"Springing" into Exercise for the Start of the New Season

Article By: Rachel Ignomirello, MS, RDN, CSOWM, LDN

Rachel Ignomirello is a Bariatric Dietitian and Board-Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management.

Spring is all about fresh starts and so is the journey after Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (MBS). What better time to jump into a new fitness routine? With the weather turning milder and the days stretching out, it's like nature's own invitation to step outside. Everywhere you look, things are blooming and the air's getting that fresh, floral scent — talk about a boost of motivation! It's the perfect backdrop for setting new fitness goals or simply getting back into the groove. So, in the spirit of spring and all things new, let’s dive into some exercise ideas that are just right for anyone stepping out fresh from MBS.

1) Walking. Start your day with a walk through your neighborhood or a visit to local parks. Walking is an excellent starting point for anyone post-surgery — it's gentle on your body but great for boosting stamina and supporting heart health. Begin with short distances, and as you feel more comfortable, gradually increase both your pace and the length of your walks. The simplicity of walking, coupled with spring air and beautiful scenery, offers an ideal combination for those looking to ease into a fitness routine.

2) Cycling. Consider leisurely bicycle rides in the great outdoors for a low-impact yet heart-healthy activity. Cycling can be tailored to fit your current fitness level, allowing for a comfortable reintroduction to regular exercise. The beauty of spring provides an added incentive to get outside, but if you prefer starting off indoors, a stationary bike is an excellent alternative.

3) Swimming. Swimming is a fantastic full-body workout that feels more like fun than exercise. The water's buoyancy minimizes stress on your joints while you build muscle and endurance. Whether you're swimming laps or participating in a water aerobics class, the resistance of the water provides an effective workout. As spring temperatures rise, swimming is also a refreshing way to keep cool.

4) Yoga. Practicing yoga outdoors during spring is a serene experience that can improve flexibility, balance, and mental well-being. The warmth of the sun and a gentle breeze enhance the peacefulness of your practice. Yoga is adaptable, with many poses and sequences that can be modified to accommodate your comfort level and abilities, making it suitable for everyone.

Spring offers a fresh opportunity to gently increase your activity level and set realistic fitness goals after MBS. It's important to listen to your body and acknowledge every achievement, focusing on a sustainable and enjoyable approach to fitness. Consulting with a healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise routine is crucial to ensure it aligns with your recovery. Whether you choose walking, cycling, swimming, or yoga, each activity supports your journey towards health and well-being in the vibrant season of spring. Let's embrace this time of renewal with enthusiasm and optimism.

BariMelts provides general recommendations, not to be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor.

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