Tips for Exercising After Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Exercise will play an essential role after your gastric sleeve surgery. Not only will gentle exercise help you to recover from the procedure, but in the longer term it will also help you to lose weight and improve your health and mental wellbeing. Here are some tips to help you to exercise effectively after gastric sleeve surgery.
Give Yourself Time to Recover
You won’t be able to exercise much in the first weeks after your gastric sleeve surgery. You will be recovering from the procedure and following a very restricted diet that will reduce your energy levels. However, it is important to get up and move around a little when you can as it will help our recovery.
Take It Slowly
You should gradually increase your activity levels, in terms of the duration and intensity, as your body heals and you become fitter. Don’t put your health at risk and remember that even gentle activity is good for you.
Choose Activities You Enjoy
Try out different types of activity until you find ones that suit you, whether this means exercising outdoors, joining in a more social activity, or even getting a dog to walk.
Get Some Variety
Including several different activities into your exercise routine can keep it interesting. A good combination will include exercises to improve your strength, flexibility, endurance and aerobic health.
Having a specific goal often helps us to stay motivated. It could be as simple as walking to the shops without getting breathless or as serious as participating in a marathon. Choose a realistic goal that motivates you and set small goals along the way if it will take you a while.
Make It Part of Your Routine
It can be easier to stick to it when you have a set routine with specific activities every week. Follow your doctor’s advice on the amount of exercise you do and increase it as you get fitter.
Incorporate Physical Activity Into Everyday Life
Setting aside time to exercise is important, but it can also be a good idea to increase your activity levels throughout the day. For example, you could take regular breaks to move around a bit, work standing up instead of sitting, or put a little extra effort into the housework.