Are you exercising enough?

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 by Our Team

Are you exercising enough?

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend two and half hours of moderate aerobic exercise or one hour and fifteen minutes of vigorous activity per week. A combination of the two will also do the trick.

In addition, adults should engage in activities like lifting weights or planking twice per week. Both, muscle-strengthening activities and cardio are vital to adult health.

The CDC examined data from more than 450,000 U.S. adults, randomly contacted from each state in the U.S. The CDC found that 80% of adults do not get the recommended 1.25 to 2.5 hours of exercise each week.

Only 20.6% of those randomly selected were exercising the recommended amount. 31% of young adults, ages 18 to 24, reach the recommended weekly amount of exercise, while only 16% of those 65 and older only reach the recommended weekly amount of exercise.

About half of all adults claim they meet the aerobic activity guidelines, while roughly a quarter met the muscle-strengthening components.

Dr. I-Min Lee, Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School, led a group of researchers to examine death statics from 2008. Hypothetically, if inactive people became active, the life expectancy of the world’s population would rise by about 0.7 years.

The researchers concluded inactivity led to about 6% of coronary heart disease cases, about 7% of type 2 diabetes cases, and 10% of breast and colon cancers. Up to 5.3 million deaths were connected to inactivity. To put this statistic into perspective, smoking is responsible for about 5 million deaths.

Inactivity poses many risks; obesity is one of the biggest risks.

Exercise is important to our patients’ bariatric journey!

Bariatric surgery patients, after confirming with their surgeon, can typically begin exercising three to six weeks after their surgery. Walking for 20 to 30 minutes per day after surgery is beneficial. Patients are encouraged to spread it out. Walk 10 minutes in the morning, again in the afternoon, and at night. Start slow and steadily increase your speed as your stamina improves.

Once you reach week six of post-operation, include more vigorous activities: strength, flexibility and endurance.

Creating achievable and realistic exercise goals for bariatrics patients is important. Here are some helpful hints for your post-surgery exercise routine:

  • Start slowly and work your way up. The soreness and fatigue caused by getting too aggressive out of the gate may discourage you.
  • As you lose more and more weight, loose and sagging skin may become irritated. Apply gels to reduce friction, wear supportive clothing, and drink plenty of water.
  • Wear good shoes.
  • Warm up before exercising and cool down afterwards.

Our team at Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics is ready give you the best quality of care and help you determine the best exercise regimen and procedure for you. We offer bariatric procedures including sleeve gastrectomy, LAP-BAND, gastric bypass, and the Obalon Balloon System.

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