Originally Posted by Tomato
Yoga is great, but I don't think it is what your husband needs right now. He needs to focus on cardio - get his heart rate up and keep it that way while physically active. Yoga won't make him lose weight (even though it would be better than no activity at all).
I am a big yoga enthusiast, and I disagree completely that yoga doesn't help one lose weight.
Some of the movements are EXTREMELY strenuous-you can be supporting your entire body weight on your hands, or on one leg, and holding it for a long period of time. It isn't all stretching.
It has added a lot of muscle tone to my shoulders, triceps, back, and thighs, and it has really helped to lift my buttocks, too.
The more muscle you have, the more calories your body uses per day.
I have some yoga dvds, and have taken some classes, where I am exhausted and sweating buckets by the end.
On the yoga note, though-at his current weight, you will have to get a plus sized yoga dvd, not a regular one. Because of his body size, there will be some poses that will need modifications-simply because the belly area among other things can get in the way of some of the postures.
To the OP:
I would recommend that you check out the website Collage Video. There is a dvd there by Leslie Sansone (Walk Away The Pounds) but it is one for older adults-it is slightly slower paced. Since your husband is very obese, this might be a good fit for you two to do together, since one of her regular dvds might move too quickly for him. Try it out.
I also recommend the videos meant for plus sized adults-I have heard wonderful things about Just My Size Yoga, and Plus Size Pilates. (BOTH are at Collage Video as well.)
I would also recommend that you two walk together....but if he isn't interested in EXERCISE, you might want to disguise it a little bit. Tell him that you want to take a walk and look at holiday lights in town, or that you want him to go to the outlet mall with you to look for holiday gifts, etc. Think of things that will get him moving, but maybe that he won't view as a "workout".