Strength training is critical post-surgery and one of the most important activities you can engage in to lower and maintain your weight levels. It will define and tone your muscles and increase your overall strength abilities, and has many additional benefits.
1. Strength training will help you change your body’s ability to burn calories – It is well-settled that strength training helps you to lose weight. In addition, it turns out that strengthening your muscles will help you maintain weight loss as well, by increasing your resting metabolism by as much as 15 percent. Studies reveal that participants who followed a strength training regimen 3 times a week increased the amount of calories they burned engaging in activities of daily living in addition to the calories they burned while exercising.
2. Strength training makes you stronger and generally more fit – Strength training is also called resistance training because your muscles get stronger by pushing and pulling against a resisting force. More strength means you’ll be able to accomplish your daily activities with greater ease, and you’ll be less prone to injury.
3. Strength training protects bone health and muscle mass. – After puberty, whether you are a man or a woman, you begin to lose about 1 percent of your bone and muscle strength every year. So as we get older, it becomes increasingly important for us to increase our bone density. In addition, bariatric surgery increases the incidence of bone mass loss, so it is imperative that people who have had such surgery strengthen the integrity of their skeletal structure.
4. Strength training increases body awareness, movement and postural alignment – In addition to making your muscles work and look better, strength training will improve your balance, coordination and posture. As we get older, the likelihood of falling increases by as much as 40 percent. So as you continue to lose weight, strength training will allow you adjust to your new body better, cause you to stand up straighter, and avoid trips and falls.
5. Strength training helps us prevent diseases – Results from numerous studies conclude the same thing: Regular strength training wards off disease and improves pre-existing health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, gastrointestinal issues and many more.
6. Strength training gives us more energy and makes us feel better – Strength training causes an increase our endorphin levels, which generally puts us in a better mood. It also lowers depression levels, and allows us to sleep better and improve your chances at warding off regain.