Exercise is key to achieving the body you want after bariatric surgery, but getting started on a gradual exercise and physical activity plan can be challenging. An exercise plan should begin before surgery and resume as soon as allowed by you doctor after bariatric surgery. Any exercise or activity plan should be closely supervised by a doctor.
A consistent exercise or activity plan aids in reaching and maintaining an optimal weight loss, as well as helping to:
- Tone muscles
- Increase energy
- Boost metabolism
- Tighten loose skin caused by rapid weight loss
- Decrease risk of cardiac disease
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve mood
Physical activity is defined as activities in addition to normal daily activities such as working, shopping, or housekeeping. Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Walking is an excellent exercise that you can begin immediately after your surgery. It is also recommended to add strength training to build and maintain muscle mass while toning your body, but usually doctors don’t advise starting strength training until at least six weeks after your surgery. It is important to allow your incisions to heal first.
Tips for Developing an Exercise Plan:
- Find an exercise partner. You are more likely to stick to your plan if someone else is counting on you to be their exercise partner.
- Join an exercise club, gym, or class. Try all the classes they offer and find the ones you enjoy the most.
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Park your car as far from your destination as possible and walk.
- Walk as often as you can.
- Avoid using remote controls – get up and change the channel instead.
- Be creative! Try mall walking, aerobics, dancing, or swimming.
- If you have a dog, take your dog for a walk every day.
- To look good and feel comfortable while exercising – wear comfortable workout clothes and shoes.
- Pack a gym bag so you can head straight to the gym after work.
- Adopt a weekly plan. Look at your schedule on Sundays, and plan how you are going to fit physical activity into your schedule every day.
Are you ready to change your life? Contact Dr. Shawn Tsuda for an appointment.
Read more on this topic online at: http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy-living-article/60/896/after-gastric-bypass-surgery-are-there/