Exercising When Overweight

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We all know that losing weight in a healthy manner requires exercise, and lots of it. But for many of us, our journey to slimmer selves begins at a weight that makes vigorous exercise difficult and going to the gym intimidating. For these reasons, many people who are overweight or obese have a very hard time with incorporating exercise into their daily routine.


Low-Impact Exercises

Exercise is essential to losing weight, but does not have to be high impact cardio to be effective, at least not in the beginning. There are a number of low-impact exercises, some that can be done in the privacy of your home that will start working away at those extra pounds. Try these great low-impact exercises at home:


Exercising Safely When Overweight

Before you launch yourself into a new exercise regime, it is advised that you visit your doctor and have a check up. When you are given your green light, follow these helpful hints that will help you become more active safely:


Start Slow – give your body time to get used to new activities and increase the intensity of your workouts gradually.


Warm Up – warming up your body before exercising is very important in avoiding injuries. Shrug your shoulders, swing your arms and march in place for about five minutes before any exercise.


Cool Down – the cool down phase is as important as the warm up. During the cool down you can do the same exercise, but much slower, giving your heart and muscles a chance to relax.


Keep track of your progress – keep a journal of your exercises and activities that you do each day. You will surprise yourself in no time with all the improvements that you have made and these will help keep you motivated.


Set Achievable Goals – setting both short-term and long-term goals will give you something to work towards and keep you motivated.


Find time to exercise every day – we all have busy schedules, but our health should always come first. Set time aside every day for exercising and stick to your plan.


Keep Exercise Fun - getting exercise should not be seen as a chore, but as a pleasant gift to yourself. Do activities that interest you and don’t be afraid to try new ones.