Four years ago, I started P90X at 275lbs. I was clinically morbidly obese, and disgusted at how far I let myself go. I faced a unique set of challenges working out that heavy. My joints ached, I had a hard time even getting up off the couch, and I couldn’t even do a pushup. I know there are many of you who are reading this now who can’t do a pushup, either. And that’s okay!! I want you to know you are NOT alone in your struggle. I’ve been in your shoes. As a matter of fact, I’m working my way back to being in top shape again after having a baby 10 weeks ago. The nice thing about my pregnancy this time was that I didn’t let myself go–I have a lot less to lose than previous pregnancies.
Here are some tips on working out when you’re obese:
- Start slow. Walk around the block, or to the mail box. Keep going a little further each day, stopping for rest as needed.
- Most Beachbody programs use a modifier. You may need to even modify the modifier. I know I did.
- Can’t do a pushup even on your knees? I couldn’t either. I did them against the wall. As I got stronger, I would slide my feet out further from the wall.
- Keep pushing play! Guess what? Most people don’t ever make it through all of P90X the first time around. Yup, even fit people. You can only make it through five minutes of the workout? GREAT! Let’s go for six tomorrow! Or, better yet, shut it off, and try again in an hour! Before you know it, you’ll be completing that days workout in its entirety without stopping. And then, 90 days is there and gone!
- Make sure you’re checking in with your doctor on a regular basis to be monitored. Your labs can be a great motivator to get moving.
- Choose low-impact exercises like working out in water. It is much easier on the joints, especially when standing is an issue.
- Get a workout partner. Somebody you trust, and will help push you.
- Beachbody program suggestions: Ultimate Reset, Power 90 (P90), PiYo, Tai Cheng, 3 Day Refresh
Make sure you document your progress! Take before/after pictures. No matter how much you don’t want to–you’ll be happy to have those before pictures when you take your “after” pictures!
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Do any of you have any other suggestions? I’d love to hear those below!
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