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Exercise After Bariatric Surgery

We Can Help You Reach Your Goals as Quickly and Safely as Possible

Your healthcare provider will want you to commit to an exercise plan before surgery. By the time you reach your 6-week post-op appointment, you should be able to complete 30 minutes of walking per day. After 6 weeks, it may be time to begin a more intensive exercise routine, including aerobic, strengthening and flexibility exercises.

How Can I Stick to My Exercise Plan?

Try to stay motivated by practicing the following tips:

  • Begin your exercise program gradually and progress slowly over time.
  • Vary workouts to alleviate boredom.
  • Develop specific, realistic, and achievable goals.
  • Anticipate obstacles—have a backup plan.
  • Keep your walking shoes or exercise clothes in the car.
  • Share your progress with others.
  • Work-out with a partner.

Getting Started with Exercise


Walking is the first exercise for bariatric surgery patients, and an easy way to get moving. Walking as exercise can be started before and after surgery. In fact, nurses at St. Claire Regional will encourage you to get walking as soon as possible to aid in the healing process. An exercise regimen featuring walking can be followed year-round, outside when the weather is nice, and at the gym or indoors when the weather isn't so great.

Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic exercise can also be a great way to help transform your life after your bariatric surgery. Before beginning an aerobic exercise, either before or after surgery, it is very important that you check with your healthcare provider.

Strength Training

Strength training may include the use of weight machines, "free" weights (handheld weights) and resistance bands. Strength training is not recommended for the first 3 to 4 weeks after your surgery. As with all exercise programs, it is very important to check with your healthcare provider before starting a strength training program. Here are some quick tips to help you in your strength training:

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