Regardless of how much you weigh, exercise is important for good health. A regular exercise routine offers so many benefits. It can lessen depression, and it helps to prevent so many illnesses that can stem from a lack of exercise. Finding the best fitness routine for your plus size workout is important to your success. Whatever exercise you choose it should be one that you are motivated to stick with.
The number one reason why women don’t exercise is that it can feel more like work. Consider including these plus size exercises below to create a fun fitness routine that you can look forward to.
Zumba is the perfect plus size workout because it’s exercise without the feeling of doing exercise. Let’s face it exercise can really be…well not fun. We know it is necessary but it’s not the first thing you want to do. However, with Zumba, exercise is fun and having fun makes it worth doing.
Zumba consists of Latin and African dance and depending on who the instructor is, he or she may throw in a little old school. Just imagine being in a room full of women dancing to the Latin and soulful beats without the worry of how you look or if you can keep up. You are having so much fun feeling the music and the bond between women, that nothing else matters. Zumba classes usually last an hour. That is one whole hour of sweating, burning fat and having fun.
The weight loss that comes with Zumba is a byproduct because your mind isn’t on losing weight. It is on how good you feel dancing to the beat. It is by far, my personal favorite exercise!
Walking is the best plus size workout for so many reasons. Walking isn’t rough on the joints like jogging can be. You don’t need a lot of exercise equipment and you can do it anywhere.
To walk you only need comfortable clothes and good sneakers made for walking or cross training. In fact, if you are going to spend a little extra put it on the best walking shoes that you can afford.
Another reason walking is the ideal plus size workout is it gives you the sense that you are making progress quicker. Four times around the track is doable and you build confidence in that short time. What’s more, you can build a lap at a time at your pace.
If you are new to exercise or just haven’t done it in a while, walking is a great way to transition over to more advanced exercises when you are ready.
Swimming is by far the best exercise, period. Whether you are plus size or not, swimming benefits you in so many ways. It is one of the best plus size exercises because how much you weigh isn’t a factor. In addition, swimming gives you a full body workout from head to toe. Still, there is a downside to swimming and that is wet hair. The clean up can be time consuming so this exercise might be better for weekends when you have more time.
Another word for resistance training is weight or strength training. Ladies, that means you have to lift weights, okay. That’s right, if you want to see the quickest transformation in your body, you must incorporate resistance training!
The benefits of incorporating strength training in your plus size workout routine:
- Lose more fat faster
- Become stronger
With weight training, you begin to build muscle. Muscle burns more fat; therefore, you lose more weight.
In the process of building muscle, you also build endurance and strength. This is important for health and as you get older, you avoid fractures that can accompany age.
If you can motivate yourself to exercise for improved health and well-being, weight loss will be the icing on the cake. Before lacing up those sneakers, you should consult your doctor and let him or her know before embarking on any of these plus size workout suggestions. Then you can set a plan of action.
Staying motivated to workout is a key factor. That’s why it is so important to find a place where you feel accepted and comfortable enough to really go for it and give it your all. Exercises that are fun and that you love to do are what will make sticking to a routine so much easier to do!
Leave a comment below and let me know which of these you like, or do you have another one that you feel would be a good exercise for the plus size community?
Please also check out an article I wrote that goes into more depth at squidoo.