Running after Weight Loss Surgery
Running is one exercise that everyone has an opinion on. You either hate it or you love it, sometimes both, but rarely in between. There are many people who think that they hate running simply because they think that they can’t run, that their body isn’t suited for running and so there is no point in trying to become a runner. However, running is an ideal form of exercise that is absolutely great for your heart health, and according to recent studies can actually directly improve your life expectancy. So, with this in mind, it is worth it to figure out how running can be incorporated into your own exercise routine.
After having weight loss surgery it is recommended that you consult your doctor before starting any new workout routine. You need to ensure that your body is ready for the activity and that you are properly healed from your bariatric procedure before you start trying to hit the pavement. But once your surgeon clears you for physical activity, there is no reason not to push yourself to become a healthier version of you.
The trick to getting started with running is to start slow. You won’t be running a marathon your first day out there, and so there is no reason to put that sort of high expectation on your shoulders.
Keep the following strategies in mind as you get started:
- Make sure that you are wearing appropriate clothing. You need loose fitting clothes that are moisture wicking, and sneakers that are supportive. Attempting to run without any of this will make the entire experience more difficult.
- Bring along your headphones and something you enjoy listening to. A lot of people opt to listen to upbeat music, but if you aren’t too into music then try downloading an audiobook or listening to a podcast that will captivate your attention.
- Stay hydrated! A lot of people who are just getting started with running, and even many experienced runners opt to carry a water bottle with them so that they can take sips of water as needed during their excursion.
Staying active after weight loss surgery is absolutely essential to helping you stay fit and healthy long-term. Weight loss surgery is going to help you start losing weight at a faster pace than you would be capable of on your own, but you still need to find ways to improve your health habits. If you decide to try running as a form of exercise, start slow and figure out a pace that makes it an enjoyable experience for you.