There is no doubt about it, to be a successful post-bariatric patient, you must do exercise.No excuses, if you desire to have the best results, you must prepare yourself mentally and physically to exercise at list two times a week.
Patient who lose more amount of weight, are those who don’t stick only with the results of the surgery, but they follow correctly their diet plan, they do exercise regularly and also are members of support groups.
So, if you want to reach your goals, is important to make a change in your lifestyle.
Where could I start?
Walking is essential for all bariatric patients, you can start little by little with walks of 10 minutes, 3 times a day. Start with a moderate pace that you feel comfortable with.
Afterwards, increase the speed of your walks until you feel comfortable with a power walk.
Whenever you feel ready you could also increase the number of steps you take, so each week you can break your own record of steps a day.
The idea is to improve your endurance and pace, so once you have mastered your walks, you will be able to continue with other exercises that require a certain level of energy and strength.
When to start?
Is possible to start walking right away when you return home after your surgery, however for a more intense exercise is important that you ask your doctor, for most of the patients the recommendation is to leave intense activity for 3 to 6 weeks after surgery.
Which type of exercise can I do?
All types of exercise that require certain level of endurance, strength and flexibility will help you lose weight effectively and faster.
Once you have reached a satisfactory pace in your walks, and if the doctor recommends, you could change to stationary bike or a elliptical trainer.
Also, if you have access to a pool, swimming would be a great option. This is a very complete exercise that improves your endurance and strength, as well as your respiratory and cardiovascular system.
Your flexibility could get better if you take a yoga class for beginners, don’t hesitate to register in one near your home, or maybe you could see some yoga videos in youtube. These exercises will help you to have a better respiratory system, and improve the flexibility in your joints.
Exercise is a fundamental part of your weight loss plan. Don’t think about it too much, and start your physical activity routine as soon as possible.