Obesity is attributed to approximately 325,000 deaths per year in the United States amongst nonsmokers. Diseases such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, asthma, certain cancers, and osteoarthritis have all been linked to obesity.1 Diet and exercise have long been the standard recommendations for people to lose weight, but what do you do when you don’t know how to exercise, or what’s safe to do given your previous injuries or health history? What do you do if every time you exercise you hurt? Who better to help design a safe exercise program for you than somebody who has medical training and specializes in exercise science! A physical therapist can evaluate you and design a safe and effective exercise routine to help you lose the weight that inhibits your body from functioning the way it should.
1. Racette SB, Deusinger SS, Deusinger RH. Obesity: Overview of Prevalence, Etiology, and Treatment. Phys Ther. 2003; 83: 276-288.