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no one is too fat to exercise...

...providing they increase their activity levels gradually, says the link below.

(Coincidentally, this topic came up in one of my groups recently. I know when I started out last year at 198lbs, I felt really uncomfortable going to the university gym, which to my eyes seemed full of slim college students and also, most mortifyingly, my colleagues. I also immediately suffered knee pain when I took up beginner tennis lessons - very embarrassing since we hardly moved and none of the other (lean!) participants suffered similar pain. I kept thinking I should just wait and lose some weight before I try either of these things. As it turns out I'm glad I stuck with going to the gym then, even if it was only walking at 3mph on a treadmill while reading a thriller or watching a program. Even if a few people did stare. It made the weight come off much faster, it motivated me to persist with healthy eating, and it gradually made me feel fitter and more at home there. And resistance training (leg extensions) helped make my knees stronger so that the pain disappeared. In short I think it's helpful to channel some of our fat into developing a thick skin for ourselves when we're starting out! -powerfrau)


Thu. Aug 17, 12:21pm

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i must tell you, i felt the same way in public when i began this journey (this time around), and also stuck w/ it to better myself. it has been great! i almost always gain some sort of insight when i read what you post, powerfrau!

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 12:30 PM

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I'm trying to read the article you linked, but first I gotta know... how much is a stone?

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 12:51 PM

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stone=14 lbs

My mom is over 200 and she always complains of knee problems when I suggest we get some exercise. It's even hard getting her to go for a walk. She's talking about "maybe" going swimming 1 day a week. I'm seriously worried about her health. What other kinds of exercise might be appropriate?

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 1:29 PM

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can I ask the OP's Height and weight?

I don't consider 198 anywhere near too fat to exercise. I took up running at 200lbs with no pain (5'6, 25 yo woman). My mother who is around 300 lbs (5'5 50 yo woman) swims when she can.

Some problems like knee problems may not be wieght related, but rather form or age related...

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 1:31 PM

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i'm not the op, but i am 200 lbs and i feel too fat to exercise sometimes. (i'm 5'4''). but i stick with it, and my lab results are getting better and better. my weight is finally catching up!

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 1:36 PM

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I have back problems I attribute to starting to babysit too young and picking up and carrying kids when I was barely bigger than them. I'm pretty sure that if I had started hardcore exercise when I was at my heaviest (252 when I started weighing), I would have hurt myself due to having a bad back, not knowing proper form and not wanting to draw attention to myself by asking for help, and the extra weight that was forbidding me from doing the proper exercises.

So I can only imagine where Power is coming from.

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 1:40 PM

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start slow

This is how I started out (~220 lbs): an aerobics class that was full of elderly ladies, and then later walking around the track. Then I started running 1/2 the track every other time around. At the YMCA that I started at (very welcoming place!) there were even "step aerobics" classes for older people where the "step" was just an outline in tape on the floor!
In short, there is SOME kind of exercise that anyone can do to get started -- just watch how you feel (nausea = stop) and get over the little ego problem of feeling like the fattest one there -- once you have been there awhile, you will not be! And if you are nervous about something that might be a bit beyond you, just try it, and allow yourself to stop early if you have to, or do things in a modified way. Remember, even the buff people have off days -- if you start respecting your body, you'll be okay doing what it needs (even if you don't look as hardcore as you would like).
PS -- 70 lbs later, I am training for a half marathon. Starting slow works fine, just be patient!

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 2:51 PM

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i can highly recommend taking exercise / dance/ yoga classes at a senior center! i am in my 30's, but the pace was great for me and i got a lot of positive feedback! very encouraging way to begin!

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 3:01 PM

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how funny! what a great idea! I never would have thought of that, but that's really smart! And I bet the senior citizens love having some "young kid" around!

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 8:31 PM

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so true!! and waht an added incentive to "keep up", as it goes! it really gave me the boost i needed, and i think i motivated others as well!

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 10:23 PM

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