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How Obesity Inhibits Your Ability to Exercise

Jul 14, 2017 @ 01:00 PM – by Frank Veninga

Exercise for overweight and obese peopleWe've helped plenty of people in the greater Dallas area lose weight through safe and effective bariatric surgery procedures. These weight loss surgery are ideal for people who are obese and morbidly obese and who suffer from serious health issues as a result of excess weight.

People often wonder how much excess weight they can lose from exercise. For obese and morbidly obese people, there are major challenges and impediments to this. Let's explore the ways that excessive weight can inhibit your ability to be physically active and fit.

It Can Be Difficult Getting Started

One of the first major hurdles when it comes to obesity and exercise is the difficulty of getting started. A number of people who are obese may feel intimidated by simply beginning an exercise program. This include those initial workouts and first steps toward wellness. Feeling intimidated or discouraged from the outset means obese people may feel less inclined to engage in exercise in general, especially if they are used to a sedentary lifestyle. Indeed, many people who are obese may feel lethargic and fatigued before they even attempt to exercise.

Body Pain and the Risk of Injury

Obesity leads to a number of practical mechanical concerns when it comes to exercise. Because of the extra weight, obese people may be doing serious damage to their joints, especially the knees, hips, and lower back. The additional weight can lead to serious stress on the joints and even outright pain. The risk of injury during exercise can be quite high if the person pushes themselves too hard too soon. Balance can also be an issue. People who are obese may find it difficult to do yoga or pilates, which can add to the intimidation factor of starting an exercise routine.

Problems Keeping Up the Exercise Routine

Exercising to lose weight is a long-term process. The weight loss may be a bit faster at the start, but can taper off. In addition, it takes weeks of exercise to really see the difference to your weight and your overall wellness. If a person is losing fat but putting on muscle mass, their weight may not go down as much as expected even though there are positive health benefits that go beyond mere weight. The lack of immediate results on a bathroom scale can lead to people feeling discouraged, and this can result in people skipping exercise routines and falling back into their old habits.

Self-Consciousness at the Gym or Pool

If you want to exercise at the gym or get into the pool to do a few laps, you might feel a little self-conscious about exercising in public. Many people at gyms are already fit to some degree, which means you might feel out of place if you're just starting an exercise routine. You don't have to feel this way, yet sometimes these social and cultural pressures are difficult to ignore.

Exercise Tips for Obese People

When starting an exercise routine, start slow and go at your own pace. Using a treadmill or a recumbent exercise bike can be helpful in reducing the amount of stress placed on your body. If you don't feel like going to the gym, try starting with simple stretches at home and walking around your neighborhood. Develop a routine of regular activity and stick with. Over time, you'll notice weight loss as well as some general improvement in overall wellness.

Be sure to speak with your doctor about exercise and other ways to lose weight and improve your health. You may benefit from undergoing bariatric surgery, but developing good exercise habits early is a sure way to keep the weight off in the long run after your procedure is performed.

Learn More About Weight Loss Surgery

For more information about weight loss, bariatric procedures, and how to be your healthiest, be sure to contact our advanced weight loss surgery center today. We will help you achieve optimal health and wellness through safe and effective means.

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