After bariatric surgery, incorporating regular exercise into your routine is just as important as a healthy diet and taking your bariatric vitamins. Exercise is important for both your physical and mental well-being.
Walk To Lose
Eating healthily and taking your bariatric vitamins is going to help your body on the inside, but what are you doing for your body on the outside?
As one of the best low-impact exercises, walking does more than just get you from Point A to Point B. Now that the temperatures are warming up and the days are getting longer, a good walk can be both physically and mentally stimulating.
Start slow, map a route, set a time and walk your way to a healthier you. Walking provides exposure to fresh air, nature and gives you an opportunity to reflect, regenerate and rejuvenate.
Whether you are an individual struggling with obesity, have successfully treated your obesity, know someone who is struggling, or are interested in supporting the fight against obesity, try joining a walking event put on by the ASMBS Foundation’s Walk From Obesity. To find a walking event near you, please visit www.WalkfromObesity.com/events.
The ASMBS Foundation’s Walk from ObesitySM is the only national walkathon that brings attention to the disease of obesity by raising awareness in communities all over the country.
Along with helping you lose weight, walking provides many other benefits, including:
- Walking exercises your brain: Women who walk at a rather easy pace for about two hours per week tend to have significantly better cognitive function and less cognitive decline than women who walk less than 40 minutes per week.
- Walking strengthens your bones: For women in particular, research shows that walking approximately one mile each day increases overall whole-body bone density and also is effective in slowing the rate of bone loss from the legs.
- Walking lifts your spirits: Walk for 30 minutes, three to five times per week for 12 weeks and you will notice a reduction in the symptoms of depression.
- Walking also reduces the risk of several types of cancer, including breast and colon cancer. Many studies have shown that exercise can prevent colon cancer, and even if an individual person develops colon cancer, the benefits of exercise appear to continue both by increasing quality of life and reducing mortality.
Think of walking as a natural source of vitamins. It’s good for your bones, good for your mind and increases your overall zest for life.
To your health!
The Bari Life Team
Improving the health and wellness of bariatric patients around the world.