What I did when I started out By and trying out a 3 pound weight. I could do 10 repetions pretty easily, so I went up to a 5 lb weight. I still was not challenged. I ended up buying a 10 lb weight. It was hard to raise my arms but not that hard. When I exercising became easy with the 10 lb weight I went to a 15 pound weight. I am now exercising regularly with a 20 lb weight.and am so proud of myself. Of course it doesn't happen overnight. You have to keep exerciding.
A word about walking or doing dance like routines with weights. I use only the 5 lb weights for that. It's a different type of exercise.
Do be patient. Everyone is different. Try not to compare yourself to others. You should be competing against yourself. I think that's the best way to improve, plus it keeps your morale up!
Good luck and the best to you!
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The amount of weight you use is going to be an individual thing. I recommend 1-3 sets of each exercise, 8-12 repetitions per set. The last rep in the set should be the last one you can do with proper form. Sounds a little strange, but I'd recommend going to the store and checking out some of the weights. Pick them up, see how easy or hard it is to do some of the exercises, and from there you should be able to select the proper weight for you.
Hope that helps!
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The article, "The Perfect Exercise Plan if You're Morbidly Obese" is a great read and I would like to use it's exercises, but they give no information about the size of weights to use. The color of the weight changes, so I assume that the weight size does, too. I checked Amazon, and depending on the manufacturer, the same color weight could be different sizes. The post comments section states not to leave questions there, but on the message boards. Any ideas of how to get an answer?