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Exercise vs Pain
An_246400 posted:
I am constantly in pain. Legs, hips, back, shoulders, arms. I am aware that I need to lose weight which would require an exercise routine. The problem is it hurts too muchto exercise. Just getting up from a chair or out of the car involves a lot of pain. Suggestions?
Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
In fact, you don't have to exercise at all to lose weight. As long as you reduce your calorie intake such that you burn more calories than you consume you'll lose weight. People lose weight all the time without exercise. If you want to exercise but your pain is too much to get up, you might be interested in chair exercise videos. Give a call and explain your situation. They are great on the phone and will recommend something you'll be able to do. You can also try Armchair Fitness at

As for weight loss, I suggest the following:

1. For the next week write down every single morsel of food you eat, and every ounce of beverage with calories you drink. Estimate the portion sizes as accurately as possible, and weigh and measure everything. Get a food scale and measuring cup to do it accurately.

2. Then go to the following site to figure out how many calories you are consuming
Then post your diet-related questions to the Diet Community and ask them how many calories you will need to consume to lose weight. Make sure to post your height and weight.

Finally, weight loss can be difficult on your own. WebMD has excellent resources to help people lose weight. You can get all the support and expert guidance on your diet that you need by checking out the Diet Community and the Weight Loss Clubs. The support and guidance will be extremely helpful to you.

Select one of the Diet Clubs based on how much weight you want to lose. -

I hope that helps. Feel free to post back if you have more questions.

Take care,
finerdaisy58 replied to Rich Weil, MEd, CDE's response:
Hello Mr. Weil...I am so very glad to hear you sd that you do not have to exercise to lose...I like to exercise, but as I attend school (Bachelors degree), I am of course, very sedentary...I have a lot of equipment, when I am utilizing, but sometimes can not put in enough time...I found the WebMD tracker, and has been using it faithfully (love it)...the swelling in my feet and legs has visibly went down...I am tracking everything; I have medical issues, more than likely due to being 70lbs over-wt...but I am losing, about 2-3lbs a week...I have went from 212 to 200.5...I appreciate the information you posted; I am very new to the community and the tracker...not the WebMD, as I have cited it in a lot of my essays......thank you..
Rich Weil, MEd, CDE replied to finerdaisy58's response:
You're welcome. I'm glad I could help.

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