5 Tips for Getting Active After Your Bariatric Surgery

Undergoing bariatric surgery is a big step in the right direction when it comes to losing unhealthy pounds, but it shouldn’t be the only one. 

Instituting a regular exercise regimen after your weight-loss surgery can help you lose weight more quickly, recover faster, and improve your overall health long into the future.

Our team here at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona offers a wide range of bariatric surgery options as jumping-off platforms for future health. 

While we can expertly do our part to give you the leg up you need in your weight-loss journey through bariatric surgery, we’re also with you afterward as you reclaim your body and your health.

As part of these efforts, we’ve pulled together the following five tips for getting active after your bariatric surgery.

Move as soon as possible

Our bariatric surgery options range from minimally invasive Lap-Bands® and balloons to more extensive procedures like a duodenal switch. While we urge our patients to get active as quickly as possible after their procedures, your timeline depends on which procedure you undergo.

For example, if we’ve placed our Obalon® balloon system in your stomach, you can start to get active almost immediately. But if we’ve performed open surgery, you may have to wait several weeks or months before getting into exercise.

Rest assured, we let you know when it's safe to get active, but as soon as you receive our greenlight, we urge you to get up and move.

Build gradually

If you led a fairly inactive life before your bariatric surgery, we recommend that you ease into an exercise regimen. 

Start with a nice 10-minute walk around the neighborhood and build up to 15 minutes, then a half an hour, and then an hour. Your goal should be to walk for 60 minutes a day, six times a week.

These simple walks not only burn calories, but they help improve your circulation for faster healing.

Protect your joints

If you had a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 35, you shouldn’t jump back into exercise, and we mean that quite literally. Avoid concussive activities like running and turn to exercises that don’t place too much pressure on your joints, such as swimming or yoga.

Strengthen up

In addition to getting up and moving, you should add some strength training to your regimen. Building muscles accomplishes several key objectives, including:

Aim for two strength-training sessions a week, and wait 48 hours between each.

Don’t overdo it

The goal of exercise is to help you feel better, not wipe you out in the process. You want to increase your heart and breathing rates, but you don’t want to be left panting with a thundering heart. Instead, concentrate on duration and maintain a steady low-to-moderate intensity level.

There are plenty more tips that we can provide you with when it comes to exercising after your weight-loss surgery. Simply contact one of our two clinics in Tempe or our branches in Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona, to learn more.

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