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Status:Closed    Asked:Feb 12, 2014 - 09:33 AM

Are there any types of fitness classes that might work for someone who is morbidly obese and very out of shape?

I am morbidly obese and am trying to figure out a fitness routine that works for me. I am so discouraged and frustrated by how little I can do. I get winded going up the stairs and tired walking 30 minutes. Walking on a treadmill is okay, but kind of boring. I would like to try something new, maybe some kind of class once or twice a week to give me a change from walking? I think it would also really help if I had some supportive people around to help motivate me. I have no friends and have a hard time getting out of the house due to social anxiety issues, but if I had a real reason to go out, maybe I could. Is there any kind of fitness class that I could participate in given my very low fitness level?

 
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Firstly, congratulations on putting your health first! It takes effort to make a lifestyle change and you are on the right track. In order to find out what kind of fitness classes are in your area, you may want to contact local fitness centers and ask them about their group fitness schedule. Group classes are a great way to surround yourself with likeminded people, supportive environment, and fun. Depending on your interests, you may be interested in water aerobics, low impact cardio class, or yoga. If there is a YMCA in your area, many of those also sponsor team weight loss groups. Another great option to find out about fitness in your area is to find an ACE certified personal trainer to guide you. Click on this link to find an ACE pro near you: https://www.acefitness.org/acefit/locate-trainer/. A certified personal trainer can help guide you in finding out about what type of fitness routine will best suit your life and may also be able to hook you up with others who may have similar goals. The key to fitness is finding something you enjoy, that way, you keep coming back for more! So don’t be afraid to try a different style of class until you find one that suits you.


Keep in mind that only 150 minutes of physical activity per week can help improve your health. That means three 10 minute walks per day, 5 days per week. If you are able to do more, that’s great! Even walking outside for a few minutes in the morning or after dinner can help to promote better health.


If you want to exercise outside or at home, here is a link to a great place to start! Just put in your information and it will generate a few great workouts for you! https://www.acefitness.org/acefit/fitness-for-me/


Be sure to speak with your doctor before beginning any new exercise plan, especially if you have concerns with your current state of health. He/she may also be able to help direct you to places in your area that host group fitness classes.


Congratulations on taking the first step towards improving your life and your health!

 

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