5 Fitness Tips For Bariatric Patients

Postoperative fitness plan for The Bariatric patient.

Many patients ask a common question:
When can I start exercising after my surgery?

Lets keep it simple.

Since all of the surgeries are minimally invasive meaning that
small incisions with minimal pain, one should be ambulatory
immediately after surgery.

So in the recovery room, one hour
after your Gastric Sleeve surgery, you should be up walking
around.

Day 1 Surgery: I encourage patients to walk immediately.
It’s ok to walk up stairs. Just take your time.
First Week: Continue only walking for the first week.
Second Week: You will be starting your second stage diet,
which is the full liquid diet. This will increase your energy. So
you can start faster walking, treadmill, elliptical and very light
weights.

It’s ok to start swimming in a pool once your incisions are
healed.

Three to Four weeks later: By now most people have lost about 20 pounds and energy should be good. Continue to do fast walking, treadmill and elliptical. Continue with light weights and increase as comfort permits. After four weeks you should be on your way. Most patients start joining gyms and slowly increase their workout routines as they see fit. It’s good to see a personal training for a few sessions to learn good basic skills and exercise techniques before moving on to more strenuous activities.

-Bernie Hanna

Five tips from Kelly Drew  ‘Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist’
of The American College of Sports Medicine:

1. Plan a 10 minute walk after meals.
To a busy person, 30 minutes of exercise daily can feel like an eternity.
Where can I find 30 more minutes in my day? But, an extra 10 minutes can
feel much more manageable. A sneaky way of getting someone to do 30
minutes of walking per day is to ask clients to take a 10 minute walk after
each meal. They feel better, tend to eat less, and are meeting the
minimum requirements for exercise and health!

2. Be an early riser.
I like to encourage beginners to set their alarm 30 minutes earlier than they
usually get up. They can take that time to go for a short walk or jog, do
some yoga, or even complete a quick exercise DVD routine. Most people
find that they don’t miss that extra half-hour of sleep, and reap major
rewards for starting the day off active!

3. Choose to be active.
Take the stairs. Park further away. Take the dog for a walk. Walk over and
talk to that coworker instead of sending an email. These choices do add
up, and can help ease people into a more active lifestyle.

4. Make exercise a priority.
If we wait until we have time to exercise, we will never exercise.
Successful exercisers make exercise a priority. Look at the calendar for
the week, and schedule the time that you are going to spend on yourself
each day. If you make an appointment with yourself, you are more likely to
keep that appointment.

5. No one is perfect.
Read that again: no one is perfect. Everyone is allowed to have one bad
day, just make sure that one bad day doesn’t turn into a bad month,
followed by a bad year. Most people think that if they have a bad day or
week, that they have failed and often stop their exercise habit. If beginners
fall off the wagon, encourage them to just jump back on. Consistency is
key! Something is always better than nothing!

Remember that lifestyle change is a process, not a destination!

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