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Physical Activity for Weight Loss - Topic Overview

Exercising when you have other health problems

People who are overweight or obese often have other health problems and may be afraid or find it difficult to exercise. These people can still exercise safely.

  • Talk with your doctor or a physical therapist about how your condition limits your exercise and bothers you while you exercise. He or she will be able to help you find other types of exercise.
  • If you have coronary artery disease, you may need someone to monitor your exercise. Many hospitals have special programs in this case. For more information, see the topic Cardiac Rehabilitation.
  • If you have arthritis or another joint disease, exercises that are not weight-bearing may be easier and less painful. These include swimming, water aerobics, and cycling.

For more information on physical activity and fitness, see the topic Fitness.

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Last Updated: March 19, 2013
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