Engaging in cardio exercise before and after bariatric surgery can have numerous health benefits. This is sometimes referred as Zone 2 exercise with a pulse rate of 120-130 beats per minute. Doing cardio directly burns fat rather than glucose stores which is desirable and efficient

Pre-Bariatric Surgery Benefits

  • Enhances Surgical Outcomes:

Regular cardio helps reduce body fat and shrink liver size, which can improve the safety and efficacy of the surgical procedure.

  • Improves Cardiac Health:

Cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart, which can help manage high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease associated with obesity.

  • Increases Lung Capacity:

Cardio activities like walking or cycling enhance lung function, which can be beneficial for surgery and recovery.

  • Boosts Metabolism:

Regular physical activity increases metabolic rate, aiding in faster and more effective weight loss before surgery.

  • Reduces Surgical Risks:

Lowering overall body weight through cardio can decrease the risk of complications during anesthesia and surgery.

  • Enhances Psychological Well-being:

Exercise releases endorphins, improving mood and reducing stress, which is crucial for patients facing major surgery.

Post-Bariatric Surgery Benefits

  • Supports Weight Loss Maintenance:

Cardio exercise helps maintain higher metabolic rates post-surgery, aiding in continued weight loss and prevention of weight regain.

  • Improves Cardiovascular Health:

Regular cardio post-surgery continues to reduce risks of heart diseases and strengthens the cardiovascular system.

  • Increases Insulin Sensitivity:

Exercise after surgery can improve insulin sensitivity, which is especially beneficial for patients with Type 2 diabetes.

  • Promotes Healthy Habits:

Establishing a routine of regular exercise helps in developing a long-term healthy lifestyle, crucial for the success of bariatric surgery.

  • Enhances Mood and Energy Levels:

Regular physical activity helps improve overall mood, reduce depression and anxiety, and boost energy levels, helping individuals adapt to new lifestyles.

  • Improves Physical Functionality: 

As weight decreases, mobility typically increases, making it easier and more comfortable to engage in various physical activities.

Cardio exercises both before and after bariatric surgery are key components of a comprehensive approach to weight loss, contributing to both physical and mental health improvements.

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