Further to our previous feature on exercise:
Benefit #3: Mental Health
Exercise produces endorphins that help you combat anxiety and depression.. Exercising after surgery can help you deal with stress, anxiety, and depression. Exercise creates more blood flow to the brain, breaks the brain’s downward spirals into depression and anxiety, and produces endorphins that help to regulate and improve your mood. According to John Ratay, MD daily exercise has been shown to be as effective at treating depression and anxiety as the medications prescribed by your doctor. Exercise also enhances your brain’s function, your IQ, and prevents age related decline.
How Should I Exercise After Bariatric Surgery?
After surgery, there are three key areas you should focus on when it comes to exercise.
• Strength training
Cardio: Burning Calories and Giving You More Energy
Regular cardio aerobic exercise (or “cardio”) has a lot of benefits. It can give you more energy and help you sleep better. Our bodies are made to move, and getting your blood pumping in a good way can boost your metabolism and energy levels. It can also help you work through anxiety and sleep better.
Cardio also produces endorphins, which can increase your confidence. It strengthens your heart and lungs, increases bone density (which is important to ward off osteoporosis), and also boosts your mental sharpness and ability to focus.
Early after surgery, walking is recommended as it decreases complications and improves your recovery. Eventually, water workouts and swimming can be very good low impact options. Running or hiking are very invigorating outdoor options.