The Do’s And Don’ts Of Exercising When You’re Obese

April 3, 2015

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Aside from dieting, the only other efficient method of escaping the risks obesity brings is exercise. Overweight people have higher chances of having heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension, and that’s why dropping that excess weight is so important.

However, even non-overweight people encounter obstacles when they want to start exercising, and these problems include a lack of time or motivation or pure laziness. Same thing applies to obese people, only in their situation these factors have a lot more influence.

So before you give up on working out before you even started, here are a few tips on how to kick-start your exercise regimen when you’re obese.

Safety First

Before you start exercising, you need to determine which exercises you can and cannot do.

Obese individuals weigh more, and therefore should avoid moves that put stress on their ankles, hips, knees, and lower back if they wish to avoid injuries.

That being said, jogging, running, squats, leaps, and such are out of the question. Pick low impact cardio moves that won’t lead you to injuries, like walking, cycling, and swimming.

The next thing you need to take into consideration is strength training. The best way to burn fat is to build muscle at the same time, so make sure you add a couple of machine-bound strength exercises into your regimen, such as chest presses, lat pulldowns, and leg presses.

Every Day Is A New Challenge

Now that you’ve got your set of moves, it’s time to begin working out. It will be hard at first, but eventually you’ll drop some fat and you’ll feel stronger.

Once your original exercises start feeling too easy, it’s time to step up your game. You can do this by either increasing the number of reps or the weight you lift in your exercises or by implementing or replacing your beginner moves with more demanding exercises.

This way you won’t only lose weight, but in time you’ll start gaining muscle and strength. Add a healthy diet to this exercise plan, and you’ll go from morbidly obese to a lean machine in the matter of weeks.


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