After weight loss surgery, one of the most important things you can do to ensure you stay on track with your weight loss is by adding exercise into your life. It can take time to get into a new routine, but it will help you tremendously if you start working out as soon as you are cleared. I did not do this and I think it greatly affected me. I did not put working out into my life until I was around 3 years post-op. I struggled with regain and I truly believe that if I would have started working out sooner, I would have been more successful with my weight loss. It can be challenging finding workouts that you enjoy, but I highly recommend you explore different avenues to find a routine that works best for you. If you are just getting started, here are some ways you can put exercise into your life.
- You have to start somewhere, and I think walking is the perfect way to start. Don’t tell yourself you are going to spend hours at the gym if you know that is not realistic. Set small goals like walking around your neighborhood at night. The more you do it, the more in shape you will get which will make exercising easier.
- Swimming is one of the best exercises for obese individuals. It is easy on your joints and is another great way to ease into working out. Many gyms have pools at their facilities so next time you are at the gym, I encourage you to check out a swimming class.
- This is another workout that is easy on your joints, and it can even help with your posture. Cycling is a wonderful way to blow of stress and get into shape.
- Weight training. We all know that cardio is extremely important for us as bariatric patients, but another thing that is beneficial is weight training. More than likely you will have some loose skin after surgery. Weight training can help tighten up your skin and help get you more toned. It might not fix all of your loose skin, but it will be great for your body and mind no matter what.
- As I mentioned, it took me years to finally start working out. It wasn’t until I found an amazing gym with a class that I absolutely loved. The energy in these classes kept me pumped and made me want to push harder. The people at the gym became like family to me and we all supported each other on our fitness journeys. Take the time to test out a few gyms and classes to see which one calls to you more. Once you find it, don’t ever stop going!
As weight loss surgery patients, this journey is all about creating a healthier, happier version of you. Remember that this is a lifestyle change and you must put effort into all areas on this journey. If you want to see long term success, adding exercise into your life is going to help ensure you are as healthy as you can be. I know it can be hard getting started, but once you start, just keep going! Have fun and push yourself. You can do this!
- Kimberly H.