Obesity takes its toll on the body. Before bariatric surgery most patients do very little exercise other than maybe walking, even with the best intentions. Working out is just too uncomfortable and difficult to manage. Once the surgery is completed, there will be some specific recommendations about exercise. If you are contemplating weight loss surgery, here is what to know about exercising after bariatric surgery.
New Life, New Weight Loss Management
Once someone has bariatric surgery, they cannot sit and wait for the pounds to disappear. It is critical to take charge of weight loss management. Yes, patients will eat a bit less due to the procedure, and they will lose weight, but keeping their body in shape is all on them.
Exercise and a nutritious diet is important to achieve and maintain any weight loss. An exercise routine will protect joints, tone muscles, restore heart and lung health, and increase their metabolic rate.
Recovery after surgery will be easier with light exercise. There may still be mobility issues, therefore certain exercises will be off-limits at first.
Patients are cautioned to start slowly and set realistic goals.
How to Begin
Most patients start their exercise regimen by walking. Take a walk around your house, around the block, or on a treadmill. Even five to ten minutes per day (twice a day) is a great way to get moving after bariatric surgery. Shawn Stevenson, DO can provide a recommended walking routine for anyone who is nervous about where to start after their procedure.
Additional exercise should continue to be low impact at first. It can relieve stress, improve mood, and lower blood sugar.
Strength training exercise is not recommended for at least six weeks after surgery. It is important to allow the stitches to heal.
Tips to Lose Weight After Bariatric Surgery
There are numerous ways you can lose weight after bariatric surgery. See what works for you. Exercise can be fun!
- Take the steps whenever you can.
- If you have a dog, walk him or her every day.
- Join an exercise club, gym, or class.
- Park your car away from your destination, and walk instead.
- Hide the remote. Get up and change the channel.
- Try dancing, swimming, and water aerobics.
- Wear comfortable workout clothes and shoes.
- Explore yoga and kickboxing.
If you are considering weight loss surgery, contact Dignity Health Medical Group today to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified bariatric surgeons. We can also provide guidance about exercising after bariatric surgery. Call (602) 582-5233 to schedule an appointment at our bariatric surgery clinic in Phoenix, or request an appointment through our secure online form.