Increasing Physical Activity after Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery can absolutely change your life. It is the type of experience that can help you make lasting changes and set off on a healthier lifestyle. But in order for you to experience those positive changes you need to take action.
Physical activity is a crucial component to the formula for success after weight loss surgery. Simply getting surgery will mean nothing if you aren’t willing to make the changes to your diet and lifestyle. If you don’t have a lot of experience with exercise, don’t worry. There are lots of ways that you can get active to support your weight loss goals.
Tips on Getting Active
If you don’t have a strong history with exercise, then you don’t want to jump in to doing too much, too quick. Easing into physical activity gives your body the chance to acclimate and gives you a chance to realize what types of exercise are most enjoyable for you.
Here are a few tips on getting started:
- Make sure that you are staying hydrated! You may not realize how much water you need until it is too late and you are already dehydrated. Stay hydrated from the beginning by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and keeping water close by while you are staying active.
- Get the right clothing from day one. You don’t need to be a professional athlete to appreciate a great set of nicely fitting workout clothes. Your clothes should be loose fitting and comfortable.
- Wear proper footwear. Sneakers and socks are a must, but even beyond that you need to make sure your sneakers are providing you with enough support to keep your feet comfortable through your workout.
A question that many people have is “when is the right time to start exercising?” The answer is simple: now! The earlier you start, the sooner you’ll be feeling the benefits. Research shows that people who start exercising before weight loss surgery are more likely to be successful reaching their long-term weight loss goals following their bariatric procedure.
Once you are fully prepared with all of the right supplies, you need to figure out what your first step is going to be. Walking, swimming and cycling are great workout options that you can do right in your own neighborhood. If you are looking for something more structured, consider trying a workout class at your local gym. Talk to your weight loss doctor for more tips on how to get started easing into activity.