Exercise Tips after Bariatric Surgery
Make exercise a priority—along with healthy eating—after weight-loss surgery at REX Bariatric Specialists in the Raleigh area. Regular physical activity will speed up your weight loss, strengthen your heart and minimize excess skin. You may also boost your self-esteem, experience less stress and feel happier.
Start with a fitness plan you can keep, typically two to three days a week of cardiovascular activity. Aim to reach and maintain a heart rate of 120 beats per minute for 30-45 minutes each time you exercise. You can eventually expand your fitness regimen to include:
- Five days of exercise weekly
- Strength training
- Team or group athletic activities, including yoga and spin cycling
To prevent pain in weight-bearing joints like knees and hips, consider water aerobics or low-impact exercise machines like an elliptical or stationary bicycle.
Connect with a personal trainer at REX Wellness Centers to stay motivated, or to learn exercises that accommodate your physical limitations, such as old injuries or chronic conditions.
Stay Active Long-Term
Gain the most from exercise by making it a lifelong habit after weight-loss surgery. To continuously increase your fitness over the long-term:
- Make a specific schedule that keeps exercise a priority week after week.
- Switch up your fitness routine to work different muscle groups.
- Choose to walk whenever possible between workouts.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator when possible.
- Find ways to exercise harder or longer if your workouts begin to feel less challenging.