ALSO, MANY physical therapy places, IF you are a patient, offer a discount to use the equipment when you are out of therapy hours with your insurance. It will be cheaper than most gyms. Ask around your area and the next time you have to go to therapy, go there.

    I can't "walk" around, God only knows how much I miss running and biking, but I am unfortunate enough that it isn't likely going to be any time soon that I can do those things. Organizations like the YMCA let you apply to get a discount. IF there is a local gym with a pool, ask about providing discounts or such and how you can apply to them.

    Don't give up, if you are limited, ask people for advise, ask the doctor, ask the physical therapist, see if there are options. I know so many disabled people who have no idea that they have Silver Sneakers which gives them YMCA membership. I also know that most people have no idea that the physical therapy centers offer discounts for their use after therapy runs out.
  • I am 280 pounds and take Yoga and Tai Chi classes, work with weights and get in the pool. I don't like how I look but that is why I do it.
  • Thanks for the article!
  • Absolutely love this! I decided in 2014 to make a lifestyle change. It's frustrating when doctor's and trainers alike think you can actually do mountain climbers with at 300lbs complete with baby kangaroo pouch! I am the queen of modification and have slowly learned to not focus on weight but on actual physical goals that make me feel really good about myself. (i.e., .5 second plank turned to 10 sec, 20 sec, and now I'm almost to a full minute!) Planking is hard when you wight 250!
  • One of my main goals and lifelong mission is to show people YES, you can exercise and truly feel and look better. I know I have achieved this when people write to us with their success in losing and maintaining weight I beam with pleasure when people use the word fun and exercise in the same sentence! Have fun and get fit with me! Jodi Stolove, Chair DancingĀ® Fitness
  • ENOLABEANS
    Thank you for this EXCELLENT article. Rather than diving in, I'm getting my head straight first...but will not take too long to do that!
    Good job!
  • DFOSTER14
    Good article. Thanks for writing it.

    That second paragraph about, "What if I succeeded? Then I would have _? I definitely understand that sentence because I had in the last five months lost thirteen pounds but, gained them back within a month and half.
    I know one of my issues is stress; also, when people begin to take notice and compliment me on my weight loss. Hmm, where do I go with the compliments and the sudden attention? When one is obese he or she is used to the negative attention or no attention. This has happened before people start to notice and I get scared probably because I do not know where to go after all of the nice comments.

    Maybe I am thinking I had arrived? So now I can start slowly eating more of the incorrect foods and not exercising as much. I did better just walking than when I went to a gym. I became more conscious of the other people in the gym. I was usually the largest female in the room. Then you always have those who will show off by doing 100 reps on some piece of equipment and that can be intimidating.

    However, I will not give up. Every day we can choose to begin again.
  • Bless you for the frank talk. Able-bodied people who don't have health issues or have gone through traumatic medical procedures simply don't understand. I've had two open heart surgeries in the past six years, and just realized recently how much -mental- scarring I have that was having physical consequences. I feel like I need to start out "small" and just work my way up, not only in a physical sense, but in a mental sense to prove that I -am- capable of doing it without having something bad happen. THANK YOU.
  • ARMSPARKLE7
    I just want to thank you for writing this! Best thing I've read in a while. What an inspiration to think of your success in where you came from. That's just simply AWESOME!
  • This is such a slippery slope...and it should not be! Very few individuals have always been strong and fit. Most began their journey out of shape, exhausted, discouraged, and more importantly...out of excuses. I know all tooooooo well. You don't earn yourself a new set of knees when you are 47 because your life is all grins and giggles. Just begin doing one healthy thing that gets you moving a little bit. Do the work you need to do (as in finding what will work for you: research, watch videos, read blogs, whatever) for you to do it...ya need to own it. There is a reason it is called a work out. Build slowly, modify, and find a way to exercise your strong. It is empowering to do this for yourself. You will be amazed by how much better you feel and how much easier it will be to move.
  • Excellent article. Thank you so much taking time to write it. I am now at my heaviest EVER and have been back to Spark since Wednesday (this week). I know it works here and I know I need to keep involved and read all I Can for encouragement. So THANK YOU AGAIN, this was my first piece and agree. Now onto my journey, again.
  • Great article. It would be nice if Spark People had a section of videos for larger people. I've done some of the chair workouts and other workouts that come up under beginner and I cannot imagine trying to do any of those if I were a newbie in the 300+ pound range.
  • When I started back in 2011 I was over 220 lbs and hadn't done much at all in years. I wanted to make changes so that I would get healthier and not keep gaining weight. My first step was just to move more and I committed to parking further from work and stores and finding opportunities to walk and take the stairs. It added up Walking is a great way to start and you can do it anywhere.
  • articleis inspiring and practical. Oh I see the author and love all articles.

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