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The Importance of Exercise as You Progress After Weight Loss Surgery

Posted at 4:59 PM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 18:59:02-05

Most people would agree that exercise is a major part of a healthy lifestyle. For weight loss, the combination of healthy eating and exercise can yield the desired results. However, in some cases, lifestyle changes are not enough and surgical treatment options may be on the table. Although bariatric surgery has the potential to treat obesity and other comorbidities, exercise should also be a part of the weight-loss program, even before surgery takes place.
Exercise before bariatric surgery
Beginning a light exercise routine six months to one year before bariatric surgery can help the body adjust to exercise after surgery. It is important to speak to your doctor about the right exercises for you.

  • Short walks
  • Marching in place while sitting in chair
  • Resistance training with small weights

Exercise after bariatric surgery
When a person rapidly loses weight, it is common to lose muscle mass. After you have recovered from bariatric surgery, it is important to begin to incorporate strength-training and aerobic exercises into your weekly routine.

  • Leg exercises while sitting
  • Water aerobics
  • Strength training
  • Yoga
  • Brisk walks
  • Riding a stationary bike
  • Stair climbing

Before starting an exercise program after bariatric surgery, speak with your doctor or physical therapist about recommended exercises and intensity levels. The first few weeks after surgery should include low impact exercises and strength training, building up to aerobics and cardio a few months after surgery.