As a bariatric surgery patient, you should be familiar with and follow Dr. Mitchell’s “four keys of success”: choose the appropriate bariatric surgery operation, change the way you eat – forever, exercise and take supplements, attend follow-up appointments and support groups. For now, let’s focus on the third key to success: exercise!
A well-rounded exercise program includes both aerobic or cardiovascular exercise such as walking, running, biking, swimming, etc., as well as strength training exercise using body weight, free weights, resistance bands, etc.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends performing moderate aerobic or cardiovascular exercise at least 150 minutes per week (30 minutes 5-6 days a week) and strength training at least two days a week. Choose exercises you enjoy and can incorporate into your schedule. If you’re just starting an exercise program, it’s important to start slow and gradually increase each session in order to prevent injury.
Resistance bands are an affordable and convenient way to start a strength or resistance training program. Learn more about resistance bands and how you can incorporate them into your regular exercise routine.