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The Role of Exercise in Treating Obesity

Obegone Fitness: Overweight Edition- Beth Patterson PT, CYT

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  • It is essential to check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program if you are morbidly obese. Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated during and after exercise -- you will sweat more that a person of normal weight. Although the American College of Sports Medicine recommends that people who are overweight or obese exercise for 150 minutes or more per week to stabilize or reduce weight and as much as 250 to 300 minutes per week to lose a significant amount of weight, those are long-term goals. Don't push yourself too hard at the beginning. It took a long time to gain the weight, and it will take time to lose it. But it you stick with it, you won't be morbid forever.

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  • ehavioral changes in activity must be consistent and long lasting if the patient is to lose weight and maintain weight loss over the long term. Daily exercise and physical activity at the recommended levels of duration and intensity are required to achieve and sustain long-term, significant weight loss. All people who are obese can exercise daily, typically from the beginning of a program. Key factors are to minimize the duration and intensity initially to avoid excessive fatigue or muscle soreness that may sabotage the patient’s willingness to exercise the next day. Altering the exercise mode may also help reduce the risk of injury.

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