Fitness

Foregoing regular exercise and activity can heighten your risk of developing obesity while severely affecting your overall health. Finding a balance between nutrition and regular physical activity is truly necessary, as the body stores excess fats for later use when it cannot burn as many calories as it ingests.

Reserves of purposeless fat become increasingly dangerous over time. A person carrying excessive amounts of fat is described as overweight or obese and has higher chances of suffering from heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis and several other serious conditions. To reach a healthy weight and maintain your wellbeing, you must commit to consistent and effective physical activity.

Beginning an exercise regimen may seem daunting, but its benefits are worth every effort. In addition to eliminating extra fat, physical activity can:

  • Improve the quality of your sleep
  • Encourage a smooth complexion
  • Increase immune function
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Lessen back pain
  • Support heart health
  • Decrease the effects of depression, stress and anxiety

Luckily, there are many great ways to get moving. It’s important to choose exercise that works for your unique body, preferences and schedule.

While becoming a body builder overnight is, of course, unrealistic for anyone, simply adding consistent activity and low-impact exercises into your daily routine will encourage wide-reaching positive effects. Identify what you value in a workout and pursue activities that align with those interests. For example, if you find yourself easily bored while exercising, try guided group exercise classes, kickboxing, hiking, rock climbing or group sports.

For example, if you find yourself easily bored while exercising, try guided group exercise classes, kickboxing, hiking, rock climbing or group sports. You should begin listening to podcasts or watching television while you walk or run to keep your mind occupied. It’s about finding ways to be active and improve your quality of life! Here are some other helpful ideas to consider:

  • Walking is linked to substantial health improvements, so take a stroll on your lunch break and a longer walk around the neighborhood in the cooler evening hours with a friend or family member. Even brief walks, if taken regularly, can lead to improvements.
  • If you have back or knee problems, try low impact activities that emphasize stretching and strength, such as water aerobics and yoga.
  • Working out with a group can help you remain dedicated to your fitness goals, hold you accountable to regular activity and may even make exercise more enjoyable. Ask some buddies with a similar schedule if they’d like to strike up a weekly tennis match or basketball game.
  • It is advisable to change your routine every four to six weeks, as doing so typically yields more substantial long-term results. If you ever experience pain during physical activity, immediately stop what you are doing and check in with your doctor.

During your initial consultation at Lumin Bariatric Weight Loss, one of our bariatric physicians will help you identify physical exercises that fulfill your individual needs and fit your lifestyle. If you are anticipating bariatric surgery, our acclaimed team of surgeons may give you exercise guidelines specific to the weeks prior to your procedure, in order to prepare your body for the desired amount of weight loss and instill healthy habits.

After surgery, exercise becomes even more essential as you’ll be consuming far fewer calories. Physical activity helps prevent the body from burning muscle fat to overcompensate for a smaller supply of calories. Additionally, post-surgery exercise may alter the metabolism by causing patients to lose weight more easily in the year to come. If you do not implement healthy lifestyle changes after surgery, fat deposits may rebuild.

Typically, post-operative exercise looks as follows:

2-4 Weeks after Surgery

Immediately after surgery, it is inadvisable to sit or stand in one place for a long period of time. Also, do not attempt strenuous exercise. Once you feel ready for moderate activity and have obtained your physician’s permission, you can begin performing low impact workouts such as:
  • Walking
  • Arm rotations
  • Shoulder rolls
  • Leg lifts
  • Restorative yoga
Engaging in exercise soon after surgery will help kick-start your new life, both physically and mentally. However, while bariatric surgery can accelerate weight loss, you should not expect to reach your fitness goals immediately after the procedure. You’ll have to work your way up to that marathon!

1-3 Months after Surgery

More challenging exercises are generally acceptable after one month, provided you are communicating regularly with your surgeon about your progress. Ask your doctor if you might benefit from:

  • Cycling class
  • Water aerobics
  • Moderate yoga
  • Elliptical workouts
  • Pilates

These types of exercises and others like them are still focused on low impact movements but can significantly increase strength and wellbeing.

6 Months after Surgery

Typically, patients are ready to begin strength training around 5 months after their bariatric procedure. However, many exercises targeting the abdominal and lower back regions are not advisable until 6 months after surgery. Patients’ centers of gravity rapidly shift as they lose weight after bariatric procedures. For this reason, exercises requiring balance, such as squats, lunges and step aerobics are to be undertaken with caution.

Whatever pace you and your bariatric surgeon decide upon, one thing is certain — Post-surgery exercise is a determining factor in how successful and sustainable your procedure and weight loss will be. For more information about general fitness and physical activity in relation to bariatric surgery, schedule a consultation by calling us directly at 972-255-5588 or fill out the form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to helping you keep the weight off, so you can live a happy and healthy life!

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