8 Best Exercises After Weight Loss Surgery for Better Results

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Sat, May 23, 2015

Your body is adjusting to changes after weight loss surgery. That’s why it’s important to develop a healthy exercise routine, along with a proper diet that doesn’t cause more harm than good to your body. Making sure you’re not pushing your body too hard too soon after surgery is essential to your overall well-being. We’ve compiled a list of the best exercises after weight loss surgery to keep you active in a safe way. 

1. Walking. This is the first exercise you should start with after surgery. A light walk for a few minutes per day after about two weeks of recovery is a great place to start developing your exercise routine. This is not too strenuous and it will keep you active. After more time passes, you can add more time to your walk and increase your speed when your body is ready.

8-best-exercises-after-weight-loss-surgery2. Swimming. Going for a light swim is another great way to exercise after a few weeks have passed proceeding your weight loss surgery. You should not be doing dozens of laps to start— you have to pace your body. Starting with a swim from one end of the pool to the other is a good way to begin. Once your body has had more time to recover, you can add more laps to your swim.

3. Weight Lifting. Building muscle mass after weight loss surgery can be made easier by utilizing dumbbells for light weight lifting exercises. Starting with 2 to 5 pounds at first will help your body adjust to lifting. After you consult your doctor about when you can start lifting heavier weights, you can change your routine accordingly. Don’t lift heavy weights until speaking with your doctor about it.    

4. Stationary Bike. Using a stationary bike can help your body with resistance training a few months after surgery. Whether you have a stationary bike at home or use one at the gym, you can incorporate this into your exercise routine after surgery. It’s important to remember to start off with low resistance settings and a low speed, so that you don’t push your body too hard.  

5. Yoga. To give your muscles a good stretch, beginners yoga is an effective exercise to try after a few months have passed following your surgery. Yoga will help build your muscles while keeping you relaxed. You can try going to a beginners class or you can even look up videos online, so you can perform yoga at home.

6. Exercise Ball. Non-rigorous workouts can be done using an exercise ball to help you stay healthy after weight loss surgery. Using an exercise ball is recommended only after around a year post-op. You can try to do balance push-ups or crunches with the ball, but make sure to consult your doctor on the safest workouts to try.  

7. Bodyblade. This is special rehabilitation tool that uses vibrations and inertia to get your body fit. Although you have to purchase the BodyBlade, this tool allows you to work out the hard-to-target muscles. By moving the BodyBlade back and forth, your muscles are challenged against both resistance and balance.

8. Kickboxing. This is another exercise to try after some time has passed following your weight loss surgery. This can help build muscle and balance. Kickboxing is a great way to release any tension you may have while also being active. Make sure not to push your body too hard until you talk to your doctor about when this workout is safe for you to try.


Making sure to stay active after surgery is vital in order to have your weight loss surgery be effective. These exercises can help you achieve your ultimate weight and fitness goal. To find out more about if weight loss surgery is right for you, contact Riverside Surgical and Weight Loss Center today.

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