Overcoming Activity Obstacles Associated with Obesity
Anyone who suffers from obesity has heard the same weight loss advice time and time again; reduce calories and increase activity. While a medical weight loss program will help you reduce calories without experiencing uncontrollable hunger, the difficulty associated with increasing activity is often underestimated by people who do not understand the obstacles that plus sized people encounter.
Some of the obstacles that can make exercise difficult for someone with obesity include:
- Intimidation: When you’re overweight, entering a gym packed with people who seem to know what they’re doing and how to do it and to love every minute of it can be difficult.
- Knee or back problems: Using exercise machines or doing free-form exercises like walking, squats, or lunges can be painful if you have joint problems. If you are carrying around a lot of extra weight, you may also experience back pain very quickly.
- Embarrassment: One of the best exercises for someone struggling with obesity is swimming, but you might feel uncomfortable in a swimsuit in a pool at the gym or a public pool.
- Equipment size: Many weight benches, stationary bikes, and exercise machines designed for weight loss have seats that are too small for a larger posterior, which can increase discomfort significantly. In some cases, the equipment is too small to fit into at all.
If you’ve faced some of these obstacles to weight loss, don’t give up on your weight loss goals. Possible solutions include:
- Hiring a personal trainer: By hiring a personal trainer, you can experience one-on-one training without some of the intimidation involved in going to the gym. There are private personal trainer studios and trainers who can come to your home. If those options are too expensive, try an online trainer instead. Many online personal trainers can help you with creating a workout custom-designed for your needs.
- Buying a cross-trainer or recumbent bike: If you have a bigger budget, you may be able to find a cross-trainer or recumbent bike that has ample seating and can help you work towards your weight loss goals without putting stress on your joints.
- Using an exercise ball: Many exercise balls can hold up to 1,000 pounds, and you can get a great workout just by sitting or balancing on them.
- Exercise Games: Combining gaming with moving around is easily accomplished in the privacy of your home using a game console and one of the latest interactive sport games. Though the calorie burn is not enough to cause substantial weight loss, they are a lot of fun and can help you build up strength, stamina and coordination before trying something a little more challenging.
- Exercise Channel or CDs: Most cable providers have packages with exercise channels featuring a range of activities from stretching and yoga to high intensity burn workouts. If there are no stations like this in your area, consider a CD with some gentle exercises to get you moving. Band exercises are popular and help with flexibility, strength and endurance. Make sure you pay extra attention to technique to avoid injury.
Despite the limitations you may have, it is possible for you to find ways to exercise and achieve your weight loss goals as part of your medical weight loss program. You just may have to get a little creative that’s all.