How to Start Exercising When You’re Obese: 8 Tips

1. Talk to Your Doctor First

Talk to your doctor or another health care professional before starting any exercise plan, especially if you already have a health problem or worry.

2. Start Slowly

This is the MOST important! Don’t overdo it on day one.  You will likely become discouraged, sore, and possibly even injured.

3. Set Realistic Goals

Set achievable, realistic, and specific goals. Set goals about consistent movement, not just weight loss!

4. Find Activities You Enjoy

Look for activities you enjoy doing. Whether dancing, walking, biking, or playing a sport, finding something you like increases the likelihood of sticking with it in the long run!

5. Consider Support

Exercise with a friend or family member, or consider joining a support group.

6. Modify Your Diet

While exercise is important, weight loss is also significantly influenced by diet. (You can’t out-train a bad diet!)

7. Focus on Strength Training

Incorporate strength training exercises into your routine. Building muscle mass can boost your metabolism and help with weight loss.

8. Be Mindful of Your Body

Listen to your body. If you experience pain (not to be confused with the usual discomfort of exercise), it’s a sign to stop and rest.