It is true that most overweight people face exercising challenges that people with healthy weight don’t face. These challenges can be the difference between success and failure.
It’s not advisable for overweight individual to approach exercise the same way a person with healthy weight does. Taking this kind of approach makes most people give up and end up feeling that they are not good enough.
There is no doubt the breaking lifetime habits is difficult, especially in a culture which encourages static entertainment, therefore it will take some time to transition from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one.
People tend to feel like failures if they don’t achieve their target goals and end up falling back to old habits, while others find myriad excuses to stop exercising. Exercising is boring, I don’t know what to do, I’m busy, I’m tired and so forth. Then there are others who are so sedentary that walking is a challenge and can’t even exercise because it’s painful, so they decide to avoiding pain is the best thing to do.
These reasons put many people off and they decide not to exercise. Good news is these are challenges that you can overcome and be on your way to a successful weight loss and live a fit lifestyle.
Exercise alone will not be enough to reduce the fat in the body, eating healthy should be practiced throughout.
It has been proved that exercise helps obese people lose weight. Here are the key things that will lead to success in exercise and weight loss.
Have an open mind approach
This is very important, it will help you persevere through exercising challenges that you may face. It’s a great thing to have a plan but you should be willing to change the plan if it’s not working in your favour.
Sometimes you will find that the exercises you had planned to do are hurting your knees or you are gasping for breath while doing them. When you find yourself in this situation the best thing to do is to switch to simpler exercises which don’t bring you pain or discomfort.
Rather than giving up because an exercise is giving you discomfort try a simpler exercise.
Take one step at a time
Start with simple exercises and advance to more demanding ones as you get more fit. You don’t want to start exercise by lifting weights or doing interval training, it won’t work!
Most activities seem hard or complex the first time you try them but as time goes by you get better and better, exercise is no different.
You can engage in simple exercises like swimming or walking. Walking regularly will help the body get used to exercise and you will be able to advance other exercises after a few weeks.
Though some simple exercises may not bring the results you want, focus on improving on what you are doing every day; if walk 1000 steps today focus on walking 1200 steps the next day. These small improvements will keep you encouraged.
The desire for instant gratification is a big thing in our society, we want exercises or diets that will work immediately but the problem is that they don’t exist. Starting with simple exercises the gradually advancing to more effective exercises is the best approach to take.
Looking how far you have to go can be discouraging; it’s easier if you have short term goals. It’s more motivating to see the progress you have made rather than the progress you have to make.
If you are consistent with your walking or whatever exercise you start with, you will eventually advance to more effective exercises like running, HIIT and strength training.
Do exercises that you enjoy
This isn’t just for overweight people, it is advisable for everybody to engage in exercises that they enjoy. It is difficult to keep doing something you don’t have fun doing; it won’t be hard to find a reason to quit.
An exercise that rewards emotionally, mentally and physically is far better off than an exercise you do because you have to.
But you can also learn to like an exercise, I never used to like running but now I run at least three times a week. I think what helped me the most was consistency and knowing the benefits, surprisingly I now enjoy running.
Deal with your fears
Research shows that fear is one of the reasons why obese people don’t exercise. Fear stops people from doing a lot of things in life; it’s easier for most to give in than to confront their fears.
In the study they found these to be the main reasons which stop the obese from exercising; fear of failure, fear of injury, perceived poor health, self-consciousness, having minor aches and feeling too overweight.
These obstacles have stopped many from losing weight but it is possible to overcome them by following all the suggested tips in this article.
Get support of friends or a trainer
You’ll get better results if you work out with a friend or if you have the help of a personal trainer. Exercising with a friend will keep you more focused and accountable; it’s easier to not exercising if you are doing it alone than if you have a workout partner or trainer.
Having a partner means you will motivate each other and it will be very beneficial for both of you but if you can’t find one, hire a personal trainer. A personal trainer doesn’t have to be expensive and you’ll be exercising with someone who is experienced, understands your lifestyle and motivates you to be in the best shape.
It is important before you start exercising you consult with your doctor and let him/her know the type of exercise you plan to be doing.[related_posts_by_tax posts_per_page="4"]