Stay Hydrated for an Optimal Workout


Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. This is something you’ve likely been told many times, and following weight loss surgery you may need to make an adjustment to your regular lifestyle to accommodate more time for physical activity. But there is more to becoming physically fit than simply making time in your schedule for a good workout.

Weight loss surgery is a great opportunity to re-evaluate your habits and to make changes to your lifestyle that will help you become healthier in the long-run. Exercise can be an important part of that equation, but before you head to the gym, you need to make sure that you are ready for the challenge. First, talk to your weight loss surgeon to make sure that you are physically ready to start working out after your bariatric procedure. Then, make sure that you’ve been drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated.

Preventing Dehydration

Dehydration is a medical issue that can occur when the body isn’t receiving enough fluids. This is a particular risk following weight loss surgery for several reasons:

  1. Following weight loss surgery you need to limit how many fluid ounces you consume at one time
  2. Following weight loss surgery you need to work out to meet your weight loss goals, and this requires you to increase your fluid intake.

If you are not someone who is used to drinking water throughout the day, then you are not alone. However, as you cut out sugary drinks like juices and sodas from your diet after weight loss surgery, you need to make a habit of consuming more water.

You can prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water regularly. Increase your fluid intake if you begin to experience any of the signs of symptoms of dehydration.

Symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Dry mouth

The best way to do this is to keep a water bottle with you throughout the day and to take small sips regularly, consuming water one ounce at a time so that you are always ahead of the game.

Drinking water throughout the day in this way will help your body be ready to go when it comes time to work out. During your workout, you ought to also keep that water bottle close by and take regular breaks to ensure you are getting enough fluid as you work up a sweat.