We have all done it. Gotten over-motivated, perhaps by a buff personal trainer or trying to show off for a friend, then tried a move we knew we weren’t ready for, and ended up with an injury to show for our good intentions.
Not all exercise is beneficial for a person who is out of shape, and certainly a person who is carrying extra weight must be even more careful. The joints of the body endure a great deal of strain, and impact exercise is rarely a good choice when the pressure is increased.
No pain, no gain? I think not.
Further complicating the situation is the need for both cardiovascular and strength-building exercise.
Cardio increases the aerobic capacity of your body, and burns a lot of calories in a short burst of time while you are actively exercising.
Strength training builds your muscular strength, and burns even more calories than cardio, as your improved muscles burn more calories around the clock, even while you are sleeping.
Most people need to participate in both forms of exercise. My chiropractor got me started with swimming and Pilates. He convinced me they were an unbeatable combination. Swimming covers your cardio (with some strength-building) and Pilates covers your strength-building (with a little cardio). Swimming is non-impact; Pilates is low-to-nonimpact.
Protect your joints now, and as your fitness level improves, you can safely branch out into higher-impact exercises. Just promise me, once you get to that point, you will be sure to cross-train instead of risk overuse injuries with the same moves all the time!
About the Author: Amy is a STOTT Pilates Certified Instructor who loves introducing plus size and beginner exercisers to the wonderful world of Pilates. Her favorite benefits of Pilates include a stronger core and back, improved posture and alignment, and increased joint stability. She teaches private Pilates classes for personal training at the Pilates Resort of Oklahoma City, located in the Village at 2713 Plymouth Lane, Oklahoma City, OK 73120. For more information, be sure to visit their website.