Reading Time: 2 minutes In recent years, bariatric surgery has gained recognition not only for its remarkable impact on weight reduction but also for its complex health benefits that extend beyond shedding excess weight.
Embracing Indoor Workouts: A Guide for Bariatric Patients
The transition from outdoor to indoor workouts due to cold weather might seem discouraging, especially for those who’ve embraced the fresh air and more open spaces. However, this shift can lead to a lot more opportunity to try new exercises, particularly for our bariatric community. Let’s explore how to smoothly transition to indoor workouts while prioritising your health after weight loss surgery.
Weatherproof Your Routine
As it starts to get colder and the weather becomes less inviting, it might be time to start the transition. Start it off easy by blending indoor sessions with your usual outdoor workouts. This step-by-step shift can help adjust while maintaining your exercise routine, making it easier to stick to.
Best Indoor Exercises for Bariatric Patients
- Yoga: Embrace the peacefulness of yoga whilst you keep moving. It includes gentle postures to enhance flexibility, which is proven to reduce stress, and support mental and physical strength which is ideal for post-bariatric recovery who may also be looking for emotional benefits.
- Cycling (Stationary Bikes): Stationary cycling offers a low-impact cardiovascular workout, aiding your weight management as well as strengthening leg muscles without strain on joints. This can especially be important if you found yourself cycling outdoors in those warmer months!
- Weight Training: Building strength is essential post-bariatric surgery. Begin with light weights or body weight exercises to gradually strengthen your muscles. Prioritise proper form and controlled movements and remember to focus on your goals!
- Swimming: Indoor pools offer an excellent full-body workout (improving cardiovascular health) and is gentle on the joints.
Stick to Your Schedule: Consistency is Key
Consistency is the key to benefit from your physical activity. Set a workout schedule that fits into your daily routine and treat it as non-negotiable self-care time to live a healthy lifestyle.
Remember, post bariatric surgery, always listen to your body’s signals and consult your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise regimen. Embrace this change is an opportunity to explore new exercises that you may love! However, remember, changing your routine can be daunting, so make sure you don’t add too much pressure to yourself and find fun in your exercise!
Keep moving towards your health and fitness goals!
If you are interested in a gastric procedure such as the gastric band, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass or ESG. You can contact our expert team today and book a free consult with one of our weight loss surgeons.
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