You might want to make sure your bariatric weight loss tool box has room for exercise.
Even a little bit of activity can help you make great strides toward a better you!
If your bariatric doctor gives you the go-ahead to exercise, create an exercise plan and get going. Just don’t overdo it! Don’t worry about having to join a gym if that’s not your thing. There are lots of exercises you can do at home or in your neighborhood without paying for a gym membership. How about starting out with walking? A game of catch with the kids or working around the house or out in the yard, can also raise your heart rate and help with your weight loss.
Once you’ve gotten into an exercise routine, you may want to add weight-bearing activities to help build muscle tone. The more lean muscle you have, the easier it will be to continue to lose weight.
- Keep a journal, and chart your progress. Team up with a friend to help keep you motivated and increase the fun. Set goals. Once you’ve hit your goal, set new ones.
- Get a Fit Bit pedometer or other tool to measure and keep a record of your steps. You’ll be surprised at how quickly they add up! Try to build up to 10,000 steps per day.
- Track your heart rate! It’s easier for bariatric patients to burn calories with less exercise. Your heart rate can keep you working in a fat burning zone to maximize your time. Exercise smarter not harder.
Don’t think of exercise as a chore, but rather as something good you’re doing for yourself. It will help your body and your mind. Studies have shown that getting the blood pumping can help boost your mood!
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