What exercises can an extremely large person do?

  • I've got a friend interested in getting healthy. However, traditional exercise is almost impossible, due to severe joint pain and her large size.

    The fact that she wants to start makes me so happy! But her options are much more limited. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Aynina7777   by: Aynina7777
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    Faery  4 months ago by: Faery

    Dear Aynina,

    Congratulations to your friend for wanting to get healthy. I'm by no means an expert, but the True Beginner might be the best bet for your friend. Justin is a great trainer, and provides modifications of each exercise for people with injuries or other limitations. I'm doing this program myself and I love it. I haven't exercised in over a year after having a difficult pregnancy and post partum issues. It's challenging but not too difficult. You don't need any equipment, other than a chair, a mat and some water. Good luck!

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    Depepsi  4 months ago by: Depepsi

    I'm not large, but I am 64, with a lot of injuries in my past (and a lot of joint pain) and I started with True Beginner. It's a great program, and Justin offers modifications to help you get started. Kudos to your friend on the decision to get healthy. The people in Justin's videos are real people who have limitations with age, weight and injuries, not elite, super-fit athletes, so it's much less intimidating.

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    SumayaRouidji  4 months ago by: SumayaRouidji

    Dear Aynina,

    I do not have an answer, but being a larger woman and having limited mobility and joint pain, I wanted to follow your question so I may also gain ideas. Thank you for posting this question!

    • Faery
      Faery 4 months ago

      Dear Aynina,

      Congratulations to your friend for wanting to get healthy. I'm by no means an expert, but the True Beginner might be the best bet for your friend. Justin is a great trainer, and provides modifications of each exercise for people with injuries or other limitations. I'm doing this program myself and I love it. I haven't exercised in over a year after having a difficult pregnancy and post partum issues. It's challenging but not too difficult. You don't need any equipment, other than a chair, a mat and some water. Good luck!

    • Kristimcook1
      Kristimcook1 4 months ago

      Tell your friend that the hardest part is deciding to get healthy. I myself have not exercised in quite sometime and am almost finished with the True Beginner program. It is a GREAT way to get started. Justin tells you how to alter the exercises to better help you get back to where you need to be. These exercises are easy on the joints. I think that will be her best bet.

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    SPX  3 months ago by: SPX

    As everyone else has suggested, if she's capable of doing something like True Beginner, that's where she should start. If even that is too much for her, it sounds like she needs to be doing something that's non-impact. and where she doesn't have to support her bodyweight.

    If she can be convinced, it may be best for her to join a gym and start out on the recumbent bike. It's about as non-impact as you can get but it will still burn a fair amount of calories. She would want to combine this with a healthy, but calorie-restricted diet to lose weight. Once she has lost enough weight she should be able to do the sorts of programs you find here at DailyBurn.

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    Beauty1726  2 months ago by: Beauty1726

    Walking. Even if she starts off with just 5 - 10 min a day, and just gradually increase the time. I was also told Tai Chi, my mom has issues with her legs and feet because she is a diabetic. Her doctor suggested, Tai Chi or walking starting off at 5 - 10 min one day, rest for a full day and then the same time the next day. Start off with only 1 - 2 days a week and increase the days that you would work out and then the time. Granted I am not an expert or a doctor, and what my moms' doctor told her was based on her conditions. However, you wanted some suggestions, so hopefully this helps.

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