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In your new, post-bariatric surgery life, exercise will become as much a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth. By seeing it as just another daily habit, you’ll be able to quickly adapt to a mindset that embraces physical activity. Be sure to stick to your bariatric surgeon’s post-operative activity guidelines. Eventually, you might start running marathons, but the first few months after surgery is not the right time to train for them. You should start with these low-impact exercises first.


Walking is the first exercise you’ll do after your laparoscopic surgery, and you’ll start soon after waking up in the hospital. You’ll reduce the risk of blood clots by getting up and walking soon after surgery. By the end of the second week, you should be able to walk for 15 minutes at a time, few times daily. Gradually, you’ll add more minutes to your walking routine, and you’ll begin walking at a brisk pace. Eventually, you should be able to take a 30-minute walk without feeling exhausted.

Sitting Exercises

You may work with a physical therapist after your operation. You’ll learn how to add low impact sitting exercises to your routine. Some of these increase flexibility and range of motion, such as shoulder rolls. You can also do leg lifts while sitting, but make sure you don’t place pressure on your abdomen while doing them. Arm rotations are ideal for your upper body workout. Raise your arms to shoulder height, keeping them extended straight out from your sides. Move your arms in small circles, switching direction periodically.


Once your incisions heal, your surgeon will clear you to start swimming. Swimming laps and doing water aerobics are great choices for bariatric patients, because they don’t place stress on the joints. You can modify your swimming routine to suit your abilities and fitness level.

Bariatric Care Centers is the provider of choice for patients in Houston who undergo vertical sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Brian Mirza also specializes in performing revision weight loss surgeries. You can reach our office at 713-339-1353.

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

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