Bari Life Bariatric Supplements knows the decision to have bariatric surgery is a life-changing event. Post bariatric surgery is the start of a new beginning. A new beginning that includes eating healthy and exercising, developing healthy habits to last a lifetime!
Studies suggest exercise contributes to greater weight loss post bariatric surgery. As with most surgical procedures, it generally is recommended to refrain from engaging in any type of strenuous activities for the first few weeks following your procedure.
In order for exercise to be effective, it must be done on a regular and consistent basis. If you don’t enjoy exercising, it could be because you over-exerted yourself when starting an exercise program, or because you simply did not enjoy the chosen exercise or got bored with doing the same 20 minutes on the treadmill or the same two-mile walk around your neighborhood.
Success in sticking with an exercise routine depends on finding an activity (or two) you enjoy, starting slow, and sticking with it until it becomes a habit. A combination of low-impact, cardio, and strength training exercises offer variety and allow you to mix up your workout routine.
Begin at home
You don’t have to join a gym. You don’t even have to leave your house. There are several low-impact exercises you can do in your own living room, including:
- Leg lifts – Sit in a chair and slowly lift your legs up and down in a marching motion.
- Shoulder rolls – Slowly roll your shoulders forward and backward.
- Arm rotations – Lift your arms straight out at shoulder height and move them in small circular rotations forward and backward.
Do What You Enjoy
Once you are several weeks’ post bariatric surgery and your doctor has given you recommendations for the best exercises for you, think about what sounds most appealing. What activities did you enjoy as a kid? Swimming? Riding a bike? Playing tennis or team sports?
Exercise should be fun. It should be something you look forward to, or at least don’t dread doing on a regular basis. Consider these low-impact cardio exercises:
- Cycling – Riding a bicycle is great exercise that is easy on the joints. You can go to cycling classes or explore your neighborhood on a real bike. Try to ride for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week.
- Water aerobics – Aquatics exercise is a great low-impact workout that takes pressure off your bones, joints, and muscles. You can do water aerobics in a gym or even in your own pool.
- Yoga – Yoga is a perfect mix of strength training, low-impact, cardio, and relaxation. From beginning to advanced, there is a yoga workout for every fitness level.
New You, New Life
As important as it is to maintain a healthy diet and take you bariatric vitamins and supplements, it is equally important to begin an exercise regimen to help you continue to lose or maintain weight. In addition, exercise aids in maintaining a positive mental health.
Make sure to keep track of your physical activities and keep your doctor informed of your progress. Electing to have bariatric surgery was the first step on the road to getting healthy. Now, make the commitment to stay healthy!
To your health!
The Bari Life Team
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