Exercise is important for both mental and physical well-being.
This is one aspect of health that everyone seems to agree on. However, exercise recommendations for the treatment of obesity often fail to take into account a myriad of issues that can complicate the adherence to an exercise regimen.
Severe and morbidly obese individuals face all range of difficulties with exercise. Go to the gym? I don't think so. Body shaming is often at its most brutal in the gym and the psychological repurcussions can heavily outweigh the benefits. Get a machine in your home that is easy on your joints? The weight limits on low-medium end exercise equipment are not high enough to accomodate us and not many people can afford the high-end. Go for a walk? Shoes that support our weight are difficult to put on and tie. Our bodies often chafe painfully in normal clothes and exercise clothing for our size is hard to come by. Do 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise? Some of us couldn't even stand up for 30 minutes because of the strain on our joints and backs.
Is exercise still important? You bet. But obese individuals, society, and medical professionals should be aware of these things when organising regimens. Simply being aware of potential complications and planning for them with compassion can go a long way toward helping increase physical fitness.
Obesity and Exercise - MedTV
Exercise advice for overweight people - Nell Card (The Guardian)
Average Obese Woman Gets Just 1 Hour of Exercise a Year: Study - Randy Dotinga (HealthDay)
Obesity and Exercise: What to do when you can't do traditional exercises - Paige Waehner (About.com)
10 Recommendations for Prescribing Exercise to Overweight and Obese Patients - Doctors' Handbook