The Role of Physical Activity in Weight Management

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In recent years, there have been a plethora of articles making their way across social media covering a supposedly shocking fact:

If you want to lose weight, your diet makes the real difference, not exercise.

And every time one of these articles goes viral, couch potatoes breathe a sigh of relief.

Ultimately, diet and exercise go hand in hand. And while consuming fewer calories does have a larger impact, physical activity is central to boosting metabolism, reduces the risk of many complications related to why obesity is bad, and even builds muscle to reduce the appearance of sagging skin.

In other words, if you’ve had weight loss surgery in Mexico, you need both a healthier diet and a regular exercise program.

Key Benefits of Weight Reduction Exercises

  • Speeds up weight loss during the initial stages
  • Maintains your new weight
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Decreases the risk of developing certain health conditions, including:
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Heart disease
    • Stroke
    • Multiple forms of cancer
  • Reduces arthritis inflammation and pain
  • Improves balance and lowers the risk of falls
  • Slows osteoporosis
  • Makes symptoms of depression and anxiety more manageable

How Much Exercise Is Needed?

Now that you understand the benefits of aerobics and other exercises for weight loss, you need to understand how much exercise you should get in each week. And the truth is that there isn’t a magic number that works for everyone.

Most people who get weight loss surgery in Mexico head into the process pretty sedentary. In other words, they are getting little to no exercise in on a weekly basis. After their surgery, their food intake will be heavily restricted, meaning that their ability to take in calories also will be.

At first, the exercise goal will be pretty simple: move more. If you aren’t exercising at all, start going for walks twice a day. Work your way up to alternating 30 seconds of light jogging with 60 seconds of walking. While this might seem small, walking is an aerobic exercise to reduce weight.

Steadily, you should build yourself up to 60 minutes of exercise about 5 days a week, combining aerobic activities with those that build up muscle. Keep in mind that if you are someone who really dislikes exercise, you might need to experiment a bit until you find the routines that work for you. Once you do, you will be on a path to success.

For more information about weight loss surgery and what comes after, speak with Dr. Jalil.

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