Exercise is critical after weight loss surgery to help you achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Benefits of Exercise
The benefits of exercise are endless, including:
- Increases metabolism of fat (basal metabolic rate)
- Increases muscular endurance and strength
- Improves balance and coordination
- Prevents decline in bone density
- Increases energy
- Improves sleep patterns
- Helps regulate blood sugar
- Keeps the mind in shape
- Prevents decline in immune response
- Improves self-image and self-confidence
- Improves lipid profile
- Reduces stress, tension, anxiety, and depression
- Can help in giving up less desirable habits
- Feels good!
- AND MANY MORE!
Using Your Mindset to Maintain Your Exercise Habits
No doubt, it can be challenging to maintain a regular exercise routine. We come up with many reasons and negative thoughts – pitfalls – that keep us from a healthful routine. Don’t let them stop you! Remember these rebuttals and believe in yourself.
Pitfall 1: “I just don’t have the time.”
- Make it a priority
- Schedule time in your daily planner just like everything else.
- Ask yourself: “Do I have time to recover from a heart attack (stroke, cancer, etc.)?”
- Analyze your daily routine – are there things, such as television viewing, that exercise can substitute?
- Break the exercise into two or three 10- or 15-minute increments.
Pitfall 2: “I don’t have the motivation to exercise.”
- Try to find ways to sneak enjoyable physical activities into your life.
- Find a partner.
- Read about exercise.
- Use a regular affirmation: “Exercise is great for my health and prevention of disease!” or “Exercise makes me feel good about myself and I’m worth it!”
Pitfall 3: “I can’t exercise regularly, so why should I bother?”
- Remember, “A single bout of moderate intensity walking for 30 to 40 minutes will lower elevated blood sugar, triglycerides, and blood pressure.” Every workout counts!
Pitfall 4: “It’s too hard and it will hurt.”
- Easier efforts for a longer duration are as effective at reducing the risk of heart disease to the same degree of vigorous intensity.
- Proper warm up/cool down will help you to work at higher intensities.
- It gets easier if you are regular with your workouts.