What exercises can an extremely large person do?
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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