Other Publications (Fitness-Related)
Walking . . . A Step in the Right Direction.
NIH Publication No. 01-4155. 2001. This pamphlet explains how to start a walking program, presents a sample program, and shows stretches for warming up and cooling down. Available in English and Spanish from WIN, http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov.
Active Living Every Day: 20 Weeks to Lifelong Vitality
Steven N. Blair, Andrea L. Dunn, Bess H. Marcus, Ruth Ann Carpenter, and Peter Jaret, Human Kinetics, 2001. This book offers a step-by-step plan for getting and staying active. The information, suggested activities, and self-help tools in each chapter were successfully tested with people who followed the plan and learned to make activity a part of their daily lives. The 20 chapters correspond to the 20 weeks of the program, but readers are encouraged to go at their own pace. Available from http://www.humankinetics.com/, or your local or online bookstore.
Great Shape: The First Fitness Guide for Large Women.
Pat Lyons and Debby Burgard. iUniverse, 2000. This book urges women to be physically active for fun, fitness, and positive body image instead of for weight loss. The authors describe a healthy lifestyle program including walking, swimming, dancing, martial arts, bicycling, and more. Available from http://www.iuniverse.com/ or your local or online bookstore.
Just the Weigh You Are: How to Be Fit and Healthy Whatever Your Size.
Steven Jonas and Linda Konner. Houghton Mifflin Co., Ltd., 1998. This book presents a plan for total fitness and healthy living no matter what your size. Chapters focus on accepting oneself, improving nutrition without dieting, managing stress, and doing moderate physical activity. Available from your local or online bookstore.
Don't Weight: Eat Healthy and Get Moving NOW!
Kelly Bliss. Infinity Publishing, 2002. This book provides motivation and information for healthy eating and plus-size fitness. It also teaches problem solving techniques. It offers information that can help the large person plan and achieve a fitness program that can be sustained for a lifetime. Available from KellyBliss.com, P.O. Box 572, Lansdowne, PA 19050; phone: 1-877-KellyBliss; Web: http://www.kellybliss.com/; or your local or online bookstore.
Martha D. White. Human Kinetics, 1995. This book presents water exercises for fitness and muscle tone as well as exercises for injuries, postsurgical rehabilitation, and other special needs. Available from Human Kinetics, P.O. Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825; phone: 1-800-747-4457; Web: http://www.humankinetics.com/; or your local or online bookstore.
Easy Does It Yoga.
Alice Christensen, American Yoga Association. Fireside, 1999. This book presents a program of exercises, breathing, meditation, philosophy, and nutrition for older adults and those with physical limitations. Simple chair exercises and more challenging standing and floor exercises are described. Available from the American Yoga Association, P.O. Box 19986, Sarasota, FL 34276; phone: (941) 927-4977; Web: http://www.americanyogaassociation.org/; or your local or online bookstore.
Real Fitness for Real Women: A Unique Workout Program for the Plus-Size Woman.
Rochelle Rice. Warner Books, 2001. This book describes a 6-week introductory fitness program that includes warm-ups, aerobics, strength training and stretching techniques, and meditation. Photos of plus-sized women demonstrate the exercises. The book also addresses getting motivated, creating support, evaluating current abilities, and increasing self-acceptance. Available from http://www.rochellerice.com/ or your local or online bookstore.
Ample Hygiene for Ample People.
Nancy Summer. Willendorf Press, 1997. This booklet offers tips for dealing with reach problems, chafing, skin fold irritations, and more. Available from the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, P.O. Box 188620, Sacramento, CA 95818; phone: (916) 558-6880; Web: http://www.amplestuff.com/
Plus Size Yellow Pages.
Over 3000 online resources for fitness clothes up to 6X, casual wear up to 10X, bikes, bike seats, kayaks, sports bras, supportive tights/leggings, supportive fitness shoes, and much more. Web: http://www.plussizeyellowpages.com/
Size Wise: A Catalog of More Than 1000 Resources for Living With Confidence and Comfort at Any Size.
Judy Sullivan. Avon, 1997. This book describes resources that offer products or services for large people. It tells where to buy items like swimsuits, bicycle seats, and walking shoes. It also has information on exercise classes and sports instruction for large people throughout the United States, Britain, and Canada. Available from http://www.sizewise.com/ or your local bookstore.
Yoga for Round Bodies, Volumes 1 and 2.
Linda DeMarco and Genia Pauli Haddon. These videos offer a fitness system based on Kripalu yoga to promote strength, flexibility, stress relief, and cardiovascular health. Round-bodied instructors tailor classic yoga postures to large people at both beginner and intermediate levels in each video. Available from Plus Publications, Box 265-W, Scotland, CT 06264; phone: 1-800-436-9642; or http://www.amazon.com/.
Jodi Stolove. This no-impact video series is designed to improve muscle tone, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance without putting stress on your knees, back, hips, or feet. Available from Chair Dancing International, Inc., 2658 Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar, CA 92014; phone: 1-800-551-4386; Web: http://www.chairdancing.com/.
Tai Chi Chuan.
Dawn Fleetwood. This 50-minute instructional video features slow, gentle movements and breathing exercises that involve all of the muscles and organs in the body. Available from Orchid Leaf Productions, P.O. Box 72, Flint, MI 48501; phone: (810) 235-9864.
BIG MOVES: Yoga for Chair and Bed.
Mara Nesbitt. This video is designed for people who have difficulty getting down to or up from the floor. Led by a plus-sized instructor, it includes stretches done standing, sitting, and lying on a bed, plus a guided meditation. Available from Mirage Video Productions, P.O. Box 19141, Portland, OR 97280; Web: http://www.miragevideos.com/.
Organizations and Programs
YMCA and YWCA.
The Young Men's Christian Association and Young Women's Christian Association offer physical fitness and health awareness programs in many locations throughout the United States. Contact YMCA of the U.S.A., 101 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606; phone: (312) 977-0031; Web: http://www.ymca.net/. Contact YWCA of the U.S.A., 1015 18th St., NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036; phone: 1-800-679-1209; Web: http://www.ywca.org/.
Council on Size and Weight Discrimination, Inc.
This nonprofit organization seeks to improve health care and access to services for large people through educational programs, media monitoring, and medical conference attendance. Contact CSWD at: P.O. Box 305, Mount Marion, NY 12456; phone: (845) 679-1209; Web: http://www.cswd.org/.
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.
This nonprofit organization seeks to end discrimination based on body size and to improve the quality of life for large people. It offers a variety of publications and videos on size acceptance, self-esteem, and health and fitness. Contact NAAFA at: P.O. Box 188620, Sacramento, CA 95818; phone: (916) 558-6880; Web: http://www.naafa.org/.
This site addresses issues ranging from self-esteem to fitness to finding respectful health care providers. It includes resources and links to related sites. Web: http://www.bodypositive.com/.
Big Folks Exercise and Fitness Resources Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
This site provides information on where to buy clothing, videos, and books on physical activity and fitness for big people. It also lists organizations and classes worldwide for large people. Web: www.faqs.org/faqs/fat-acceptance-faq/fitness.
Healthy Living with Bliss.™
This site includes information on walking, swimming, aerobics, stretching, and other fitness activities for large and very large people. A resource section includes fitness wear, books, exercise equipment, classes, and information on where to buy fitness videos for large people. There is an online workbook, eNewsletter, and a chat with plus-size personal fitness trainer Kelly Bliss. Web: http://www.kellybliss.com/.