It is the same every time. You are convinced you are too obese and it is too late to do anything to control your weight…what’s done, can’t be undone. And you are firmly convinced that you will look positively weird while you workout and people will STARE!!
But to tell you the truth, all it takes is one determined step. And gradually, you will find yourself not only comfortably getting fitter, but also happier than you were! And you will look forward to the workout classes.
But before you start working out, there are a couple of things you should consider:
1. Consult your physician
Your physician can tell you whether you can work out safely without hurting yourself. You also need to find out how you can monitor your workout sessions, if you are taking any medications which can actually adversely affect your blood pressure or your heart rate. Also, ask your doctor what kind of exercises you can do and what you should avoid.
2. Decide what to wear during the session
It is difficult, but not impossible to find the right workout clothes for plus-size men and woman.
Whatever you choose, comfort and quality should be your goal. And if money is tight, then just wear whatever you are comfortable in, and you can reward yourself with better workout clothes later. The most important thing is to not wait until you feel better about yourself to workout, now is the time.
3. Start Easy
Walking is the least-intimidating and low impact, and all you need is a pair of comfortable shoes. Walk at your own pace and gradually increase the time, starting with 5 minutes at a time. Also, you can increase your speed after a few days. Make consistency your goal.
Biking is also a good option for someone who is just starting to exercise. Start out slowly and with smaller time sessions. Gradually increase the durations of these sessions and you will actually feel good about this exercise session.
Group exercise classes are another good option. One of the best ways to stick to an exercise program is to develop a social support system. Group exercise classes at The Smith Clinic For Physical Therapy are a perfect place to find friends. Our instructors understand that it takes an overweight exerciser more time to move through certain movements, so they give options for beginner and accelerated, so people can go at their own pace. Our instructors give plenty of advance warning for movement or direction changes.
4. Strength Training
There are many good reasons to start a strength training program. But for an overweight exerciser, there are special benefits. Strength training can correct postural issues that may arise from carrying extra weight. Strength training can also increase the range of motion in all of your joints. Finally, when you build muscle, you boost your metabolism when your body is at rest.
You can start lifting weights at home, but this is one instance where joining The Smith Clinic For Physical Therapy as a fitness member or hiring a trainer may be especially helpful. You can use a single session with a personal trainer to learn simple exercises to get you started and show you technique cues that will help you to keep your form in good shape.
Remember to start slowly and don't do too much too soon. Consistency is the most important element of your new workout program, so the worst thing you can do is to overdo it on your first day so that you have to take a week off.