The eight letter word we all just love to hear. However, it is a word that needs to be a part of every weight loss surgery patient’s vocabulary if long term success is to be had. Here are a few tips to help get you started on your lifelong journey of physical activity!
The best form of exercise…is anything you like to do!
- Walk around your local neighborhood park
- Join a city league softball or kickball team
- Swim laps in a pool
- Morning water aerobics group
- Wall-squats against your bedroom wall
- Play Frisbee with your dog
- Gym machines: elliptical, treadmill, stationary bike
- Take the stairs at work, and not the elevator
- Park far away from your intended destination
- Walk the mall prior to opening for the shopping masses
- Bicep curls with soup cans (3 sets of 10 repetitions)
Keep it fun, Keep it frequent!
The “E” word should not be a temporary fix, like a crash diet. It needs to be a lifestyle that you can maintain for the rest of your life. The intensity of exercise may change with time, but the frequency should not.
The goal? Exercise 5 days a week for 30-45 minutes at a mild to moderate intensity (15-20 minute mile). The dynamic combination of both cardio and weight resistance training is best.
With exercise, a higher intake of water is necessary. Weigh yourself before and after exercise. For every pound lost, 8 ounces (one cup) of H2O needs to be consumed.
You can do it! Have fun!