At Home Workouts
After weight loss surgery, one of the most important things you should do is get moving! You might have to start small, but you have to start somewhere. Exercise must be a critical piece of your new life after bariatric surgery. The surgery is just a tool and will not do all of the work for you. There are so many benefits to working out and it isn’t all just about losing weight. You will feel healthier and stronger and it will give you the momentum to push towards your goals.
We all have different lifestyles and daily schedules, so sometimes the gym is not always the best option for people. Finding workouts that you can do at home can help motivate you to begin an exercise routine and stick to it. For me personally, I have found that having an instructor helps me. So, I do a lot of at home workouts found on YouTube. With everything that is going on in the world today, a lot of things have turned more virtual. This includes exercise classes. Many of the classes you would normally do at a gym can now be done in the comfort of your own home through Zoom.
Sometimes people struggle because they don’t believe they have the right equipment to do an at home workout. The truth is, many workouts can be done without any equipment, or substituted with objects found in your home. For example, gallons of water can be used for weight training. There are some people that even find it fun to include their children in their workouts, such as benching their toddler. I have found that by including other family members in your workout, the more successful you will be (and the good habits will rub off on them).
When you are beginning an exercise routine, it is best to start slow. Find something that works for you, whether it is an instructor-led Yoga session or a 30-minute full body workout you do alone. Everyone has different tastes for how they get their workout in. The important thing to remember is that you do not need a gym to get healthy. You can find something that works for you in the comfort of your own home, you just have to take the time to explore and find what out what that might be. Set a schedule with yourself and get up and do that workout every day. Be consistent and don’t give up. Remember that this surgery is a journey and it is critical that you put exercise in early on if you want to be as successful as possible. Have fun with it and give it your all!
- Kimberly H.