Category Archives: Fitness & Exercise

Exercise plays an extremely important role to achieving overall wellness and getting the body you want post-bariatric surgery. We’ll help guide you through a gradually increasing physical activity plan, including setting goals, strength training, dos & dont’s, and more.

Exercise Dos and Don’ts

As you continue with your exercise program, here are some general guidelines to follow and remember: DO …drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise …dress properly …wear well-made shoes appropriate for your activity …breathe when doing strength training DON’T …bounce when you stretch …wear rubber suits to increase sweating …do straight leg sit… Read More »

Aerobic/Cardio Exercise Basics

How to Determine Your Heart Rate Aerobic activities can strengthen your heart. For an activity to be considered ‘aerobic’, it must be performed at an intensity that makes your heart work harder than it normally does. The intensity of an activity can be estimated using your heart rate. Calculate your heart rate in the space… Read More »

Tips for Smart Exercising

Warming Up Every workout should begin with a warm-up. Muscles that are warmed up and stretched, work better and are less likely to be pulled or strained. A warm up should last 5 to 10 minutes. By moving your arms and legs in a slow, rhythmic fashion, your body temperature will rise and your heart… Read More »

Setting Exercise Goals

How to set the right goals for your exercise program after weight loss surgery Throughout this program, you will plan and set exercise goals by completing the activity section of the lessons. Here are a few tips to help you build your goal setting skills. Goals should be your own. If you are trying to achieve… Read More »

The Benefits of Exercise Post-WLS

Exercise for Bariatric Surgery Patients: Why and How The most important reason to exercise is to strengthen your heart. Whenever you exert yourself (even walking upstairs), your heart pumps extra oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Since muscles need oxygen-rich blood in order to contract, the stronger your heart, the stronger your muscles. However, research shows… Read More »

Understanding BMI

Many people know their body mass index, or BMI, as a number, but far fewer understand just what that number means. Contrary to popular wisdom, the index does not measure excess body fat, nor is it a modern invention created in response to increasing average weights. Although it can be an effective tool for understanding… Read More »

5 Trends Seen Seen at a Recent Weight Management Symposium

This symposium coverage was written for Bariatric Choice by bariatric nutritionist Sharon Howard, R.D., who attended. I recently attended 2 days of great speakers at a Weight Management Symposium for dietitians in the weight loss field, including bariatrics. Sessions were filled with discussions on the latest in research-validated weight management treatment, the impact of technology, and… Read More »

7 Things to Ask Yourself When Considering Bariatric Surgery

As you consider the many weight loss surgery options, it’s important to understand that any procedure is just the first step. The key to making it a lifelong success is understanding the personal commitment to change. Sharon Howard R.D., who counsels weight loss surgery patients (pre-op and post-op) in her role at a certified Bariatric Surgery… Read More »