Whilst we appreciate that it is difficult to exercise when you are heavier than you would like, it is still one of the best ways to achieve your weight loss goals. Pressure on knee and hip joints, caused by carrying extra weight, puts those joints under great strain which can result in inflammation and eventually arthritis. Many people feel that it is best to avoid exercise when they have arthritis. This is simply not the case. It is important to keep as mobile as possible, for as long as possible.
Before we recommend any exercise regime, we will liaise with your GP to check that they have no concerns about you doing so. Only on very rare occasions will GP’s prefer that you avoid exercise completely.
Once you feel up to it, and with your doctor’s permission, you can begin some simple exercises to help you get back into shape after surgery. This may only mean walking for 10 minutes a day and doing simple chair exercises. Eventually we would expect that you will be able to train with light weights. This helps you sculpt your body and burn fat at the same time. Our specialist bariatric exercise programme is designed to help you tone up as quickly and safely as possible.
Exercise and Insulin Resistance
Exercising regularly can help stabilise your blood sugar levels, while helping you build muscle and burn fat. Building muscle helps you manage your blood sugar as it makes your body more sensitive to insulin. Many people worry that weight training will add bulk but this is simply not true. Done correctly, training with weights can help you burn fat and excess sugar, while increasing your strength, and reducing your risk of age related muscle loss.