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Exercise

   We hear a lot about obesity these days, and the usual solutions range from gastric bypass surgery to the inevitable plea for diet and exercise. But with all this attention, there's one aspect of obesity no one's really talking about.

The Challenges of Being Obese

     Besides the obvious challenges of being overweight or obese in our world, when it comes to exercise, plus-sized people have even more obstacles getting in their way. My clients have shared some of their experiences with exercise, such as: 

Intimidation at the gym.

       Gyms can be scary even for the most experienced exerciser. Walking into a room full of sweaty exercisers, all of whom seem to know what they're doing, is hard for many of us. My obese clients have mentioned how much more humiliating it is when you're very overweight.

Confusion in cardio.

      Cardio exercise can be a challenge at a gym. Some of the problems these clients have faced include:-

  • Some machines are difficult to use or can cause knee or back problems.
  • Swimming is a recommended exercise for obese people, and while this is wonderful if you have a pool in your backyard, what if you don't? Walking around in a bathing suit causes instant panic for plenty of people, but even more so if you're overweight or obese.
  • Recumbent bikes are another good option for obese people. The problem is, many aren't built with big enough seats, and climbing onto them can be a real challenge.

Walking

This is a simple exercise that can be done anywhere, right? For people with joint or knee problems, walking isn't always comfortable, and some of my clients have even experienced name-calling and other rude behavior when they've gone out for a walk.