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May 26
2017

Center for Weight Loss Surgery

Low-Impact Workouts to Help You Get Moving

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Low-Impact Workouts to Help You Get Moving

Establishing an exercise routine is an essential part of meeting your long-term weight loss goals and establishing a healthy lifestyle. As you build workouts into your life, it’s important to focus on types of exercise that you will be able to do without injuring yourself.

 

Low-impact workouts are a great way for overweight individuals to get back into exercise. High-impact activities like jogging or aerobics can be hard on many joints—particularly the knees and hips. These activities can lead to injuries, in turn making it very difficult to continue exercising especially for folks with prior injuries or a history of joint pain.

 

As you start exercising, focus on the following low-impact activities that will help you lose weight, improve your cardiovascular health and feel great.

Swimming

Swimming is the lowest-impact workout possible. Because your body is supported by the water, your knees and other joints don’t have to support your weight.

 

There are a couple ways to get into swimming. If you’re not a confident swimmer, you might want to start by attending an adult swim lesson. Check your local YMCA or Parks and Recreation department for lessons in your area.

 

If you don’t need help on your stroke technique, go to open lap swims. And if you need something more structured (and you’re interested in receiving coaching), consider joining a masters’ swim team. These teams have set practice times and coaches that will help you improve your technique.

Water Aerobics

As with swimming, when you do water aerobics your weight is supported by the water, keeping pressure off your joints. The water also provides resistance that helps build muscle tone as you work.

 

Most pools offer water aerobics classes. Having a set class time helps some people follow through with their health and fitness goals because it’s a scheduled part of the day that can’t be postponed.

Walking

Walking is one of the best exercises around. It’s a low-impact activity that’s easy to work into your day. One of the biggest advantages of walking is that you don’t have to go anywhere to start walking and there are no gym or pool fees to pay. Walking with other people can also be a wonderful way to socialize.

 

One pleasant way to work walking into your routine is to schedule an after-dinner walk with your spouse, a neighbor or a friend. Walk around your neighborhood or to a park for half an hour in the evening. Walk as slowly as you need to. Research has shown that obese men and women burn more calories when they walk slower than their normal pace.

 

The only investment you need for walking is a good pair of shoes that will support and cushion your body weight.

Stationary Recumbent Bike

Recumbent bikes allow you to comfortably pedal while your hips and back are well supported. Stationary bikes allow you to read or watch TV while you pedal, which can make the time go faster. If you’re going to a gym, you can also socialize while pedaling.

 

No matter what workout you choose, don’t pressure yourself to exercise for 30 minutes at a time during your first session. Start with manageable, 5-10 minute chunks of time and work up to your target workout length. Starting slowly will help minimize the risk of injury and keep you on track to meet your exercise and health goals.

Join the Center for Weight Loss Surgery in a Healthy Lifestyle this Summer

The Center for Weight Loss Surgery can help you discover a healthier lifestyle outdoors. We assist clients in Seattle, the Eastside, and surrounding areas of Washington, maintain fitness and eating goals after weight loss surgery. We invite you to attend one of our free informational seminars to explore the different surgeries available. Please call us today at (253) 815-7774, toll free (877) 815-7774, or complete our online form, to arrange your consultation!



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