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Those who exercise regularly following weight-loss surgery not only lose more weight and keep it off longer — but are also happier and healthier. Learn how to develop an exercise plan that meets your needs and helps you achieve your weight-loss goals after bariatric surgery. 

Aquatic exercise great for LAP-BAND patients

For LAP-BAND patients and others looking for a fun, low-impact workout, taking aquatic exercises classes or doing the exercises alone in a pool can be a great solution. Along with providing an aerobic cardio workout, aquatic exercise may also ease the symptoms of arthritis and joint pain while increasing muscle relaxation and blood circulation.

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Daylight energizes the body for weight loss

Daylight Saving Time and the arrival of spring means the beginning of warmer weather and more hours of sunlight. Studies have shown that most people tend to be more energetic and exercise more often throughout spring, summer, and the beginning of fall as a result of having extra daylight hours.

On the other hand, winter tends to keep more people sedentary and indoors. Not only do Americans generally celebrate the holidays by eating more throughout the season, but most regions of the U.S. are cold, snowy, and wet -- which can make getting out of the house to exercise difficult and undesirable.

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How to shake up your winter workouts

Finding the motivation to work out during the winter season can be difficult, especially when your exercise options are limited, and the cold, snowy weather has you wanting to stay home and curl up on the couch under a blanket. Even if you’re pumped up and ready to go for a run or to the gym, poor weather conditions can make it nearly impossible for you to leave the house and go anywhere.

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Minimize your risk for getting sick at the gym

Shortly into the New Year or after your weight-loss surgery, getting sick at the gym or at your workout spot can really have an impact on your workout groove. Before you know it, that cold or flu could result in your having to take several days off from exercise, which can make it harder for you to find the motivation to get back into your fitness routine.

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Starting a walking program

If you aren't used to exercising regularly, it can be overwhelming just figuring out where to start. Gyms can be intimidating, and home workout equipment is often expensive.

Some bandsters will admit that they hate exercising and just don't do it. While some people may be able to reach their target weight without implementing a regular exercise program, those who do exercise will be more successful than those who don't. And, exercise has many benefits that go beyond weight loss - exercise boosts your mood and your energy levels, lowers your risk of chronic disease, increases your life expectancy, promotes better sleep, and reduces stress.

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