Health & Wellness Magazine Live + Thrive Magazine - Summer 2018 | Page 29

Consider this rule of thumb when it comes to exercise: if you feel a little burning or tension, that is indicative that your body is working—and you are going to see some great results. But if that burn or tension turns into pain (anything more than a two on a 1 to 10 pain scale), you’re doing too much and you should stop and rest. BRINGING IT HOME Exercise after bariatric surgery should be an integral part of your weight-loss journey. Of course, you will lose weight after surgery without it, but exercising makes sure that you are doing it the right way. Studies have shown that patients who exercise after surgery lose 10–15 pounds more than those who don’t. It will also keep your heart and body healthy and make you feel amazing and full of energy. A happy side effect of exercise is that it can help support good mental health. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which help to combat depression and anxiety. Perhaps unexpectedly to some, many who undergo weight-loss surgery still carry the emotional scars of obesity even after losing weight. However, exercise can be empowering for many—a way to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to their weight loss, which leads to a better self- image and self-confidence. No matter where you are on your path to weight loss, remember to move as much as you can every day. Increasing activity little by little each day can help prevent stalls to weight loss and will help you feel great! 29