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

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  • 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! - 8/24/2016 11:52:37 AM
  • 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. - 7/24/2016 7:42:54 AM
  • 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. - 7/23/2016 6:11:50 PM
  • 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. - 7/23/2016 3:29:27 PM
  • 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. - 7/23/2016 11:20:53 AM
  • articleis inspiring and practical. Oh I see the author and love all articles. - 7/23/2016 11:10:04 AM
  • RMUL2013
    Wonderful article! How true it is. Been there, done that and still trying to do it. I just needed a kick in the you know where to get me motivated again. - 7/23/2016 10:15:25 AM
  • Great article! And I love KCOCEAN's comment. I have some inspiring people in my gym classes who astound me with their attitudes and grit. They might be old in years, have a significant disability, and/or history of serious illness or injury, but they are often the best in class! - 7/23/2016 7:56:06 AM
  • MARYG321
    Thank You, just what I needed to read. - 6/13/2016 12:20:00 AM
  • LAB8488
    Just what I needed today. I agree with Dezireme2 from 2015. I am in shock with my weight, bad knees, fibromyalgia and just coming off of rotator cuff surgery. I love the pool, but also needed other exercises. I can't wait to try the chair and other exercise videos here! Thanks so much Spark People - 6/2/2016 12:06:04 PM
  • When I started my weight loss journey I was 333 lbs. We have a city park with benches all around it and walking trails. I would drive to the park and then walk from bench to bench. At each one I had to sit and rest because my knees hurt. Eventually I could make it to every other bench, then every third bench. Eventually I could make it section by section until one day I made it the 3/4 of a mile with out having to rest.

    I chose this because exercising in the house made it to easy to not push myself.

    I now do many types of exercise as long as running or jumping isn't involved. My knees are still bad but I'm able to do a lot more.

    So don't ever believe you are to heavy to exercise. There is always something you can do. - 3/10/2016 12:45:13 PM
  • Another source if the doctor isn't much help is to ask for a referral to a physical therapist, which will often be covered, at least partially, by insurance. They should be able to give you some exercises that you CAN do. - 3/6/2016 7:13:16 PM
  • I know I'm not the typical person for whom this article is meant, but I just wanted to add that I LOVE the spark chair exercise videos and find them very valuable to focus on a particular muscle group. I just finished chair yoga, something I do regularly. Focus on what you can do not what you can't regardless of age or current fitness condition. Small gradual improvement adds up. - 3/6/2016 3:25:43 PM
  • Excellent article, thank you being a website that recognizes everyone is capable of *some* activitiy. - 3/6/2016 1:37:54 PM
  • EMPORTER
    I started personal yoga training with a wonderful teacher at a time when I couldn't get down on the floor. When I finally could, I wasn't able to sit up by myself without leaning against a wall. Now, I am so much more mobile, thanks to her patient help!

    I still can't walk much without intense pain in my feet, so I walk in the house where I can sit down when I need to. It's amazing how many steps I can do that way throughout the day.

    And exercising in the water has been a saving grace for me. There's always SOMETHING we can do. We just have to do it.
    Thanks for a great article. - 3/6/2016 7:42:02 AM

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