Do I Need to Lose Weight before I Start Exercising?

Should I Lose Weight before Exercising? - Plus Size Beginner FAQs

My personal training business, Slim Force, specialises in plus size fitness in Melbourne. One of the most common concerns people have when they first contact us is whether they need to lose weight before they start exercising.

We highly recommend getting the okay from your doctor before launching into anything as everyone is unique and we don’t know your specific circumstances. However, in the vast majority of cases, you don’t need to lose weight before you begin a basic fitness program.

For most people who are wanting to lose weight, moving a bit more can absolutely be of assistance to achieving your goals. It can also be very beneficial for things like your heart and lung function and your mental health. Once you get into it, exercise can be an all around positive experience for body and mind regardless of where your weight is right now.

So, what should you be doing exercise wise as a plus size beginner? There’s no reason why bigger bodies can’t do just about anything with a bit of practice but if it’s been a while since your were active, here are a few great options to get the ball rolling while you build your fitness, strength and confidence:

  • Walking or hiking: Walking could be walking up and down the hall or around the garden. If you’re opting to go for some hikes, start with short ones and build up your distance
  • Swimming: Swimming can be a great option as it takes the pressure off your joints and let’s face it, can feel really great!
  • Cycling: This is another one that tends to be more tolerable than some other options for people who have troublesome knees
  • Bodyweight exercises/circuits: This could include variations of exercises such as push ups, squats, lunges, stick ups, step ups etc

Unless your medical team have concerns, there’s really no need until you reach a particular weight to start becoming more physically active. Start at a level that you are comfortable with and build on it over a period of time.

Try to avoid worrying too much about what others are doing, this is your journey, run your own race.