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New Study States Obese Women Have A Phobia To Exercise

Posted Oct 07 2008 6:29pm

I was listening to the radio on the way home from work this morning when I heard the radio announcer say that a new study states that obese women have an exercise phobia.  The study revealed that the phobia stops them from being active because they are self conscious about how they look while exercising and fear injury.  The reasons are real and are far from an excuse to just be lazy.  It seems they also fear failing so that won’t even try, have minor aches and pains that make exercise unpleasant, and consider exercise hard strenous work.   This may sound like a bunch of lame excuses for those who do not suffer with extreme obesity, but the problem is very real. Otherwise, we would not be a nation suffering from obesity in epidemic proportions.

I think it would help considerably if we not only had support groups that encouraged obese women to love and accept themselves as they are, but if there were health clubs and gyms that catered to the special needs of those who are obese.  It would be a more welcoming enviroment and eliminate a lot of the self consciousness that obese women feel.  Since that is not likely to happen anytime soon,and the need is immediate, there are some steps that can be taken in the meantime.

Deb emailed me last night and offered some good suggestions that I will list here:

  • Walk.   You don’t have to start out walking a mile, or even a half a mile. Find your tolerance level and begin there. If the best you can do is walking from the house to the end of your drive way, then begin there. Do that for a week, and gradually increase your distance week by week.
  • Exercise while sitting in your chair. Deb mentioned that she remembered seeing a program on TV where a woman was testifying how much Tae Bo helped her.  She said she was so sick and so out of shape that she could barely get off the couch to walk to the bathroom, but she just started watching the tapes and sitting on the couch and punching her arms a few times to begin with.  That wore her completely out.  But she kept doing that and then a little more and then standing and doing it and pretty soon, maybe after a month of easing into it on a daily basis, she was ready to try doing the routine as it is shown on the tape.  And she literally over a few months got herself physically able to move around in the world again.  I think that’s a great testimony to how much a little at a time can mean.
  • Do not use your weight to measure your self worth. What does your weight have to do with your self worth?  You are so many things that are special and unique to only you, and it has nothing to do with the measurements of your waist and thighs.
  • Count your blessings. You have so much to be thankful for: a loving family, a beautiful day, a new coat, or a roof over your head. The heart and mind that is filled with gratitude has little room for self pity. So, you don’t wear a size 2? Neither did Marilyn Monroe or Mae West and they were sex symbols.
  • Stop playing negative tapes in your mind. When your mind start playing those negative thoughts, hit the eject button, and find something positive to replace them. It will take some effort, but you can do this.
  • Don’t use all or nothing thinking. No one is a complete and total failure. Just because you make a mistake or take a wrong path does not make you a failure. It means you are human. You have learned what doesn’t work,and this will enable you to try again a new way.
  • Remember the glass is half full. You probably eat well most of the time. Learn to build on your successes.

The important thing is to begin somewhere. Take baby steps and go from there.  Little by little it will get easier and you will get stronger.  Trust me. Try it and see!

 

 

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