When starting out on a health-improving weight loss effort, I recommend walking. Just 10 minutes a day. Slowly, surely, consistently walking every morning (or sometime during the day).
Many people, however, write and tell me that they cannot walk, or cannot walk very far. That’s OK. There are other things you can do to move your body, and feel better. Here are some alternative ideas:
Start by asking God to move you. Ask for help to get going, and help along every step of the way. You’ll find God’s with you in each step and in every move, if you just acknowledge that presence.
Sit in a chair and stretch every muscle in your body starting with your feet, and moving up to your head.
Swim: Enroll in a community program or work with a personal trainer to do “aqua” stretching, aerobics, dancing, jogging, etc. Moving in water is frictionless. You float well if you’re overweight, too. Just let go of the embarrassment of being in a bathing suit (get one that drapes well). No one is looking at you anyway, they’re admiring themselves.
Lie in bed or on a mat on the floor and lift each limb, then slowly bend it. Flex all of your muscles, holding tight, then release. Do this 10 times with each arm and leg.
Try getting a very simple yoga video, and do 10 minutes of it.
Don’t wait until you’ve lost weight to begin moving. Do what you can do RIGHT NOW! And do what you can EVERY DAY!!!