We’ve all done it- you plan to work out, but when the time comes you have an excuse or reason to skip it. Or you just plain forgot. This is an instance where it’s not “the thought that counts.” You actually have to complete the workout, not just think about it for you to reap the rewards.
For weight loss surgery patients, regular workouts may not be a habit you are used to. This can mean that regular life like laundry, chores, or work can easily take priority of this new exercise habit you are still getting used to. But for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients, regular exercise is essential to maximizing your weight loss, strengthening your muscles, and improving your health.
To help our gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band patients incorporate regular exercise into your day to day lives, we compiled a list of 5 clever ways to make sure you never miss another workout.
- Find a workout you love
For some it’s Cross Fit, for others it’s running, or pilates, or kickboxing. Find the workout that you enjoy doing. It may take some time to find the right one, but actually liking your workout is one huge step toward wanting to do it and doing it.
- Don’t go it alone
Planning to workout with a partner or group of friends at a certain time can improve your chances of showing up. No one wants to let a friend down or be the one left out of an event so you’ll be likely to go even if you’re not in the mood.
- Find someone who inspires you
Finding an instructor who makes you feel welcome, knows how to make the experience fun and exciting, and can find ways to push you just beyond your comfort zone can be a huge draw. Not all instructors inspire all people. You have to find the one that you feel best about. If you don’t workout at a gym, find an online mentor or someone who inspires you in different ways. It could be a blogger or vlogger or a person in your neighborhood who you can see getting out there and running despite the weather, or another bariatric weight loss patient you met at one of Dr. Shillingford’s monthly Nutrition Support Meetings. Find someone who makes you say, “I can do this!"
- Find the best time to workout and stick with it
Morning workouts are right for all people. Find the time that fits your schedule best. some, it may be right after work so they can work through the frustrations of the work day. For others it may be right before bed so they can take a shower and then get into cozy pajamas. Maybe while you are doing laundry, or while dinner is baking. You are more likely to workout if you can seamlessly fit it into your schedule.
- Prepare the night before
If you like to workout at night, you don’t have to prepare the night before, just make sure you prepare early. Gather your supplies, pack your bag, fill up your water bottle and keep it ready to go in the fridge. Some people even swear by sleeping in their workout gear to help them fit in early morning routines. Eliminate any obstacles between you and your workout.
If you are trying to lose weight and haven’t been successful despite diet and exercise, bariatric surgery may be an option. Dr. Shillingford, MD, PA has performed over 4,000 bariatric procedures, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery. His weight loss surgery patients come from all over Florida, including Boca Raton, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Naples, Orlando, and Jacksonville, to have their weight loss surgery performed by the Director of Bariatric Surgery at a hospital with a designated Bariatric Center of Excellence. To find out if you are a candidate for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or gastric band surgery, call Dr. Shillingford at (561) 483-8840 today.
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