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Do you think you’re too overweight to exercise? If so, you’re not alone. There are many kindred souls out there who worry about starting an exercise program. What should you do and where do you start? How can you keep exercise safe and enjoyable all at the same time? If you’ve been afraid to exercise or just uncertain for how to begin, I have some good news for you: It doesn’t take much exercise to make a difference.

Being obese and being overweight are two different things. What doctors use to determine which one you are involves your Body Mass Index (BMI). To calculate your BMI you divide your body weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. If you’re mathematically limited, as I am, you can simply use this BMI calculator. BMI is used to track body fat according to your height and your weight, but it doesn’t distinguish between lean body tissue and fat. BMI can be misleading for very muscular people or for pregnant women.

A BMI between 25 and 29 is considered overweight and a BMI greater than 30 is considered obese. If you’re BMI is 30 or greater, see your doctor and get a check up before you start exercising or dieting.

The Problem With Obesity

Obesity contributes to a host of issues such as:

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