Friday, March 17

Safe, enjoyable body movements for all weights

A study shows that some obese people find it harder to exercise because they are afraid of falling or getting hurt

Exercise, a common term we all hear frequently, causes many individuals to cringe. Physical discomfort, guilt, or a challenge finding time for or enjoying hobbies could all be contributing factors to unhappy childhood memories of school sports or gym lessons. Recent research indicates that fear of falling or injury is a significant barrier to physical activity for certain obese individuals.

This discovery has significant ramifications for health and well-being. Hence, what are some ways that we might make activities both safe and enjoyable for people of varying weights?

Why must you be active?
Physical activity, as you may know, helps overcome anxiety and despair. It prevents bone loss, strengthens muscles, promotes sleep, reduces blood pressure and blood sugar, and boosts cholesterol levels. Many drugs would be required to accomplish everything that regular physical activity may achieve.

Exercise is usually a component of weight-loss strategies. According to research, exercise aids in weight maintenance and may aid in weight loss. Regular exercise not only burns calories but also builds muscle mass. This is significant because metabolically active muscles release proteins that reduce hunger and food intake.

What does this study reveal?
The study showed that many obese people are afraid of getting hurt or falling, which makes them less likely to exercise. In Sydney, Australia, doctors watched 292 people who were taking part in an eight-week medical weight loss program. Everyone satisfied the requirements for obesity or morbid obesity. There was an average age of 49 among the participants, with men making up one-third and women making up two-thirds of the group.

At the start of the trial, the people taking part answered 12 questions about how they felt about injuries. Most of the people who answered said they were afraid of getting hurt or falling and thought their weight made them more likely to get hurt. One-third of respondents claimed their fear prevented them from exercising. During the first, fourth, and final sessions, the researchers also measured weight, height, and waist circumference and gave strength tests.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers discovered that the individuals who feared injury the most had not shed as much weight as those who did not share this concern. Individuals who had not lost as much weight showed the highest levels of despair, anxiety, and drowsiness.

Choose a combination of activities that works for you.
Everyone, no matter how much they weigh, needs to find ways to exercise that are safe, fun, and make them feel good.

Start low and proceed slowly. If you are currently inactive, begin by sitting less and standing more. Consider taking a two-minute stroll every half-hour. Try walking in place or with a friend or loved one who can provide stability and comfort if you are terrified of falling.

Kindly ask for guidance. Consider joining a YMCA where you may participate in supervised exercises or ask your doctor for a prescription for physical therapy to help you gain confidence and improve your balance.

Try several activities to determine what works best for you. Walking is a simple and healthy activity, but it is not the only one available. You may find swimming or water aerobics enjoyable. Consider pedaling a seated bike or an arm bike (upper body ergometer) that enables you to remain sitting while propelling pedals with your arms rather than your feet. Adaptive sports and activities for individuals with physical limitations and disabilities are also available. Depending on your fitness level and hobbies, you may also want to attempt dancing, cycling, or any other activity that gets you moving more frequently.

Remember that many individuals suffer from anxiety and that a fear of falling is not insurmountable. See your physician or a mental health expert if you're having extreme difficulties.


  1. Such a beautiful and interesting post Melody . Sport is so important!

  2. Swimming is one of the safest sports because the risks of injury are not as great. Obese people need to be more careful when selecting a sport and should probably avoid sports with high injury risks.

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