Best Exercises to Lose Weight After Weight Loss Surgery

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Thu, Nov 21, 2013

Weight loss surgery is a drastic and successful start to your lifestyle change. The keyword is start. Weight loss surgery is not the finish line in your weight loss goals. Living a healthy lifestyle after surgery is vital to continuing your weight loss. Weight loss surgery is a big change, however, your weight loss goals should not end there. A healthy lifestyle and physical activity will help you reach your greatest weight loss potential.

Aside from continued weight loss, physical activity after surgery is important for several other reasons. While weight loss surgery decreases fat, it also can decrease muscle. Therefore it is important for you to build muscle while continuing to burn fat. Exercising also increases energy, helps lower blood pressure, and strengthens your bones and immune system. On an emotional level, it improves your mood, self-esteem, and relieves stress. 

shutterstock 79619113The best exercises to lose weight after weight loss surgery begin with walking. Immediately after surgery, your body goes into shock and your muscles feel weak. As soon as you begin to feel as though you are recovering, and with the guidance of your surgeon, you may begin walking. Start with walking for 10 minutes a day, twice a day, eventually leading up to a full 30 minute walk.

Once you have reached a full walk, you should begin other low impact exercises, such as shoulder rolls, leg lifts, and arm raises. These exercises help with the initial building and toning of muscle, as well as burning more fat. This is also the time to up your cardio and aerobic training. Cycling is a great exercise as it not only is cardio, but builds muscle in the legs as well. Water aerobics, swimming in particular, work nearly every muscle in the body.

Once your muscles feel ready for more serious strength training, you can begin weight training with free weights, resistance bands, or weight machines. Weight training should be done 2 or 3 times a week, with at least 48 hours of rest in between workouts. This allows time for your muscles to rest and grow. Aside from the obvious building strength, weight training increases metabolism and slows bone loss.

No matter what exercises you are doing, the hardest part is starting. You can find motivation all around you. Find an exercise buddy or download a music playlist that is going to get you excited about working out. Exercising doesn’t always mean having to go to the gym. It can come easy in everyday life! Walk your dog, stretch your muscles while watching TV or reading, go for a walk on the beach, or just dance around your kitchen.

Continuing to lose weight after weight loss surgery is possible through living a healthy lifestyle and exercising. Talk with the surgeons at Riverside Surgical & Weight Loss Center today to get started on your post-surgery, flourishing lifestyle!


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