How Much Should I Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery?

How Much Should I Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery?

It’s easy to be drawn in by the success rates of bariatric surgery. Many patients lose 30-50% of their excess weight in the first six months after surgery and 77% of excess weight at the 12-month mark. 

But don’t be lulled into thinking that weight loss surgery is a simple one-and-done effort and that all you need to do is sit back and reap the rewards. Exercise and diet play key roles in helping you to achieve your goals, which not only include weight loss, but improved health and wellness.

As bariatric specialists, our team here at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona understands that weight loss surgery serves as an excellent leg-up in the battle against obesity, but your work doesn’t end when you leave our operating room — and neither does our help.

Through our weight management services, we can help you design a post-operative program that will garner the best results. At the heart of this program is exercise and diet. We’re going to focus on exercise in this post.

Exercise before your surgery

In most cases, we recommend getting started on an exercise regimen before your surgery, which can help give your health a boost before the procedure. 

We understand that carrying extra weight can make exercise difficult, but any effort you make is well worth your while. 

For example, even if you’re getting out and taking a few laps around the block at a walking pace, you’re not just improving your pre-surgical health. You’re laying a solid foundation for after your bariatric surgery.

Immediately after your surgery

Bariatric surgery is just that — surgery — which means you need to take it easy for a few days after your procedure. That said, we use the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques — laparoscopy — when we perform most weight loss surgeries, which greatly reduces your recovery time.

We also want you to consider that early ambulation after surgery helps you to recover more quickly and decreases your risks for complications. What we mean by early ambulation is simply getting up and moving around, which can help your body’s healing resources to flow more freely.

Once you’re comfortable walking around, we recommend that you build on this success by going for longer walks during the first week or two after surgery.

At about the two- or three-week mark, most of our patients are recovered enough that they can begin to exercise more purposefully.

Integrating exercise into your routine

Once you feel comfortable that you can move freely without encountering any post-surgical discomfort, we help you devise an exercise regimen upon which you can build.

Our goals in getting you to exercise after your weight loss surgery include:

As if these goals weren’t enough, exercise after bariatric surgery helps you shed the weight more quickly and, more importantly, keep it off.

What your exercise program may look like would be hard to say here because we tailor these regimens to your unique circumstances and lifestyle. We can say that we recommend equal parts strength-building and aerobic exercise, which is the best combination for weight loss and improving your health.

It’s also important to strike a balance. You don’t want to exercise too much, because doing so can leave you fatigued and hungry. Instead, we design programs that provide you with more energy, which makes exercising easier as you go.

If you have questions about exercising after weight loss surgery, please contact one of our locations in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona.

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