Getting active is a part of your bariatric journey. I want this for you.
I want you to exercise not only to keep you strong and healthy but also for your mental and emotional health. Physical activity plays a huge role in both these aspects.
This is your call.
It’s your call to put together a simple routine that you can seriously stick with for the next 30 days. Don’t tell me you will exercise for an hour 7 days a week. Start small and give me some attainable goals moving forward.
Write down these goals and send them to me in an email. I can help you stay accountable.
What is the best way to get started with an exercise routine?
We have so little time and so many goals. Where do you get started? Where do you find the time? How can you stay motivated?
I want you to get active and stay active. It’s such an important part of your bariatric journey.
There are several steps you can take to get started with an exercise routine:
- Set a goal: Decide what you want to achieve through exercise, such as improving your cardiovascular health, building strength, or losing weight. Having a specific goal will help you stay motivated and focused on your workouts.
- Choose activities you enjoy: Make exercise a habit by choosing activities that you enjoy. This will make it more likely that you will stick with your routine.
- Start small and gradually increase the intensity: If you’re new to exercise, it’s important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity of your workouts over time. This will help you avoid injury and build up your endurance.
- Find a workout buddy: Having a workout partner can help you stay motivated and accountable. Find someone who has similar fitness goals and schedule regular exercise sessions together.
- Mix up your workouts: To prevent boredom and keep your body guessing, try to mix up your workouts by incorporating a variety of different activities, such as strength training, cardio, and flexibility exercises.
- Stay consistent: Consistency is key when it comes to exercise. Aim to exercise at the same time every day, or at least a few times a week, to help make it a habit.
- Don’t be afraid to seek help: If you’re having trouble getting started with an exercise routine, consider working with a personal trainer or exercise coach. They can help you develop a safe and effective workout plan that meets your needs and goals.
Make a plan. Write it down and get started. Choose a start date and always remember that consistency trumps intensity. Start small, but just start. I want this for you.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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