Getting Enough Exercise at Home
The COVID pandemic has stopped many of us from performing activities in the gym, Pilates or yoga studio or at spin class. Whether the result of closures or being afraid to contract COVID, we likely aren’t losing as much weight as we should. First, it is important to remember that everyone is going through the same thing and second, very few people have been able to get through this very difficult and strange time without experiencing some kind of weight concern. However, while it may seem difficult, you can actually get excellent exercise – at home.
Before figuring out how exactly to make your home workouts most efficient, we have to discuss an important point. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Every patient has a different exercise or activity they enjoy and as such the list in this article is simply a guide and not necessarily endorsing one exercise over the other.
So, What Do We Do?
First, figure out what exercise you want to perform and what muscle groups you’d like to work on. If you were going to the gym before, you may already have a routine and know exactly where you want to take your regimen. For others who may have gone to the gym more sporadically, take a look to see what your postoperative packet tells you about the best post-op exercises. You can use various pieces of furniture and home features to work on your muscles. But just be sure to do it safely to avoid injury.
You can also opt for a home gym. Despite the expense, home gym equipment has advanced to such a degree that it has become more interactive, interesting and engaging than ever before. Exercise bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, even exercise mirrors are all possible options.
Don’t avoid stretches. Deep stretching is not only a great way to get more limber and improve range of motion but can also work out muscles around the entire body. Stretching can reduce stress and calm the mind too.
Some great supplies to get your started at home (please speak to your doctor, trainer or physical therapist about what exercises to perform safely):
- Dumbbell set (5-15 lbs.)
- Medicine balls of varying weights
- Ankle and wrist weights
- Yoga mat
- Resistance bands
- Exercise ball
The bottom line: Remember, cardio is not the only exercise you should be performing. Bodyweight exercises around the home are easy to do and very effective in building muscle which can lead to long-term calorie burn and weight maintenance. Use your home to the fullest to ensure the best outcomes in your post-bariatric surgery life. And don’t forget to diet. Exercise can’t do it alone!!