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Exercising After Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is typically recommended for those who are unsuccessful with conventional weight loss methods. However, it’s not a ‘miracle cure.’

In order to achieve long-term weight loss success, you will need to make changes in your lifestyle, especially after the operation. Aside from changing your eating habits, regular physical activity is highly recommended.

The Benefits of Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery

Exercising after weight loss surgery can provide you with so many benefits, which include:

  • Long-term weight loss
    In one study, it showed that gastric bypass patients who exercise after surgery lose more weight than those who don’t (they lose at least 10-15 lbs). When done in conjuction with healthy eating, regular exercise can help you keep off the lost weight for long.
  • Mental health
    Exercise after weight loss surgery is also recommended because of its mood-boosting effect. During exercise, feel good hormones called endorphins are released, helping you ward off feelings of isolation or sadness (it’s common to feel isolated after weight loss surgery).
  • Empowerment
    If you stay consistent with exercise, you will notice improvement in different areas of your life. You feel more energized and in the long run, this will help you do the things you wanted to do, be it to join a marathon or go hiking.

 

What Type of Exercise is Okay?

For optimal benefits, it is recommended to focus on these different types of exercise:

  • Cardio
    Aerobic exercises can get your heart pumping, give you more energy, and help you sleep better. Walking and swimming are some of the low impact cardio exercises you can do after weight loss surgery.
  • Strength Training
    You need strength training to maintain your lean muscle mass. Maintaining muscle mass is important to keep your body’s calorie-burning engine going. Strength training is also great for keeping your bones strong.
  • Flexibility
    Flexibility training can help you better manage your soreness or feeling of tightness after a workout. Incorporating flexibility training in your routine can also help in preventing injuries.

Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons in Knoxville are dedicated to being a part of your journey from start to finish. If you have any questions about life after weight loss surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Considering bariatric surgery? We offer both live and online seminars. Learn more by visiting our Bariatric Seminar page.

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