WOULD you like to be more physically active, but are aren't sure if you can do it?
Good news—if you are a very large person, you can be physically active—and you can have fun and feel good doing it.
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THERE may be special challenges for very large people who are physically active. You may not be able to bend or move in the same way that other people can. It may be hard to find clothes and equipment for exercising. You may feel self-conscious being physically active around other people.
Facing these challenges is hard—but it can be done! The information in this article may help you start being more active and healthier—no matter what your size!
- type 2 diabetes
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
If you have any of these health problems, being physically active may help improve your symptoms.
- Lowers your stress and boosts your mood.
- Increases your strength, movement, balance, and flexibility.
- Helps control blood pressure and blood sugar.
- Helps build healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
- Helps your heart and lungs work better.
- Improves your self-esteem.
- Boosts energy during the day and may aid in sleep at night.
- Weight-control Infomation Network: Steven Blair, P.E.D., and John M. Jakicic, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Health and Physical Activity, Director, Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center, University of Pittsburgh.
- Women of Substance Health Spa; Kelly Bliss, M.Ed.
- In Fitness and In Health; Rochelle Rice, M.A.
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