Guest Blogger Kevin T. Chandler, P.T.
Strength training is critical to pre- and post-surgery fitness. There are many reasons to incorporate it into your program. One reason is that it boosts metabolism, which helps you lose weight faster, especially during the initial period following surgery. Also, if you are new to the procedure, building strength before surgery will serve you well in terms of recovery. And strength training causes your heart to pump faster, which increases cardiovascular fitness and helps you burn calories more efficiently.
If you are new to exercise, start slow with lighter weights. You can use cans from your cupboard as weights, and do push-ups against the wall or with your hands on your kitchen counter, if you are able. Take the stairs to build those quadriceps and hamstrings. Invest in our upcoming FABS™ fitness program.
Exercise can be intimidating, particularly if you have never done it or if it’s been a long time since you have. That doesn’t matter. EVERYONE can move their body, and exercise comes in all forms. Some can walk, while others have developed the ability to run or ride a bike. START WHERE YOU ARE, move slowly until you can move faster, and listen to your body. It will tell you when you are doing too much or too little, so you can make the necessary adjustments. Keep in mind that the goal of your program should be to develop a relationship with fitness. That relationship will be your constant companion on your journey, both pre- and post-bariatric surgery, and will follow you for the rest of your life.
You don’t have to belong to a gym in order to strengthen your muscles. As I indicated, household items can be used to get you stronger. For example, a water bottle filled with dirt, sand or marbles can be used as dumbbells. To add weight to that, pour water into the bottle. Sitting in an armchair with your hands on the arms, you can lean forward and try to push yourself until your butt lifts off the chair. You can also use your bodyweight as resistance. Try standing with your back against the wall, hands behind your head, and slide your back down the wall as you bend your knees. Then, straighten your knees as you stand back up, sliding your back up the wall.
There are loads of other tips like those in our upcoming #FABS™ fitness program. FABS™ will help you to begin that relationship with fitness, and will be your coach along the journey. Based on current science and sound fitness principles, FABS™ is like hiring a personal fitness trainer to guide you through your wellness journey. It has been created specifically with YOU in mind, and will get your body moving like never before. We are excited about its much-anticipated arrival, and we know you will be too! Peace and Blessings.