Size-Friendly Fitness Tips: 5 Key Tips for Larger Bodies

Need some size-friendly fitness tips before you start a workout routine? Whether your workout involves a gym, a TV workout or the sidewalk, the key is to start slow and keep going.

Size-Friendly Fitness Tips

Here are a few size-friendly fitness tips to get you started with a new fitness program:

  1. Set reasonable goals. It took a long time to put on this weight; so, don’t try to get rid of it quickly. Set a weekly or monthly goal…you’ll be more likely to stay motivated. Write down your goal…you’ll be more likely to stick to it.
  2. Set lifestyle goals, not weight goals. Don’t “diet.” Instead, change the way you eat…eat smaller portions of healthier food. Use a food tracking website with a mobile app like caloriecount.about.com to keep track of your daily nutritional intake.
  3. Get up and do something fun. You’ll be more likely to be active everyday if you like what you’re doing. Walk where there is something interesting to check-out! Play your favorite tunes or listen to a book on your iPod or phone. Take the dog for a daily walk. Ride a bike with your kids. Dance in front of your television. You don’t have to join a gym to workout!
  4. Use size-friendly equipment. Big bodies need sturdy equipment. Don’t just put a big seat on a flimsy bike.  Avoid cheap treadmills and stationary bikes…they’re usually built for smaller bodies. Ask your gym, equipment dealer or bike shop about weight limits. Check out LivingXL for bike and exercise equipment built for larger bodies.
  5. Dress appropriately. Don’t just wear oversized sweats or tees when you are working out. ChampionLane Bryant and DestinationXL are great sources for clothes with the stretch and wicking you’ll need after some activity. Plus, if you look good, you’ll be more likely to stick with it!

Be sure you check with your medical professional before you start any workout program. They can help you decide what level of exercise would be best for your body size and medical condition.