How to Become More Active*
One of the fundamental healthy habits that you are encouraged to practice as you are trying to lose weight is regular exercise. But if you break it down, even going to the gym for an hour every single day of the week only guarantees activity for one out of 24 hours of the day. What you do with those other 23 hours matters a lot—if not more—than how often you get to the gym.
Being part of a medical weight loss program and having the ongoing support of a weight loss surgeon will help make it easier for you to lose weight by addressing the concern of hunger and providing you with a detailed dietary plan that is designed to help you stay healthy. However, the healthy strategies don’t stop there. One of these steps is increasing your physical activity level throughout the whole day, not just at the gym.
Here are a few tips to help you become more active all day long.
- Give yourself a list of chores to do and get up and active as you get the job done. Try staying off the couch for an hour at a time as you get things done around the house.
- Try working faster to get your heartrate up when you do things like vacuum or sweep
- Get outside and have a go at doing the yardwork yourself instead of hiring help. This will help you save money as well as give you a great workout as you mow the lawn.
- Take the dog for a walk after dinner to help wind down from your day.
- Try propping your computer up a few feet so that you can easily stand and work instead of sitting down all day.
- Keep hand weights around for quick workouts between meetings
- Skip the elevator and take the stairs, and do a few walking laps around the office to deliver messages instead of sending emails
Out and about
- Actually run those errands by moving faster through stores
- Try parking your car one time and walking from store to store
Making these small healthy changes to your daily habits can help you burn more calories every day. Thinking healthy in this way will also keep your weight loss goals fresh on your mind, and will make it more likely that you will remember to prioritize time for your actual workouts whenever possible.
Weight loss surgery provides an opportunity for a new beginning. You’ve tried losing weight before, and those experiences stay with you all the while, but weight loss surgery provides a chance for you to take a new approach at developing a healthier lifestyle—a chance that generally leads to much greater results.
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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.