For those who are obese, getting down to a healthy weight can be an extremely daunting task. When starting a workout program, many obese people simply cannot perform some of the exercises at the levels of duration and intensity that they are expected to. Many are embarrassed to work out in public. Many feel defeated before even trying because they are expected to perform the same workouts as a person half their size. With all these factors working against obese people on their weight loss journey, it is not surprising that a large number give up early on.

But there is hope! For every person who has struggled with the exercise part of their weight loss plan, I have some good news for you. If you can’t run on a treadmill for a half an hour, it’s OK! Because maybe you could walk on that treadmill for 5 minutes. And you know what? That is more than you did yesterday. Will you lose weight if you don’t work out for the designated half-hour to one-hour long period of time with a high level of intensity? Yes!! As long as you keep moving and keep making progress.

If you don’t like the notion of working out at the gym next to people half your size, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t workout at all. Find a type of exercise that you don’t mind, and do it. If this means buying an elliptical, stationary bike, or treadmill for your home, do it. The investment will be well worth it once you reach your weight loss goals. Performing low-impact exercises such as walking can work wonders for your body, especially if you increase the time or distance you walk each time incrementally to steadily build up your endurance. You can try increasing your workout time by 30 seconds each day, for example. You will barely notice the difference! The important thing when it comes to fitness is to do what you can. Even a little bit of progress is still progress! If you keep pressing forward, remain patient and optimistic, I have no doubt that you will achieve your goals.