Exercise is an important component in the long-term outcomes of a bariatric surgery patient. It will help you not only attain your weight loss goal but also maintain it. Exercise can increase metabolism, or how many calories you burn in a day. It can also help you maintain and increase lean body mass, which also helps increase the number of calories you burn each day. Exercise is a planned, structured, and repetitive activity to improve or maintain physical fitness. Physical activity is any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. Physical inactivity is one of the leading risk factors for non-communicable disease mortality. Insufficiently active people have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to sufficiently active people. Obesity is a growing epidemic in our nation. The change starts with us.

Every new day is a chance to change your life; Exercise every day – Keep Obesity Away

Types of Exercise


Aerobic activities make you breathe harder and make your heart and blood vessels healthier. These include:

• Walking

• Dancing

• Swimming

• Jogging and running

• Bicycle riding (stationary or on a path)

• Some gardening activities, such as raking and pushing a lawn mower

• Tennis

• Golfing (without a cart)


Flexibility-enhancing activities ensure a good range of motion in the joints. Must do pre and post-exercise.

• Stretching

• Yoga

Muscle Strengthening

Muscle-strengthening activities build up your strength. These activities work all the different parts of the body—legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms and include:

• Heavy gardening (digging, shoveling)

• Lifting weights

• Push-ups on the floor or against the wall

• Sit-ups

• Working with resistance bands (long, wide rubber strips that stretch)

• Pilates