Finding the Right Workout
Exercise isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to weight loss. The best workout for you is the one that you are interested in, and will do every day. Exploring different workouts as you are beginning your weight loss program can help you find a routine that you are interested in, and this can help you stay motivated as you work towards achieving your weight loss goals after bariatric surgery.
When someone says that they don’t like working out, you can pretty much assume immediately that they haven’t explored all of their options yet. A lot of people associate exercise with activities like running or lifting weights, but once you get into the world of physical fitness you’ll realize that there are a lot of different options out there. The best type of work out program for you depends on a lot of personal factors, including how much weight you are trying to lose, what your preferred activity level is and whether you are trying to build muscle or not.
Aerobic activity is a go-to in the world of weight loss and exercise, but not all aerobic activities are the same. Weight-bearing aerobic activities are a great way to build muscle as you burn calories. This includes things like jogging, walking, climbing stairs, playing sports and dancing. Non-weight bearing aerobic activities are also a great way to burn calories and build muscle but are recommended for people with a history of injury or joint problems. This includes activities like swimming, cycling or rowing.
There are also plenty of aerobic classes, from Zumba to Kickboxing, both of which can keep you interested as you push through an hour-long workout.
Then, of course, there is weightlifting. Weightlifting is not just for gym-buffs. People of all ages, shapes, and sizes are surprised by how enjoyable it is to challenge yourself with different weights in different motions. Using weight lifting machines which will guide you through a motion rather than using free weights is a helpful and safe way to get used to weight lifting for those new to the activity.
Knowing the right type of activity for you is the best way to ensure that you can stay healthy and on track with your long-term weight management goals. If you have a history of knee pain or other joint trouble, trying non-weight bearing activities so you aren’t putting too much pressure on your body.
Check in with your weight loss surgery prior to starting any new workout routine to ensure that you are ready for the activity.