Getting Creative with Post-Bariatric Exercise
Becoming more active through regular exercise is a core component of your post-bariatric weight loss program. While you already know this to be true, it doesn’t change that fact that many people have trouble making it happen. Finding time to work-out regularly is tough enough. Finding the time to work out becomes even harder if you are one of the millions of Americans who simply don’t enjoy exercising.
Before you write off exercise altogether, it might surprise you to learn that there are ways to make workouts fun. You don’t need to change your attitude about working out—you need to change your approach. Walking miles on a treadmill or spotting a sweaty man at the gym as he lifts weights might not be your cup of tea, and it doesn’t have to be. There are as many ways to get in shape as there are shapes of people.
Here are a few creative strategies that you can use to add a little bit of fun into your workout:
- Use a deck of cards to mix things up. This is a strategy that many fitness experts even use to keep their own workouts interesting. Put a different workout on each card and at the beginning of your workout, pull a few cards off the deck. Maybe do a five-card workout on weeknights and a 10-card workout on weekends, just to start. Each card will have you do something different. By shuffling the cards and making a variety of activities you’ll never know what comes next. This will keep you from growing bored too easily with your workouts.
- Popsicle sticks can form a daily to-do list. Instead of attempting to take on your workout all at once, try the all-day approach by putting together a complete daily workout in small steps on a series of Popsicle sticks. Put all the Popsicle sticks in one cup in the morning, and as the day goes on pull a stick and do the activity, then put it in a second cup. Make a goal to get through all the sticks by the end of the day. This is a great way to keep active at the office. Each stick can have something as simple as a two minute walk or to walk up and down the stairs. Add in a few stretching exercises, as well!
If you are having trouble getting motivated to workout, try finding a friend who would be willing to get active with you. Make fitness goals together and challenge each other to reach new heights by staying accountable for one another. Sometimes making fitness social is the exact boost you need to get out more.