Physical Activity Prior To Your Surgery
Getting into a routine is very important for the weight loss process. Be sure to consult with your primary care physician (PCP) before engaging in physical activity especially if you have any medical conditions.
Along with eating healthy, exercise needs to be a component of your overall life changes.
Some of the health benefits of exercising are that it: relieves stress & improves mood, self-esteem, cognitive fun & functional health. Physical activity may also minimize the loss of lean body mass (muscle) during weight loss.
Believe it or not, exercising doesn’t mean you have to join a gym! But, you do need to set aside time daily to at least get a walk in.
Your Physical Activity Guideline after Surgery
(When cleared by your surgeon)
Make sure to discuss with your surgeon when it is safe for you to begin your exercise regimen. Most patients are able to start walking outdoors 1 week after surgery.
- Moderate PA= Walking (20 minutes/mile), ballroom dancing, double tennis, biking 10 MPH, general gardening.
- Intermediate PA= Power Walking (35-40 mins)
- Vigorous PA = Racing walking, jogging running, singles tennis, aerobic dancing, biking > 10 MPH, heavy gardening
YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO TALK EASILY.
Generally, 2 weeks after surgery you can start increasing the amount of time and the pace you are walking and or exercising. Before starting to incorporate weights into your exercise regimen make sure that you have been completely cleared and given the OK by your surgeon. Incorporating weights too soon may cause injury, it is always best to consult with your doctor if you are unsure of the weight limit you are allowed to lift. Another key thing is to listen to your body, if something hurts or does not feel right do not hesitate to stop and contact your doctor for advice. Below is a link to the exercise log to help you keep track of what you are doing on a daily basis. You may also go online to print a printable log you do not have to use the one listed. Some patients also choose to use an app on their phone.
Click here to download our exercise log