Research on obesity and weight control indicates that there's a ticking overweight epidemic among 17% of children and adolescents (aged 2 – 19) and almost 35.7% of American adults (aged 20 and older) ready to explode. Over the past two decades, the prevalence of obesity in America has risen dramatically and continues to increase.
Obesity is a condition wherein someone has accumulated so much body fat that it might have detrimental effects on their health.
If a person's body weight is at least 20% higher than it should be, then he or she is classified as obese. If a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9, then he/she is considered overweight. It is certainly a complex health issue to address.
Obesity has major effects on the physical, psychological and psychosocial aspect of an individual. The most common and detrimental physical effects of obesity include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Being obese significantly affects the psychosocial health of an individual. Discrimination and bullying are the common challenges an obese person faces.
Obesity has a major emotional toll psychologically too. Being obese is intimately entangled with emotional sufferings. Consistently being judged due to social stigma, depleted self-esteem and chronic depression are the most common detrimental psychological effects of obesity.
Due to these alarming facts, the majority of obese individuals are taking action to address their weight problem. The best way to lose weight is to use more calories than you take in. And the best way to do this is by following a healthy eating plan and being more active.
Since obese person's size may literally prevent them from being able to do certain exercises, there are a lot to consider before training an obese client. A morbidly obese person can’t do everything an average person can. If you're going to a gym or to your DIY workout place, you can try these best exercises for obese clients:
It’s the number one exercise recommended by the majority of health agencies because it is a low-cost, low-impact aerobic exercise that can be done almost anywhere, and even inside on a treadmill. For those who are morbidly obese, they may need a walker, walking cane, or assistance but this is the greatest way to start for them.
Seated Stationary Bike
Seated Stationary Bikes provide a backrest optimal for overweight or obese people. It is different from normal upright exercise bike in a way that it places less stress on your lower spine, which is a common problem for obese clients.
Exercise Ball Workouts
It is the best way to target your abdominal weight. Exercise balls can be used for abdominal crunches by lying on your back, setting your ankles onto the ball, and lifting upward with your core and both arms behind your head. But be sure to select a burst-resistant.
While the water makes you feel lighter by helping to support your body weight. It also significantly lessens the impact on your joints, which is perfect for an obese person. Most popular for obese clients are the resistance water workouts, such as an underwater bicep curl or deep-end water walking with a noodle.
Motivation, self-determination, and long-term weight control can help to successfully counteract the obesity timebomb.
At the end of the day, it is always safe to always check with professionals to ensure safety in your workouts and guide you towards reaching your weight goal. Obesity is a tough battle and having a support group, professional help, and positive mindset will surely boost your motivation and aid in conquering your fitness goals.