After you’ve been cleared by your bariatric surgeon to lift and workout after your gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery, exercise should be something you incorporate into your lifestyle in order to maximize your weight loss. When you are able to incorporate strength training into your routine, consider adding resistance bands to amp up your workout.
Resistance bands are strong, thin rubber bands (often with handles) that come in a variety of resistance levels. If you’ve never tried them, we’ve got 5 good reasons to give them a try:
- They are cost effective- Some resistance bands can be purchased for under $10, making them quite affordable especially compared to the cost of fitness classes, gym memberships, sneakers, or even workout clothes.
- They work for a variety of fitness levels- Beginners to fitness experts can all benefit from the addition of resistance bands. They come in different strengths, from light to medium to heavy. This can allow you to increase the resistance of your moves as you become stronger without having to learn new skills.
- They travel well- For people who like to workout outside, at the office, or while they travel, resistance bands are easy to take along. They are simple enough to toss into a shoulder bag or carry on.
- You can use them safely on your own- It’s hard to do some strength training without a partner for safety reasons, but resistance bands can be used easily even when you’re alone. In fact, for some gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or gastric band patients being able to use them alone in the privacy of their own home is precisely the reason they use them.
- They offer an effective workout- Not only are they easy to use and incorporate into your strength training workout, but resistance bands help make your workout more effective. By challenging your muscles more while doing the same moves, you will burn more calories and get stronger faster when using resistance bands than without. You can boost your stamina, improve muscle tone, balance, flexibility, and range of motion by incorporating resistance bands into your workout routine after weight loss surgery.
Dr. Shillingford, MD, PA encourages all of his gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients to incorporate exercise into their post bariatric surgery after they have been cleared to safely to do. Many of Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients reside in local areas, such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Parkland, and Wellington, but many come from farther distances, such as Orlando, Jacksonville, Texas, New York, and Michigan. Inevitably, the weather won’t be cooperating for some of his patients at any given time, and having a way of strength training and exercising at home is a good idea. Exercise is critical to maximizing your weight loss efforts, improving blood sugar, reducing blood pressure, and managing stress levels.