Bariatric Surgery Done, What Now?

September 29th, 2018 - Posted to Weight Loss

Exercise after Bariatric SurgeryArguments about obesity and being overweight may strike a sensitive cord, but that should not mean they are issues that are not up for discussion. In fact, they are more than issues, according to the American Medical Association, they are diseases.

Speaking from a medical point of view, there is not one single positive aspect of being obese, yet there are quite a few serious conditions that one could think of on the spot caused by being overweight, such as hypertension and cardiovascular-related illnesses, type 2 diabetes or some forms of cancers.

An efficient option for weight loss and an overall enhancement in metabolism is bariatric surgery. Arguably, however, the post-surgery behavior of the patient is what makes the difference in the long run.

Benefits of Regular Exercise

Bariatric surgery will give your weight loss an advantageous jump-start, but only by committing to making better diet choices and keeping your body on the move will you make the most of your it.

Here is what regularly exercising will do for you:

  • strengthen your heart
  • strengthen your bones and joints
  • improve your blood sugar
  • enhance skin elasticity
  • boost your metabolism
  • improve your immune system
  • combat anxiety and depression

Simple Post-Surgery Exercise Plan

Never overdo it, always take it easy. You should have this mentality welcome you into any type of changes. Your recovery should start with you walking around your home, and in a few days or weeks, depending on your progress, you can consider longer walks outdoors. The trick is to be consistent and do it on a regular basis.

In the timeline of your post-surgery regimen, you should be especially focused on these intervals:

2 - 4 weeks post-surgery

- work on your basic flexibility and strength:

  • shoulder rolls
  • arm rotations
  • hamstring stretches
  • leg lifts

1 - 2 months post-surgery

- work harder on your cardio:

  • cycling
  • swimming

6 weeks post-surgery

- work harder on your strength:

  • squats
  • lunges
  • weight lifting

Each step should be accompanied by a combination of your doctor’s requests and your own needs, abilities and preferences, therefore, the channel of communication between the two of you should be always open.

Tips to Make Exercise a Fun Time

The time following weight loss surgery can be quite hard on some patients, and the physical discomfort may negatively affect their moods, which in turn, will stir them away from even the idea of an exercise routine. The good news is that it is perfectly normal, and you can find solutions for it.

You can try:

  • varying your workouts - no boredom.
  • choosing physical activities you find enjoyable - doing more of what you like.
  • getting your friends to join the hustle - priceless support.
  • playing your favorite music - getting motivated.
  • morning exercise, evening workout - you choose.

Exercise is hard, even for the best of us, but living a life with obesity is admittedly harder. It is important to work closely with your doctor and with your professional fitness advisor in order to create a schedule that addresses your particular needs so that you can maximize the healthy lifestyle potential brought about by weight loss surgery.