Bariatric surgery is a big decision. We know there are questions in your mind from what you might have read or heard. There are plenty of information sources out there, but be careful which ones to believe. We recommend talking to your doctors or other health professionals to make sure you get straight answers.

Why talking to your doctor is better:
1. You’ll get specific answers to your specific questions.
2. You can be confident with the information you are getting (because you know it’s from a legit source).
3. Doctors will help you understand the surgery to guide your decision.
4. Doctors can explain every procedure thoroughly so you don’t get scared or anxious.
5. Doctors can tell you what to expect before and after surgery.

The list goes on, but you get the point. Always, always depend on legitimate information sources and if you have questions, just reach out!

Water Aerobics

Exercising in the water can have multiple benefits.

Water helps to support your body weight, which makes you feel lighter. It also reduces the impact on your joints, which means that the pain you might feel in your hips or knees from moving on land is virtually nonexistent when you stand in the water.

Consider enrolling in a group fitness class at your local pool or fitness facility. You can also try learning some simple resistance exercises that can be performed in the water.

How Much Exercise Do You Need?

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends at least 150 minutes every week of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes every week of vigorous exercise. That can be broken down into 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week.

For an overweight beginner, that can seem like a lot. But it’s important that you see this recommendation as a goal to which you can work. If you’re physically unable to complete 30 minutes of exercise this week, do what you can, and build toward 30 minutes daily over time. In fact, three bouts of 10 minutes of exercise a day adds up to the same calorie expenditure as a continuous 30 minutes.