Exercise for bariatric surgery patients can be one of the biggest hurdles to successful weight loss. Where the physical limitations imposed on the stomach by surgery make dieting easier, exercise can oftentimes be overlooked. Doctors in Tijuana, Mexico, working through the Tijuana Bariatrics network, can provide you with the advice and support you need to maximize and maintain weight loss.

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Why Does Exercise Matter?

Exercise is one of the most reliable methods of losing weight and improving your health. While bariatric surgery has a significant impact on weight loss, an operation alone cannot keep weight off for the long-term. Patients have to support the surgery with other lifestyle changes or they may regain weight.

However, starting an exercise routine right after surgery can be hard. The best way to make it a permanent part of your life is to start before your procedure. The sooner you start exercising on a regular basis, the easier it will be to maintain after surgery.

Starting your exercise routine early also has a number of other benefits:

  • Fewer complications: In general, patients who are in better health report far fewer physical issues after surgery. Improved cardiovascular health boosts the immune system, which supports faster healing.
  • Maximized weight loss: A number of studies have shown that a regular exercise routine is one of the surest ways to predict a successful bariatric surgery.
  • Improved mental health: Oftentimes, regular exercise translates to increased mental sharpness, improved motivation, and greater confidence in your appearance.

How Should I Start Exercising?

If you are not exercising regularly, it is important to start slow. In many cases, excess body weight places greater stress on your joints, which limits how much you can start off with. One of the easiest ways to begin is simply by increasing your overall activity during the day. Simple options include washing dishes by hand, parking farther away from a storefront, or taking the stairs instead of an elevator.

If you are not exercising regularly, it is important to start slow in order to minimize stress on your body.

Even with low-intensity exercises, you can improve your weight loss by keeping a few guidelines in mind:

  • Exercise regularly: Whatever type of exercise works best for you, it is essential that you practice it regularly. Patients should strive to exercise five to six days a week.
  • Emphasize aerobics: Easy to moderate aerobic exercises are one of the most effective types of exercise for weight loss. These activities emphasize endurance over intensity, and examples include walking, running, dancing, and kickboxing.
  • Listen to joint pain: While muscle soreness is expected, joint pain is not. If your joints start to bother you, find ways to modify the exercise so that pressure is decreased.
  • Vary your routine: Though aerobic exercise boosts weight loss, it is important to change up the types of exercise. Every four to six weeks, patients should switch their routine in order to focus on flexibility and strength training, as well.

As you start exercising more regularly, patients should consult their doctors on the best routine for their needs. 

Reset Your Exercise Routine Today

If you are considering bariatric surgery as an option for weight loss, take the first step today. Reach out online or call (800) 308-3607 to learn more about the services available to you.