Bonnie Matthews weighed about 265 pounds at age 43. Her doctor told her that if she did not lose weight, she would be facing serious health risks. Today, at age 47, Matthews has lost 130 pounds and is a certified personal trainer and weight-loss coach.
“I could not deal with the numbers,” recalls Matthews. “I could not think about the amount of weight I had to lose, but I could start walking and stop eating obviously unhealthy foods.”
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Obesity is dangerous for your health, and overcoming obesity is a long but important journey that involves a healthy combination of diet and exercise. Taking the first step is often the biggest challenge. Here are some exercise guidelines to get started.
Getting Started With Exercise for Weight Loss
If you are significantly overweight, the most important thing to remember is to start exercising safely. Obesity puts stress on your heart, bones, and joints, so starting to exercise too quickly could result in an injury or aggravate a medical condition that could stop you before you get started.
Talk to your doctor before exercising, especially if you are