Embarking on a bariatric journey is a profound commitment to health and well-being. While nutritional choices play a significant role, the synergy between a mindful diet and regular movement is a powerhouse for long-term success. In this blog, let’s explore the importance of “moving more” and how finding joy in physical activity can be a game-changer on your bariatric path.
When we hear the word “exercise,” visions of grueling workouts in a gym might come to mind. However, let’s redefine exercise as any activity that gets you moving and brings you joy. Whether it’s a walk in the park, dancing in your living room, or tending to your garden, the key is finding something you genuinely enjoy.
Tailoring to Your Lifestyle:
The beauty of movement is that it can be tailored to fit your lifestyle. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach. If the thought of a traditional gym setting isn’t appealing, consider integrating movement into your daily routine. A post-dinner stroll, a morning bike ride, or even turning up the music and dancing while cooking—these all count as valuable forms of exercise.
The Mental Health Connection:
Beyond the physical benefits, regular movement is a powerful ally for mental health. It releases endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones, which can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. As a bariatric patient, the holistic approach to well-being is crucial, and exercise plays a significant role in achieving that balance.
Building Consistency, Not Intensity:
Consistency is the key to long-term success. Rather than focusing on intense, sporadic workouts, aim for consistency in your daily movement. It could be a 20-minute walk every day or a weekend hike. Building these habits gradually ensures they become a sustainable part of your lifestyle.
Discovering Joy in Movement:
The most effective form of exercise is the one you enjoy. Experiment with different activities until you find what brings you joy. It might be a dance class, swimming, or practicing yoga. When exercise is enjoyable, it transforms from a chore into a fulfilling part of your day.
Functional Fitness for Daily Living:
Consider exercise as a tool to enhance your daily life. Improved mobility and strength gained through movement contribute to better functionality in your everyday activities. It’s about creating a body that supports you in living your life to the fullest.
Joining group activities or classes can add a social dimension to your exercise routine. Whether it’s a local walking group or a dance class, the sense of community can provide motivation and make the journey more enjoyable.
Celebrating Non-Scale Victories:
As a bariatric patient, victories extend beyond the scale. Celebrate the non-scale victories that come with regular movement—increased energy, improved mood, enhanced flexibility, and the satisfaction of setting and achieving personal fitness goals.
Embracing the Journey:
Moving more is not just about burning calories; it’s about embracing the journey to a healthier, more vibrant life. It’s a celebration of what your body can do and an investment in your long-term well-being.
“Moving More” is a mantra that transcends the conventional notions of exercise. It’s about finding joy in movement, tailoring it to your lifestyle, and celebrating the holistic benefits it brings to your physical and mental well-being. As a bariatric patient, the journey is uniquely yours, and so is the path to a more active and fulfilling life.
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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