Exercise is a key to achieving the body you want after weight loss bariatric
surgery. Getting started on a gradual exercise and physical activity plan
is a very important part of bariatric surgery. An exercise plan should
begin before, 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 your muscles.
- Increase your energy.
- boost your metabolism.
- Tighten loose skin caused by rapid weight loss.
- Decrease risk of cardiac disease.
- Lower blood pressure.
- Make you feel better.
Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day (Physical
activity is defined as activities
in addition to you normal daily activities such as working, shopping or housekeeping.)
EXERCISE...LET THE PLEASURE BEGIN!
The most important reason to exercise is to strengthen your heart. Whenever
you exert yourself (even walking upstairs), your heart pumps extra oxygen-rich
blood throughout your body. Since muscles need oxygen-rich blood in order
to contract, the stronger your heart, the stronger your muscles. However,
research shows that people who exercise feel happier and more positive
about themselves. So, a daily exercise routine will help you ....
Feel better...you will feel more alert and energetic and your muscles and joints will
be more flexible and less tense.
Achieve success...consistent physical activity is the number one predictor of successful
weight loss maintenance.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF EXERCISE
Get Active! bariatric exercise program, you’ll build your aerobic fitness, strength
and flexibility. The walking program is designed to help build your ‘aerobic
fitness’ - or how well your heart and lungs deliver blood and oxygen
to working muscles. Aerobic exercise is the best way to strengthen your
heart. Strengthening your heart can help make daily tasks seem easier
and decrease your risk of developing heart disease.
Other activities will help you strengthen your muscles. Balanced muscle
strength can help prevent injuries. And, having more muscle can help with
weight maintenance since it burns nearly three times as many calories
as fat, even when you’re not exercising!
To increase your flexibility, stretching exercises have also been included in the
Get Active! program. When joints are flexible, they feel loose and are less prone
CHECK WITH THE DOC
But before you begin exercising, check with your physician or surgeon
first! Make sure you are medically able to begin this program.
Start Slowly. If you do too much too soon, you may be sore and tired and may also run
the risk of injuring yourself. “No pain, no gain” just isn’t
true! With the Get Active! program, you will learn to gradually increase
your physical activity level. Also, changing your behavior gradually will
help you to make these changes permanently.
When you begin to increase your activity level, you may feel out of breath
for the first few minutes. Don’t be afraid or let this temporary
discomfort discourage you. Within 10 minutes or so, your breathing usually
becomes more regular and your heart settles into a comfortable, elevated
rate. This is when the pleasure begins! If you only exercise for 5 minutes,
you probably won’t experience this enjoyable phase. So, make sure
to give yourself the gift of time...to experience the enjoyment of exercise.
To get you started, consider the list of activities below. Each day, pick
at least one that you will do to increase your activity level.
- Take the stairs versus the elevator.
- Walk up and down a flight of stairs 5 times during each TV commercial.
- Park your car as far away as possible from your destination.
- Do 5 jumping jacks before brushing your teeth.
- Take a walk after lunch or dinner.
Consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.