Fitness After Weight Loss Surgery: What You Need to Know Before Exercising
After weight loss surgery, you may need to start an exercise routine to help fuel your weight loss goals. But how soon after surgery is it safe to exercise, and how can you start an exercise regimen without risking your health?
Your doctor is the best resource to answer these questions, but we’re sharing some of the things you need to know about getting fit as a weight loss surgery patient:
Ask for a Personalized Weight Loss Plan
Your doctor should provide you with a personalized weight loss plan tailored to your goals and needs. It’s important not to jump into just any exercise routine, as your body may be unable to handle certain demands.
Your doctor will usually recommend low or moderate exercises to start with. You can gradually increase the duration of your exercises and include exercises to improve endurance and flexibility over time.
Set Small Goals and Work Your Way Up
You chose to have weight loss surgery because you were ready to change your life. You’re motivated and eager to see results.
But realize that the pounds don’t disappear overnight, or even in a few weeks. It could be a month or longer before your clothes start fitting differently or you see results in the mirror.
Exercise is an important component of your overall weight loss goals. It helps you lose weight faster, build muscle, and improve your overall health. But exercise is also something you’ll have to work toward. Adding exercise into your daily routine takes work. You may only have the energy or endurance to exercise for a few minutes at a time at first, and that’s okay!
Set small goals and try to move your way up gradually. The more you commit, the more it becomes part of your daily life.
Exercise Shouldn’t Be Painful
If you’re not used to exercising, you’re likely going to experience some muscle soreness for a while. But it’s important not to confuse soreness with pain.
Exercise should never cause pain. If it does, there could be an underlying problem that makes it unsafe for you to exercise.
If you feel pain while exercising, don’t try to push through. You could end up injuring yourself and sabotage your weight loss goals. Talk to your doctor about any pain you experience exercising to find the culprit and what you can do going forward.
Combine Diet and Exercise for the Best Results
Neither diet nor exercise alone is enough to help you get the most from your bariatric surgery. But when combined, the two offer exponential benefits that can help you reach your goals faster.
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|Alli "Kat". is a 10 year post-op Gastric Bypass patient with 7 years of Nutrition Counseling for other Bariatric patients. She has several published prints on nutrition and overall health for Bariatric post-op life. In her free time, Alli enjoys kayaking, watching clouds roll by, and cooking for her family.|