How To Stay Active And Fit After Bariatric Surgery?

May 30, 2024

While bariatric surgery might give you the body you have always longed for, maintaining it afterward is a crucial step to enjoying its benefits for life. With a new body comes new limitations, but one thing is constant— regular exercise.

How To Stay Fit Before Your Bariatric Surgery

Here are some ways you can stay active before your bariatric surgery is due:

  • Simply start moving slowly, increasing your daily activity by cleaning the house or parking farther away at the grocery store. Another good way to work up a sweat is to use the stairs more frequently.
  • Start walking with a short distance and slowly increase as you feel comfortable.
  • Light aerobics is nothing intense; it only focuses on movement and duration.

Post-Surgery Workout

You need to form a perfect regime to maintain your weight loss and see perfect results from the surgery. You can start with:

  1. The Classic – Walking
    Walking is quite an excellent way to start your active journey after weight loss surgery. It is a low-impact activity that is easily taken up immediately after surgery. Do not go into brisk walking or running, start with short 10-15 minute bits and gradually increase the duration to 30 minutes each day. This exercise improves your heart health and can be done at your own pace.
  2. Yoga and Pilates
    Both yoga and pilates improve flexibility, balance, as well as core strength. These exercises are easily adaptable to suit different fitness levels, from chair yoga to more advanced flows.
  3. Strength Training
    Strength training helps build and maintain lean muscle mass, boosts metabolism and supports overall health. You can get resistance bands, light weights, or do bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges, and push-ups.
  4. Swimming and Water Aerobics
    Swimming and water-based aerobics have a positive impact on not only your body but also your mind. They are low-impact exercises, making them easy on the joints. They burn calories and improve cardiovascular health. Perform them 4-6 weeks after surgery once cleared by your doctor.
  5. Brisk Walking, Cycling, and Dancing
    If you are out with the old and mundane forms of movement, walking, cycling, and dancing can help. They are intense cardio exercises and are easily allowed to be done after you cross 1-2 months post-surgery. Aim for 30 minutes, 3-5 days per week; dancing is a fun way to get your heart rate up and done in the comfort of your home.

    But the question remains: how can this be turned into a living reality?

    Start with setting achievable goals. For this team up your surgeon and a fitness professional to develop a personalized exercise plan for you. Set specific, realistic targets for yourself, like walking 10,000 steps per day or lifting weights 2-3 times per week.
    Moreover, make exercising a part of your new normal. Find activities you genuinely enjoy so that you stick with them for a long time. No need to start with anything big and taxing. Take baby steps, like switching to stairs instead of the elevator.

Closing Note

Do not ignore the calls of your body, and start slowly. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts, all the while giving your body time to rest. Always talk to your doctor before starting a new routine after bariatric surgery. Prioritize your health and well-being during the recovery process. Nova Bariatrics is here to help you kickstart your body transformation journey. For more questions, get in touch with experts by dialing (469) 639-0953.

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and General Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.

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