Exercise after Bariatric Surgery
After bariatric surgery, patients should plan on committing to a consistent exercise routine to maximize weight loss and improve overall health. Bariatric surgeon Jacqueline Osuna, serving Guadalajara and Tijuana, MX, can help you develop a plan for exercise after bariatric surgery that keeps you looking and feeling your best.
The Benefits of Exercise
The key benefit of exercise is helping you achieve and maintain a healthy weight following bariatric surgery. Fortunately, regular exercise affords other life-improving benefits as well, including:
Losing Fat & Retaining Muscle
Bariatric patients often lose muscle mass following their surgery. Exercise can safely and effectively counteract this effect by helping patients lose the right kind of weight - fat - while strengthening muscle tissue. Maintaining a lean body mass through exercise is critical to maintaining a healthy metabolism and facilitating long-term weight loss.
Improved Energy & Wellbeing
Exercise can also boost energy levels. Regular exercise strengthens the heart and circulatory system for improved endurance. It also enhances the immune system. Those who regularly exercise may also experience an increase in bone mass. Regular exercise can also help control blood sugar levels, regulate blood pressure, and prevent cancer.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
The period following bariatric surgery can be challenging. Healing from surgery, adjusting to post-surgical dietary restrictions, and confronting the emotional wounds associated with obesity are often difficult. An effective antidote to stress, anxiety, and depression is exercise. During exercise, our bodies release endorphins that reduce stress and pain while elevating mood.
How Should I Exercise?
If you do not exercise, or want to increase your exercise, it is best to start gradually. Increasing your activity level too quickly can place you at risk for injury.
Finding ways to increase your activity level during everyday tasks is one simple way to start. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking farther away from your place of work to encourage walking are two examples of ways to gradually introduce regular exercise.
Dr. Osuna and her team can develop a post-bariatric surgery exercise plan for you focusing on three areas:
Aerobic exercise raises your heart rate. In regular intervals, this exercise can improve the efficiency of your lungs, help you sleep better, and afford other health benefits. It also burns calories. The number of calories burned will depend on the nature of the exercise, its intensity, and your body weight. Walking, jogging, cycling, dancing, and kickboxing are all examples of aerobic exercise.
Strength training helps to maintain your muscle mass. Activities like lifting weights and circuit training increase your overall strength.
Flexibility helps to avoid injury and reduce soreness. Be careful to start slowly and steadily when stretching, especially if your body is not warmed up, to avoid straining or pulling a muscle.
Start Your Exercise Routine Today
Dr. Osuna is dedicated to helping you achieve excellent long-term benefits through bariatric surgery and healthy lifestyle changes. To learn more about how she can help you start and maintain an exciting new chapter of health in your life, please contact us online or call one of our offices.
“My experience with Dr. Osuna and her staff was better than I could have imagined. She was absolutely amazing...The city was beautiful and safe, the hospital was beautiful and clean, the staff were great, I could not have asked for more.” Natalie P.