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Being Active at Any Size

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Would you like to be more physically active, but are not sure if you can do it?

There are special challenges for very large people who want to be physically active. You may not be able to bend or move in the same way that other people can. It may be hard to find clothes and equipment for exercising. You may feel self-conscious being physically active around other people. But the good news is that you can be active and have fun being active.

The advantages of being active?

Most Important: - YOU LIVE LONGER.

Being active protects you from all of the following killers

  1. Type 2 diabetes
  2. Heart disease
  3. Stroke
  4. High blood pressure

Regular physical activity helps you feel better because it:

Chemically speaking, a workout releases a lot of chemical neurotransmitters that give you that pleasant afterglow and makes you feel relaxed. It also:

  1. Lowers your stress and elevates your mood.
  2. Increases your strength, movement, balance, and flexibility.
  3. Helps control blood pressure and blood sugar.
  4. Helps build healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
  5. Helps your heart and lungs work better.
  6. Improves your self-esteem.
  7. Boosts energy during the day and may aid in sleep at night.

 

How do I get started?

The single greatest hurdle to getting active is overcoming the excuses you have been giving yourself over all these days.

Excuse No 1: I don't have enough time!

Well, you always have time; it’s just that you do not know it exists. Be active for a few minutes at a time throughout the day. Sit less. Try to walk more while doing your errands, or schedule lunchtime workouts to boost your overall activity.

Excuse No 2: I feel self-conscious when I'm active.

Yes, dressing up in exercise gear and trying to be active in an area where people who regularly work-out like the Gym can be a daunting psychological task. Instead, be active at home while doing household chores, and find ways to move more during your day-to-day activities. If you have a group of likeminded friends set up a walk date with them every day. Maybe the easiest and most healthy way you can achieve this is to walk with your dog because to him you were, are will forever be perfect!!!!!

Excuse No 3: I'm worried about my health or injury.

Ok this is genuine. Always consult your doctor before undertaking a exercise regime if you are obese and you have health issues. Find a trained physiotherapist to guide you, or sign up for a class so you feel safe. Remember that activity does not have to be difficult! Gentle activity is good too.

Excuse No 4: I hate exercise.

Solution: Good news—you do not have to run or do push-ups to get the benefits of being physically active. Try dancing to the radio, walking outdoors, or being active with friends to spice things up.

Excuse No 5: I lose motivation very fast!

Anything that is not fun cannot be undertaken for long. Try making your workout fun. Keep varying the activities you undertake to add variety. Ask your partner or friends to help you stay focused on being active. Don’t be harsh on yourself, set realistic goals, track your progress, and be sure to celebrate your achievements!

Remember:

  1. Start slowly. Your body needs time to get used to this.
  2. Warm up. Shrug your shoulders, tap your toes, swing your arms, or march in place. Walk more slowly for the first few minutes.
  3. Cool down. Slow down little by little. If you have been walking fast, walk slowly for a few minutes to cool down. Cooling down relaxes your muscles, and keep you from getting hurt.
  4. Appreciate yourself!

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