Staying Active after Lap Band
If everyone who had a gym membership actually went to the gym the place would be so overcrowded that no one would be able to work out. Not everyone enjoys the gym, and that is perfectly fine! But just because you aren’t heading out to lift weights and use the treadmill doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do any activity at all.
Lap Band surgery is a great tool to help you reach your weight loss goal, and it does a lot to help manage hunger and give you better control over your diet. What it doesn’t do is motivate you to work out, but again, staying active is essential to achieving your ultimate weight loss goal.
There are plenty of ways that you can get active at home, at work, and on the go without having to drop what you are doing and head to the gym. In fact, finding low-intensity workouts that you can do in short bursts throughout the day is actually considered ideal by many weight loss experts, especially following weight loss surgery. This is because low-intensity short workouts can help you burn calories while encouraging your body to fully heal.
Staying Active vs. Working Out
Working out comes with a lot of expectations and a great deal of preparation. Going to work out requires changing into workout clothes, heading to the gym, warming up with stretches and then planning a full set of activities for 30 minutes to an hour before heading home.
Staying active refers to the practice of finding ways to incorporate more activity into the activities you are already doing. You can get more active in whatever clothes you are wearing, and while it is still encouraged that you stretch your muscles and warm-up, you aren’t running as much of a risk of injury with these low-intensity workouts as you may be during a typical workout at the gym.
Working out is great if you are up for it. You can find workouts that are ideal for your current fitness level and make goals to lose weight while improving your strength. But simply staying active can help you achieve both of those feats as well.
You can improve your fitness level by staying active at work, at home, and anywhere else you go by finding ways to incorporate small bursts of activity into your day. Try going for a walk at lunch, sitting on a yoga ball instead of a couch or desk chair, and lifting light weights as you watch TV in the evening. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends about four hours of activity per week to encourage weight loss. The best way to meet this goal after having Lap Band surgery is to start small and work your way into higher intensity levels.
Talk to your weight loss surgeon about the ideal exercises for you after having Lap Band surgery before trying any new workouts on your own.