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5 Low Stress Exercises to Use After Bariatric Surgery June 14 2017, 0 Comments

Once your doctor has cleared you to exercise, you should take the opportunity to get moving as gently as possible to help speed up your progress and help with healing.

Regular exercise after your Bariatric surgery offers you so many benefits, which includes the fact that it will help you with your recovery process. Even if you weren’t active before, your recovery has probably had you lying down for several weeks, so you know it’s time to get started.

Keep your exercise at the low stress level for your post-Bariatric surgery regimen to aid in recovery and keep you safe from harm. Performing safe, low stress exercises is as important as eating nutritiously while creating a caloric deficit for weight loss. Getting the right Bariatric supplements and vitamins will help keep your energy levels up so you can workout regularly.

Some of the benefits of introducing gentle exercise into your regimen include burning extra calories, building muscle as you lose fat to create a strong and attractive body composition, increasing your energy levels, improving your mood, lowering your blood pressure and strengthening your bones and improving your immune system.

Finding the right low stress exercises might feel challenging while you are in the recovery stages, so here are five to get you started on your bold new adventure toward overall great health.

Take a walk

Walking is something you can do without leaving your house, if necessary as you recover. However, as soon as you are able, getting out for walks in the fresh air offer you many benefits.

 

Do house or yard work

Wash the dishes, mow the lawn, do small loads of laundry or even run the vacuum cleaner to get up and start moving with the benefit of getting some housework or lawn chores out of the way.

 

Practice yoga

Borrow a DVD from the library or pull up an online video guiding you through a gentle yoga session to improve balance, strength and flexibility.

 

Go swimming

Such a gentle exercise is perfect for those who are struggling with weight loss, especially after Bariatric surgery. If you can swim, do laps. Another option is to join a water fitness class where you can laugh and have fun with classmates.

 

Hit tennis balls

If you live near tennis courts, ask a friend to go with you and hit balls to one another. You can enjoy each other’s company and take your time retrieving errant balls, but you will still get plenty of gentle exercise.

 

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7 Best iPhone Apps for Your Workout Routine June 13 2017, 0 Comments

After weight loss surgery it is important to maintain a special Bariatric diet with the right vitamins and nutritional supplements to support your new body. It is also important that you create a regular fitness routine that will work for you!

One of the best things you can do to improve your personal fitness is to start using a fitness app on your iPhone. There are a number of excellent apps available. Here is a look at seven of the best fitness apps you can use on your iPhone to help you get in great shape. 

  1. Nexercise
    This is a great app for people who can use a little motivation to work out. Nexercise awards users points for all the physical activity they enter into the app. Users can then use these points to get discounts at retailers as well as gift cards.

 

  1. Nike Training Club
    If you want to get access to a bunch of free workout ideas, there is no better app to download than Nike Training Club. It offers loads of 30 to 45 minute long workouts that are tailored to users’ fitness levels.

 

  1. Fitness Pro
    This is a great app for people who like to workout at the gym. It teaches both beginners and experts alike how to do exercises properly on gym workout equipment. It also tailors individualized workouts for users to help them reach their fitness goals.

 

  1. Zombie, Run!
    Running is one of the most effective forms of exercise, but it can be a real grind for some people. A great way to get around this is to use this app, which turns running workouts into a game set in a zombie apocalypse.

 

  1. Daily Yoga
    More people than ever before are embracing the fitness benefits of yoga. Daily Yoga is an app that teaches users how to do every conceivable yoga pose. It will also guide users through their own personal yoga classes complete with relaxing music.

 

  1. Pump Up
    Cardio workouts are great, but there is nothing like lifting weights to burn fat and gain muscle. One of the best things about this app is that it will tailor workouts for the equipment that users have access to. It has an easy-to-use interface and very helpful animations that show users how to use correct form while they are lifting.

 

  1. Fooducate
    Working out is only half the battle when it comes to fitness. You also have to eat right. Fooducate will help you do this by helping you plan healthy meals. It also has a feature that will create shopping lists to make it easy to buy the healthy ingredients you need for your meals.

