Your bariatric surgeon or some other member of your bariatric treatment team will recommend a program of exercising after bariatric surgery as part of your aftercare. Such an exercise program may have been developed even prior to your weight loss surgery. Before you begin exercising after bariatric surgery, speak with your doctor and your nutritionist to determine how to best proceed.
Cardiovascular exercises will probably be recommended as part of your fitness program.
How Cardiovascular Exercising after Bariatric Surgery Helps Weight Loss
The premise for cardiovascular exercise after bariatric surgery is pretty straightforward: When you burn more calories than you eat you lose weight.
Exercises should be done at a specific intensity level. A target heart rate calculator can determine your optimum heart range, and a professional should be consulted before you start your program. When the proper intensity level is determined, you can begin.
When your stamina improves, you can increase the intensity of your workout with the permission of your doctor. Changes in intensity burns more calories.
Follow your bariatric diet plan. The amount of food you eat does not need to be compromised. If you are burning calories at an appropriate level there is no need to further reduce the amount you eat.
If you advance to strength training, your workouts should be restricted to every other day because your muscles will need a day to recover. Cardio exercises can be done daily or almost daily with less worry about injury. Those who have joint damage and other mobility concerns need to be more careful.
Guidelines for Calorie Burn
Impact exercises are exercises that involve some degree of impact such as walking. They will increase heart rate more quickly than non-impact exercises.
High impact exercises are those exercises that require running or jumping. More calories are burned using high impact exercises than using low impact exercises.
Some examples of calorie burn for a 150 pound person using only low impact or impact exercises are 238 calories burned on a stationary bike in thirty minutes, 270 calories burned swimming, and 170 calories burned walking.
Cardiovascular Exercising after Bariatric Surgery
Walking is one of the cardio exercises most recommended. It is inexpensive and effective. Gradually build to the American College of Sports Medicine’s recommendation for aerobic exercise of 45 to 60 minutes per day, 5 to 7 days per week. Start slowly and meet the recommendations if you are able. If not, give an effort and do what you reasonably can.
Swimming is another exercise frequently recommended as an exercise after bariatric surgery. Swimming burns calories without straining joints. Even just walking or bobbing in water has dividends. This can be a good option for weight loss surgery patients because much of the body weight is lifted by the water.
Cycling is also a good option. You can bike around the neighborhood or ride a stationary bike indoors. Both will get results. Each increases heart rate, and the impact on joints is minimal.
Cardiovascular steppers also provide a good workout when exercising after bariatric surgery. They are low impact devices if used correctly. The resistance level can be manipulated for building leg strength or for cardiovascular fitness.
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