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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!

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.

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