It is a well known fact that keeping fit is crucial to maintaining overall health. This is true for everybody – men and women, young and old. It is also true for plus-sized women.
Some people believe that if they are overweight, they cannot exercise. Sometimes, women who are uncomfortable about their size feel embarrassed to be physically active.
The truth is that larger women can and should exercise. The benefits will include increased levels of energy, lower blood pressure, cardiovascular workout, muscle and bone strengthening. Exercise can also bring a feeling of well being and increased levels of confidence. In order to maximize the benefits of exercise, there are some important points to remember.
1. Exercise a few times a week
Try to exercise at least three times a week for a minimum of twenty minutes at a time. The frequency of your exercise sessions is important. The more often you exercise, the greater the benefits.
2. Be creative!
Vary your workouts and keep them interesting. Go for a brisk walk with a friend. Try aqua-aerobics. Join a women’s gym. Choose a form of exercise that is comfortable yet challenging for your body and your fitness level.
3. Keep hydrated
Drink lots of water. This may seem obvious, but it is easy to forget to drink the amount of water you will need to maintain a healthy workout. Keep a bottle of water beside you and take small sips before, during and after your workout.
4. Think comfort
Wear comfortable, loose fitting garments that will allow freedom of movement. If possible, wear cotton clothing as the natural fibers will allow your skin to breathe and ensure maximum comfort. Make sure your footwear is supportive and suitable to your choice of exercise.
5. Start and finish the right way
Warm up before you begin and cool down at the end of each exercise session. This is extremely important. You can do this by performing some simple stretching exercises. These will help to prevent injury and will gradually ease your body into the workout, and will relax you afterwards.
As with any fitness program, it is advised to consult with your doctor before you begin.
When your motivation level is low, and you are finding it difficult to be enthusiastic about exercise, remember that exercise is a gift you can give your body and yourself. The benefits are both physiological and psychological, and remember – the more you exercise, the more you will want to exercise, as you begin to feel the positive results.