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Physical Activity and
Weight Loss

Learn How to Maintain
Your Weight Loss

Take a look at these tips for physical activity and weight loss from Bariatric Endoscopy Tampa Bay.

Physical activity is important, along with a proper diet and your weight loss procedure, in attaining and maintaining a healthy weight. You should aim to be physically active for 60 minutes daily. The activity does not need to be done all at one time and can consist of routine activities, in addition to formal exercise in a gym. Wait at least two hours after eating before you start exercising to avoid indigestion.

Learn How to Maintain Your
Weight Loss

Take a look at these tips for physical activity and weight loss from Bariatric Endoscopy Tampa Bay.

Physical activity is important, along with a proper diet and your weight loss procedure, in attaining and maintaining a healthy weight. You should aim to be physically active for 60 minutes daily. The activity does not need to be done all at one time and can consist of routine activities, in addition to formal exercise in a gym. Wait at least two hours after eating before you start exercising to avoid indigestion.

Play it Safe

If you have problems moving, staying steady on your feet, or get short of breath easily, talk to your physician before starting an exercise program. If you smoke, are diabetic, or are over the age of 40, it may be prudent to get a stress test before starting strenuous physical activity. If you have been inactive, start slowly, don’t do too much all at once. If you don’t feel well, stop or reduce your activity. If you have any of these alarm signs, seek help immediately:

  • Pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest, neck, or arm
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting

The following are some suggested activities. Select an activity you enjoy since you will be more likely to stay with it.

Play it Safe

If you have problems moving, staying steady on your feet, or get short of breath easily, talk to your physician before starting an exercise program. If you smoke, are diabetic, or are over the age of 40, it may be prudent to get a stress test before starting strenuous physical activity. If you have been inactive, start slowly, don’t do too much all at once. If you don’t feel well, stop or reduce your activity. If you have any of these alarm signs, seek help immediately:

  • Pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest, neck, or arm
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting

The following are some suggested activities. Select an activity you enjoy since you will be more likely to stay with it.

How you can stay in shape

Healthy Mind and Body

You may enjoy activities such as yoga, tai chi, or Pilates. You can do these in a class setting or at home using a video on your computer or TV. If you take a class, you should discuss any physical limitations with the instructor, so they can modify the exercises to better suit you.

Healthy Mind and Body

You may enjoy activities such as yoga, tai chi, or Pilates. You can do these in a class setting or at home using a video on your computer or TV. If you take a class, you should discuss any physical limitations with the instructor, so they can modify the exercises to better suit you.

Daily Life Activities

Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) refers to all energy expenditure except that used during sleeping, eating, and formal exercise. This is the energy consumed in daily life activities. Try to include more physical activity in your daily routine. For example:

  • Clean out the basement, mow the lawn, rake leaves, do gardening, and wash the car
  • Take 5-10 minute walks at work several times a day instead of coffee breaks or a long lunch, if possible
  • Stand, walk, or stretch while watching television
  • Take the stairs at work or school whenever possible instead of the elevator
  • Park far from the building entrance so you have to walk further
  • Walk while talking on the portable phone

Daily Life Activities

Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) refers to all energy expenditure except that used during sleeping, eating, and formal exercise. This is the energy consumed in daily life activities. Try to include more physical activity in your daily routine. For example:

  • Clean out the basement, mow the lawn, rake leaves, do gardening, and wash the car
  • Take 5-10 minute walks at work several times a day instead of coffee breaks or a long lunch, if possible
  • Stand, walk, or stretch while watching television
  • Take the stairs at work or school whenever possible instead of the elevator
  • Park far from the building entrance so you have to walk further
  • Walk while talking on the portable phone

Stay on Track

There are many electronic devices to assist patients in attaining a healthy weight. You can download fitness apps that enable you to track your progress using a computer or smartphone or other mobile device. Pedometers and fitness trackers can help you count steps, calories, and minutes of physical activity. You wear most of these devices like a watch or clipped to your clothes. Try to set specific activity goals for yourself on a daily basis. Find someone to exercise with. Find ways to reward yourself that do not involve food, for example, a new music CD or a new outfit. Remember that any physical activity, even brief, has health benefits.

Stay on Track

There are many electronic devices to assist patients in attaining a healthy weight. You can download fitness apps that enable you to track your progress using a computer or smartphone or other mobile device. Pedometers and fitness trackers can help you count steps, calories, and minutes of physical activity. You wear most of these devices like a watch or clipped to your clothes. Try to set specific activity goals for yourself on a daily basis. Find someone to exercise with. Find ways to reward yourself that do not involve food, for example, a new music CD or a new outfit. Remember that any physical activity, even brief, has health benefits.