Bariatric Surgery: Exercise Your Way to the Desired Results
January 8, 2018
Whether you have undergone a gastric bypass surgery or any other laparoscopic bariatric procedure, exercise plays a key role in helping you achieve your fitness goals. It is, therefore, important to know the right type and level of physical activities that you can incorporate into your daily lifestyle, post surgery. Although you can consult bariatric surgeon or a dietician to develop a diet plan that helps you stay fit, to give you a headstart, here are some factors to consider when preparing a workout regimen.
When to Get Started?
The physical activity post-weight loss surgery improves blood circulation, thereby reducing the risk of blood clots and improving the recovery process. In the first week, post-surgery, patients are encouraged to include walking as a part of their daily physical workout regimen. In the beginning, patients are asked to take small steps and use stairs at home. Patients are encouraged to walk certain miles on daily basis and increase the distance gradually. The aim should be to cover 10,000 steps per day. In addition, physical activities such as biking is also encouraged. If you like to swim, you can start it only after consulting your surgeon. That said, strenuous exercises are often discouraged for until three weeks after surgery.
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The Exercises to Include
No matter whether you have undergone gastric bypass surgery or any other type of weight loss surgery, it is recommended to include some sort of physical activity into your day to day life. The most common types of exercises for patients after bariatric surgery are low impact exercises, cycling, walking, and swimming. In addition, yoga, jogging, Zumba, and aerobics are also highly effective in achieving weight loss goals, post surgery.
Intensity of Physical Activity
After bariatric surgery, patients are given an exercise plan starting from low to moderate level exercises. After a week after weight loss surgery, activities duration increases gradually with a mix or low to moderate exercises throughout the week. Once you are comfortable with moderate exercises, the intensity of the exercise can increase with 75 minutes of exercise per day spread across the week.
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A healthy lifestyle supported with a well thought out regular workout regimen expedites the weight loss process after bariatric surgery. In addition, it helps you boost your metabolism, improve skin elasticity, elevate mood, and promote bone strengthening among others. It is, however, advisable to talk to your bariatric surgeon about the best exercise regimen for you. If you have any questions related to your workout regimen post-laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy or need to learn more about weight loss surgeries, simply call 08 9370 9686 or fill out our contact form and we will take it from there.