By Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, Medical Director
Whether you are pre-op, post-op or well on your way to weight loss, your bariatric fitness plan will determine how quickly the weight comes off—and help guarantee that it stays off—permanently.
Even if you are preparing for weight loss surgery, start exercising now (so long as your doctor clears you) and boost your metabolism even before your operation.
Keep in mind, the healthier your heart is before surgery, the less risk you’ll face from complications after surgery.
Bariatric Preoperative Stage
Admittedly, exercise is challenging for people who carry a lot of extra weight.
For this reason, starting slow is imperative.
If you are morbidly obese, talk with your bariatric surgeon about fitness guidelines based on your current health.
Generally speaking, these are reasonable goals to target:
· Focus on cardiovascular exercise, even if it’s just a walk around the neighborhood for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on your health and doctor’s recommendation.
· Start walking for 10 minutes daily, working up to 30 minutes/day.
· Appreciate how good you feel after exercising—even for 10 minutes!
Bariatric Postoperative Stage
For the first two weeks after surgery, focus on flexibility exercises, deep breathing and slowly resuming normal daily activities.
· At your first post-op visit with your surgeon, you’ll receive a custom exercise plan based upon your health, age and surgical procedure.
· So long as your recovery is free of complications, gradually begin to incorporate low-intensity aerobic exercise (walking is ideal).
· During the first 4-6 weeks after surgery, no lifting, pulling or pushing over 10 pounds.
Two Months Postop and Beyond
Now your goal is to work toward 30 minutes of continuous exercise 5 days/week.
• Avoid abdominal exercises for 12 weeks postop.
• Strength-training (light weights) exercises are rebuilding muscle.
• Change-up your workouts so your body is continuously challenged (walk around the park today, lift weights at the gym tomorrow and use the elliptical machine the next day.)
After you get into a fitness groove, keep engaged by introducing a wider variety of bariatric fitness options: biking, yoga, swimming, dancing, aerobics, Pilates.
A year after weight loss surgery, you should be able to perform 45 minutes to an hour of exercise five times a week.
Insurance to Prevent Future Weight Gain
A lifelong exercise program is critical to the long-term success of weight loss surgery. If a
physically-active lifestyle has not been adopted, weight gain will likely result.
(Sadly, I have seen this firsthand on more than one occasion).
A commitment to a healthy lifestyle includes working out, regardless of the number you see on the scale.
If you occasionally overindulge, spending extra 10 – 15 minutes exercising will ensure that your metabolism stays elevated and this extra effort will burn more calories.
Lastly, no amount of working out will prevent weight gain if you are consistently overeating.
But by sticking closely to your daily calorie requirements most days, drinking plenty of water and making time for fitness—no matter what–you’ll feel more energized, alert and confident that you’re empowering your body to work for you.
That’s worth just 30 minutes out of your day, isn’t it?
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