Healthy diet choices and exercise are the two cornerstones to achieving and sustaining your weight loss goals after undergoing bariatric surgery. After surgery, your surgeon chalks out a recovery diet and exercise regimen for you to follow. Running is probably the most engaging and gratifying of the exercises that you may take up. During the first week after surgery, while your surgical incisions are healing, you can start walking and take up multiple short walking sessions each day. Once the wounds are healed, you can increase the intensity of physical activities and progress to running. To motivate you to take up running, here are five benefits. Take a look.
Reasons & Benefits of Running after Bariatric Surgery –
1. Improved Metabolism
Running is one exercise that engages your core and help you to burn more fat. The amount of fat burned by running depends on body type and weight. Bariatric surgery modifies your digestive system to take in less calories, and effectively consume them. Running requires your core, legs, and arm muscles to coordinate that results in increased muscular tone, and therefore, improved metabolism.
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2. Increased Release of Endorphins
Endorphins are essentially endogenous morphine, meaning morphine-like substance that is naturally produced in your body. Physical exercises especially running, release more endorphins in the brain, which make you feel more energetic and happier. The endorphins kick-in when you are running, resulting in euphoria or “runner’s high”. After your bariatric surgery, running will definitely help you keep a good mood.
3. Reduced Stress Levels
Running is a great stress-buster. Be it some work concerns or family trouble, you can easily minimize any stress once you go out for a run. Besides improving your mood, running regularly also helps you get sound sleep and make better decisions. Once you see the fat melting away, you feel more empowered and eventually, you leave behind all the anxieties and stress of your life before surgery.
4. Enhanced Cardiovascular Ability
While running, your arteries expand and contract approximately 3-times faster than what they do while you rest. This enhanced functioning of arteries results in an improved cardiovascular activity, which culminates into an increased production of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the good type). The HDL helps arteries maintain their elasticity, reduce plaque formation and lower blood pressure.
5. Improved Focus
Post obesity surgery, keeping your focus on your weight loss goals is the primary requisite to lose that extra body fat. Running is all about focus. While you are running, your mind controls a majority of your body muscles and employs them to complete the movement. Subsequently, your torso, legs, and arms, all coordinate while you run. Running therefore, helps you focus on your muscle movements and breathing, while all other thoughts take a backseat.
Post bariatric surgery, it is important to modify your dietary choices to include more lean protein and fiber content. Similarly, you need to take up exercises to burn the superficial excess body fat. You can also try to combine aerobic exercises and weight training, together with running to strengthen your muscles and improve your metabolism. To learn more about post bariatric surgery diet and exercises, schedule a consultation with our expert surgeons at Perth Surgicals and Bariatrics. Simply fill out our contact form and we will take it from there. You can also call us at 08 65581901.