Building A Post Bariatric Exercise Plan

As you gear up to begin a new chapter in your life post your surgery, make exercise an indispensable part of your new life.

Here are some exercises that make up an all-rounded workout program:

Level 1

  • Once you have recovered from your surgery and have the go-ahead from your doctor, you can start off with some low-impact exercises.
  • Walking is the best way to begin. It is simple, cost-free and helps build stamina. Start with a short bout of 10 minutes and slowly build on the time.
  • Exercises like shoulder and arm rotations and leg lifts while sitting on a chair are a great way to mobilize the joints.

Level 2

  • About four weeks after surgery you should be able to increase the difficulty level, subject to your doctor’s approval.
  • Cycling is a great exercise at this stage as it is more challenging than walking but, at the same time it does not risk the joints.
  • Cycle outdoors or if the weather does not permit join a spinning class at the gym.
  • If the incisions have healed completely, you can add swimming to your exercise schedule.
  • Or, join a water aerobics class to add an element of fun and keep the motivation up.

Level 3

  • Once your body has got used to these exercises, it is time to add strength training to the mix.
  • Strength training helps build muscle mass which is effective in burning more calories, strengthening the joints and improving balance and posture.
  • Join a gym to do weight training under professional supervision and guidance.
  • Yoga is also a great way to incorporate strength training in your workout plan.

Remember to start slow and build up gradually at a pace that is right for your body.

Exercise well but most importantly exercise safe!