24 Apr EXERCISE AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY
EXERCISE AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY
It is very important to understand that exercise is required after weight loss surgery as well. It should begin on the very first day after surgery and be incorporated into the daily routine so that it becomes a habit. Initially, while in the hospital, the patient is encouraged to be up and about once the pain of surgery has subsided. They are told to move in their rooms as well as in the hospital lobby and other open areas to get their blood pumping.
It is of paramount importance that regular exercise be incorporated into the regime to have a healthy weight loss. The change in diet and effect of hormones often provides the patients with a heightened energy level which can be channelized properly to achieve the desired result.
Right After Surgery: Take It Slow
After surgery, your body is recovering, so it’s important to start gentle and slow walks the day after surgery. Usually one starts with 15 to 20 min walk at a time and gradually progress over the next 6-8 weeks toward your desired fitness goals, which will include cardio and resistance. However, you should generally avoid anything apart from walking until 6 weeks after surgery.
2-4 Weeks After Weight Loss Surgery: Light Exercise
When your body starts healing, you can start low-impact bariatric exercises. Low impact stretching exercises can be a great way to build strength and flexibility. You can also start going on longer walks, or walking more quickly.
1-2 Months After Weight Loss Surgery: Cardio
As your body continues to heal and strengthen, it’s important to build to moderate cardio workout. Cycling and swimming are both great exercises after bariatric surgery as they are good for joint strengthening. You should start aiming to work out 5 days a week, for 30 minutes per day and build from there.
At any point if you experience chest pain or tightness while exercising it is important to stop immediately and call a doctor. It’s still important to listen to your body. When you’re doing cardio, don’t sprint; you should be able to talk comfortably while working out..
6 Weeks After Weight Loss Surgery: Strength Training
- At this point, it’s important to start adding strength training to your workout routine at least 2 days per week.
- Squats and lunges are great bariatric exercise.
- At this point, you should be doing cardio training regularly 5 days a week, between half an hour and an hour each time. Aim to add at least two of your strength training bariatric workouts per week. However, don’t target the same muscle groups back to back.
As you progress, you’ll need to keep pushing yourself physically. That’s because your body will adapt to exercises, so the same bariatric exercise won’t burn as many calories as it did three months ago.