Obesity and Exercise

Types of Physical Activity

There are many physical activities that large people can do without special skills or a lot of equipment. You can do:
  • Weight-bearing activities, like walking, climbing stairs, and golfing, which involve lifting or pushing your own body weight.
  • Nonweight-bearing activities, like swimming and water workouts, which put less stress on your joints because you do not have to lift or push your own weight. If your feet or joints hurt when you stand, nonweight-bearing activities may be best for you.
  • Lifestyle activities, like gardening or washing the car, which are great ways to get moving. Lifestyle activities do not have to be planned out ahead of time.
Remember that physical activity does not have to be hard or boring to be good for you. Anything that gets you moving around, even for only a few minutes a day, is a healthy start to getting more fit.
Adapted from National Institutes of Health Weight Control Information Network "Active at Any Size."
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