Category Archives: Plus Size Health & Fitness

Good health and a consistent fitness routine are key to plus size health & fitness, for big & tall men and larger-size women. You need professionals who understand the special challenges of building a larger body. You also need access to health equipment and products that function regardless of your size.

Whether you are shopping for a new doctor, a roomy blood pressure cuff or a fun way to exercise, GrandStyle provides tips and info to tell you what features to look for and examples of what will, and will not, be of help to you.

Overweight Kid

Overweight Kid: 5 Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

Your child’s pediatrician is a great source of information if you have an overweight kid. Your doctor can help you determine if, in fact, your child is overweight. And, your doctor is an excellent source of tips and info to improve your child’s health and lifestyle.

Parents do not always know when their child is overweight. The younger the child, the greater the chance that your child is overweight and you don’t know it. You may just consider his or her chubby tummy and thighs as baby fat.

Most kids start to lose their baby fat by the time they reach five years of age. But some kids retain some of that baby fat and add even more due to poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. This leads to overweight kids.

Overweight kids are prone to weight-related medical issues like diabetes high blood pressure. Even if they don’t have medical issues, they are susceptible to body shaming by everyone around them.

Your pediatrician can be an excellent source of information for you. He or she can determine whether the child is overweight. They are also prepared to help you with tips about how to focus your child’s food intake and activity levels.

What to Ask Your Pediatrician About an Overweight Kid

Before the doctor can answer any of your questions, he/she must evaluate specifics about your child. These specifics come from a BMI analysis and answers you provide.

Starter Considerations by Your Pediatrician

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that a doctor measure a child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) starting when a child is two years of age. The BMI is a number calculated based on the child’s height and weight. The BMI, combined with the child’s age and sex can help the doctor determine if the child’s weight status (underweight, normal, overweight and obese.)

Your doctor will ask you about family weight issues. Your child’s weight is often a function of genetics; or, it could be signal of family-wide unhealthy eating habits and minimal exercise. Unhealthy family eating can make it common for overweight children to have one or two overweight parents.

Your child’s eating habits will be the next inquiry by your pediatrician. He/she can give you tips on what your child should eat, portion sizes and best frequency for eating meals and snacks.

Activity levels and exercise habits will provide a perspective on your how your child uses the foods he/she eats. Your doctor can provide ideas on how to get your child moving.

Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

  1. Is his/her weight in the healthy range for his/her height sex and age?
  2. How can I help my child develop healthy eating habits without body shaming him/her?
  3. What are good snacks for my child?
  4. How often should I check my child’s weight?
  5. Will puberty cause a change in his/her weight?

One last thought: If you have an overweight kid is it critical that you find a pediatrician who is size-friendly and will not shame your child about their weight or put your child on a rigorous diet.

Big and Tall Bike

Where to Find Big and Tall Bikes

Finding and purchasing exercise equipment for bigger body fitness can be a daunting task. Finding sturdy big and tall bikes can be particularly hard if you don’t know where to shop or what features to look for. The adult bikes at most bike retailers are only designed for small to medium adults – typically up to about 200 or 250 pounds. Whether they are big retailers or smaller bike stores, most bike retailers tend to inventory bikes with frames, wheels and brakes which are not designed for larger weight or taller passengers.

Bikes sold as “plus bikes” at bike shops or sports stores are mountain bikes with oversize tires that make for a more comfortable ride on a mountain trail. The frames ARE NOT designed for larger riders.

Worksman Big and Tall Bike
Worksman Big and Tall Bike

Don’t give up! Bikes for heavier and taller men and women ARE available. Here are a few reliable sources for heavyweight bikes:

  • Worksman Cycles manufactures bikes with very sturdy frames and are very popular for quick door-to-door transportation in industrial, factory situations. They are available through living-xl.com.
  • Zize Bikes manufactures both classic and electric bikes for a variety of passenger weights up to a 550 pound capacity. They are very well made like the Worksman Cycles.

Buying a bike is an investment in your fun, freedom and health. Buying the bike online means you won’t be able to “test spin” the bike before you purchase. To minimize returns, be sure you really think through what you need and want. The bike manufacture’s customer service people can be a big help to you while you decide which model and features will be best for you.

Big and Tall Bikes: Features to Look For

Whether you buy a standard or 3-speed style bike, you should be looking for these features:

  • Steel tube frame such as 16G in weight
  • Wide (at least 9″), thickly padded, dual coiled seat
  • Super strength wheels and (at least 26″)
  • Puncture-resistant tires and tubes
  • Thick spokes (such as 11 gauge stainless steel)
  • Warranty on frame and parts

Big and tall bikes typically are shipped only partially-assembled. They are not difficult to assemble. Or, you can call your local bike shop for assembly.

Exercise should be fun. So, get your bike and helmet and go out and enjoy the nice weather!

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plus size personal trainer

Plus Size Personal Trainer: 5 Questions to Ask a Prospective Trainer

The best fitness trainer may not be an effective plus size personal trainer. To achieve success with a plus size or big & tall client, a trainer needs to know how to motivate the larger client and how to select fitness activities that will be effective to meet the needs of the client.

Once you decide you want the help of a personal trainer, you are looking for understanding, direction, motivation and fitness success. You are not looking for body shaming, unrealistic weight loss goals or embarrassing impossible body movements.

Even though personal trainers are usually certified in the actions required to successfully help a client, not all personal trainers have experience in working with larger-sized clients. The successful plus size personal trainer will know how to set goals, establish a fitness program and motivate a larger client.

Key Questions to Ask a Potential Plus Size Personal Trainer

  1. How important is weight loss? Avoid the trainer who wants to set a weight loss goal or who tracks success only by weight loss. Instead, look for the trainer who tracks your success by setting performance goals to become strong and fit.
  2. What will fitness do for me? Look for a trainer who responds with goals such as having more energy, being more mobile or feeling stronger. Avoid a trainer who uses fat shaming goals such as look better in your clothes, look younger etc.
  3. What kind of fitness equipment do you use? A plus size personal trainer will use a combination of low-impact exercise equipment such as a treadmill, reclining cycle, weight machine, exercise ball, chair yoga, and water aerobics. Avoid a trainer who wants you to do something that makes you uncomfortable such as lifting weights while laying on a mat on the floor.
  4. Have you always been fit? How can you relate to someone like me? Look for a trainer who talks about personal struggles that they have had. These struggles will help you decide whether you can trust them to understand how you feel.
  5. How do you motivate clients? Look for the trainer that starts with the easiest form or level of the exercise and lets you achieve this level before moving on to the next level. This will be motivating than telling you that they will develop easier versions of exercise routines that they use with smaller clients.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions of a prospective trainer. You need to trust a trainer and the best way to build trust is to know what motivates them personally and what they plan for your fitness program.

To Increase Your Fitness Success

Once you decide on who you want to use for your plus size personal trainer, be sure that you are ready for your first session. Be prepared to wear comfortable clothes and a supportive sports bra. Check out the great plus size fitness books for more tips, ideas and goals to share with your trainer.

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