Trying HIIT after Weight Loss Surgery*

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Finding time to fit in a great workout every day is hard to do. This is why some are turning to tactics that can help you burn more calories in less time. This is the premise of HIIT, or high-intensity interval training. With this type of workout, you don’t need to spend an hour or two working out every day. Spending 20 minutes focusing on your workout is enough to get your heart rate up and give your body the push it needs to keep up with your weight loss goals.

What is HIIT?

HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training, and it is all the hype right now. A study by The American College of Sports Medicine in 2017 rated it as the top fitness trend for 2018, up there with wearable technology and bodyweight training. So if you have never tried HIIT, you may be part of the minority.

This technique requires you to go all-out with your workout for a short, intense burst of exercise, followed by short recovery periods. Following this model gets your heart rate up and helps push your body to burn fat.

Of course, if you haven’t worked out much in the past, jumping right into a HIIT workout can be incredibly difficult—not to mention potentially dangerous. It is smarter to ease your way into physical activity, and there are simple ways that you can get started with HIIT right at home.

Here are a few things you should consider before getting started:

  • What is high intensity for one person isn’t the same as it may be for someone else. Find what is challenging for you, and don’t judge your activity based on what someone else can do.
  • Adjust your high-intensity intervals so they are something you can manage. Don’t push yourself too far, too quick. Try doing the workout for 30 seconds at first, and over time you can build up to one minute, and so forth.
  • Keep yourself surrounded by water and make sure that you are in a safe space where you have plenty of room to move around.

The most important thing to remember when getting started with HIIT is that you need to go at your own pace. If you need to take a break, do so. And of course, talk with your weight loss surgeon before you get started with your workout to make sure that you are ready for this intense of a workout after weight loss surgery.

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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.