Exercise is one of the three top components to weight loss success for bariatric patients. Most patients will have to ease into exercising after weight loss surgery, just by walking for a few minutes a day is a good way to start.
Benefits of Post-Bariatric Exercise
- Not only do studies suggest that exercise after bariatric surgery will increase your weight loss, but it will also help to assuage depression and lift your mood.
- Studies also show that exercise also helps the healing process and helps to minimize post-bariatric surgery complications.
Some patients may be required to undergo a mild exercise regimen before bariatric surgery. Exercising before surgery will help patients be qualified candidates for weight loss surgery. In some cases, bariatric surgeons require a full year of mild exercise before the surgery date.
Simple tasks could be necessary for morbidly obese patients before weight loss surgery:
- Walking (Walk for 10 to 20 minutes per day)
Our Exercise Regimen for Post-Bariatric Surgery Patients:
Immediately following bariatric surgery during your healing process, patients are at increased risks. Most surgeons recommend that patients begin a lite exercise regimen after two or three weeks of your surgery date.
1-6 Months Post-Surgery
Starting the regimen, most doctors will tell patients to start slowly. Most recommend simple exercises including walking in the very beginning.
Starting out at one to two days per week and increasing from there is a good step. Patient’s goals should be to work to 30-minute exercises for three to five days a week.
- Yoga can help patients regain their balance.
- Walking is a good place to start, and patients can increase to “speed walking,” in the later months.
- Swimming can be very physically demanding, so we recommend intermittent lite-swimming.
- Dancing can be fun and also help you meet your cardio goals.
- Resistance Training using light weights contribute to strengthening your body.
6-12 Months Post-Surgery
After six months, you should be able to endure 45-minute exercise sessions 3 to 5 times per week. This stage will be spent investing more time with resistance training, helping to increase your core muscles (abdominal, lower back, upper back), your leg muscles and upper-body muscles.
Patients should feel free to try more challenging exercises. Patients should include kickboxing and aerobics into their repertoire.
1 Year and Beyond
Making past one year deserves a big congratulation! Getting to this point means you’ve probably shredded a significant portion of your excess weight. Some patients may have even lost 100 pounds or more.
Now that you’re halfway there, it’s time to try more intense exercises to keep the fat coming off.
- Interval training on the treadmill: walking then running, or walking than jogging, and doing it in varying intervals will keep increasing your metabolic rate to burn more fat.
- Patients also like to incorporate more activity-based exercises into their routine. Hiking, running, swimming, biking are all novel ways that will help you to continue to your weight loss goals.