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Super Fun Activities That Will Make You Forget You’re Exercising! June 12 2017, 0 Comments


 

Meeting your weight loss goals after surgery means sticking to your diet plan and making sure you get enough exercise! Boring exercise makes it hard to stay motivated to keep in shape. Instead of taxing your patience with unvaried exercise, try one of these activities that will burn calories and feel like a good time! 

Racquetball

A fun, fast paced game is the perfect workout to take your mind off the drudgery of exercise. Even if you can’t move too quickly, it can still help build some hand-eye coordination and fast-twitch muscles in a fun way.  If you are able to move at a quicker pace, the game requires plenty of movement that elevates your heart rate and makes you sweat!

 

Yoga

Yoga is a great way to stretch your muscles and relax at the same time. The poses are very versatile to accommodate a wide variety of skill levels. A good session of yoga will give you a nice workout leave you feeling refreshed and peaceful.

 

Nature Hike

There is nothing better than meeting up with a friend and taking a long hike through a beautiful park or wooded area. A hike can be fast and intense or slow and leisurely, and provide great health benefits with the added bonus of getting in some social time.

 

Pet Play Time

Bonding with your furry friend is good exercise for both you and your dog. Taking a walk provides a great workout, but you can also get more creative. A refreshing swim, a game of Frisbee or an old-fashioned tug of war session will bring you closer to your pet and burn calories at the same time.

 

Landscaping

Playing in the dirt is a wonderful way to relax and move your body. Planting a garden or raking fall leaves allows you to get into the fresh air and get a beautiful landscape at the same time. A half hour of gardening or yard work every week can burn a surprising amount of calories and get your body in shape with very little effort.

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The Best Ways to Prevent Weight Gain Post Bariatric Surgery June 11 2017, 0 Comments


While gaining back a bit of weight is common after a gastric bypass surgery, it’s most likely to happen after you reach your lowest weight. However, there are several things that will help keep you from regaining very little of that weight back if you choose to follow them.

Here are some helpful tips to successfully avoid weight gain post surgery:

 

Lose Weight Before Surgery

It’s important to lose as much weight as possible before getting gastric bypass surgery. Patients who are successful at keeping off at least 50% of their extra weight for more than 10 years post surgery have a much better chance at keeping the weight off for good.

Address Binge Eating Issues Prior to Surgery

Studies show that patients with BED (binge eating disorder) are prone to losing less weight post surgery. That’s why it’s critical to seek proper treatment for BED before getting bariatric surgery so the chances of weight gain after surgery are considerably less.

Closely Follow the Advice of Your Bariatric Doctor

Following the advice of your doctor sounds obvious, but surprisingly, several patients start out following doctors’ orders, but after a year or two they begin to falter. It is especially important to follow a special diet and make sure you are getting the right nutrients. Successful surgeons are experienced and trained in assisting patients in maintaining their desirable weight for the long-term.

Tackle Any Food Urges or Depression

If you’re experiencing any depression or uncontrollable food urges post surgery, immediately contact your bariatric doctor and understand that you’re not alone – it’s common to feel this way after surgery.

Address any Alcohol and Drug Abuse Issues Before Surgery

In order to prevent unwanted weight gain after surgery, it’s crucial to deal with any alcohol and drug issues since they can complicate your overall health. Be prepared that the subject of both alcohol and drugs will be presented in your psychological assessment before getting approved for surgery. Being completely honest in this area will help you in the long run.

Continue Nutritional Counseling

Patients who work with a professional regarding their diet experience better long-term results. A good bariatric doctor will refer you to an expert dietitian or nutritionist. It’s important to note that you should never stop seeing them.

Actively Participate in a Good Support Group

Patients who choose to participate in ongoing support groups experience nearly 10% less overall body mass index than those patients who choose to do it on their own.

Participating certain online forums or groups for weight loss is indeed helpful, but it can’t replace the kind of treatment that a bariatric surgery patient requires in order to maintain the benefits of the surgery over the long-term. In fact, the most successful patients understand that they need in-person or one-on-one support for the remainder of their lives.

 

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