Start Walking after Obesity Surgery

Surgery offers one way to combat the downward health spiral of obesity, but it is important to remember that obesity surgery in Naples is not a magic bullet. After surgery, it is important for patients to make lifestyle changes, like adopting a better diet and increasing the regularity of exercise routines, in order to maximize the benefits of surgery. Depending on the type of surgery and post-operative recovery, there may also be a restrictive diet to follow.

What Makes Walking Better Than Other Forms of Exercise?

Many surgeons would agree that walking is the best form of exercise following lap-band surgery for numerous reasons. The ability to walk is rarely limited by safety concerns, as it is one of the safest forms of exercise. Just 30-60 minutes of walking at a brisk pace will cause your body to redirect nutrition toward building lean muscle and maintaining strong bones. This will increase weight loss by speeding up the metabolism, which can dramatically lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.

Walking also improves circulatory function, as the repetitive flexing of leg muscles helps blood travel against the pull of gravity. A strong circulatory system aids in stress relief by improving blood flow to the brain. This can also help relieve anxiety and depression, elevate your mood and decrease reliance on pain medicines. Other exercises offer similar benefits, but walking does it while minimizing risk of injury.

How Often and When Should I Walk?

Like any exercise, walking is most beneficial when done regularly. Just how regularly will be most beneficial depends in part on your caloric intake. A nutritionist can help in determining the amount of exercise most beneficial to you. Find a time in your schedule when a daily walk is realistic and stick to your exercise routine.