Thursday, July 28, 2016

Start with the right foot! - Life after bariatric Surgery

After weight loss surgery you normally take a few days off from work or from other activities, also when you start to see the changes you want to jump quickly to working out but there are a few things you need to know before starting.

On one of our blogs we talked about how to work out and there I mentioned that it’s really important that you get the correct equipment for you, one of the most recommended item is the belt (workout belt and support belt).

But before I start getting more into the type of belts and when to use them first let’s talk about when can you start your normal activities...

  • ain: Normally its gone by the first week from there on you stop feeling it, if by the first month pain is still there contact your doctor to know how to relieve it.
  • Activities: First week you might feel weak and that’s normal, it happens because all your body’s energy is at a recovery state and also you don’t get much food (remember that when undergoing through this type of procedure a 80% is normally removed) so it has to get accustomed to that big change.

But when can I start my regular activities?
It is recommended to start one week after surgery if you have a desk job, also your exercise needs to start by taking long walks (30-40 min.) If you have a more demanding job then talk to your doctor so he can determine in how much time you can start... Now let’s go back to belts, it is really important that you know which belts are used and in what circumstances they have to be used.

Support Belts:

The support belts normally go with persons that are standing for long periods of time or also are at the desk for more than 4 hours, you can find these ones as lumbar support belts, lumbar braces or back support belts.

*If you want to work out with these types of belts the best exercise is walking or using the thread mill.

Work out belts:
Well there isn’t much to say here their purpose y to help you do heavy lifting, what I can really tell you about them are that if you have a more demanding job carrying stuff above 20 lbs. get one so you can do your job more easily.

Still not convinced?... Well let me tell you 3 benefits on how using belts work.

1. - Belts stabilize and reduce stress on spine.
Increasing intra-abdominal pressure is similar to inflating a balloon inside your abdominal cavity. The pressure inside the abdominal cavity pushes on the spine to support it from the inside, while the core muscles in the abdominal wall and lower back push on the spine from the outside. This inside and outside pressure acts to stabilize the spine and reduce the stress it receives when lifting heavy weights. This is how lifting belts can help to protect against back injuries during lifting. It's not due to the belt supplying the support; it's due to the way that the body reacts to the belt that supplies the spinal support.

2. – Belts create better body biomechanics
Research shows that when lifting boxes, wearing a lifting belt reduces the amount of spinal flexion (forward bend at the spine), spinal extension (bending back of the spine), and lateral flexion of the spine (bending side to side), but increases the amount of flexion at the hips and knees. In other words, a belt forces you to lift more with your legs than your back, which is precisely the biomechanical position you want to use when lifting something from the ground. These are also the biomechanics you want to use during deadlifts and squats with a barbell.

3. – Belts beget better performance.
Will wearing a belt actually increase your power, strength, or muscle growth? Yes! According to some research, wearing a belt will help increase all the above.

So those are three key benefits now that you know how a belt can help you to overcome your work out. Remember to talk to a physician so you can have a more accurate decision on what type of belt to use!

And remember that exerciseand diet go hand and hand with surgical weight loss. The surgery works, but it is only a tool. Many patients have remarkable success because they use their tool the right way. Some people struggle and believe their tool was defective. Most of the patients that struggle are those that thought the surgery was a quick fix. They didn’t fully commit to the “complete lifestyle change forever” mindset that goes with bariatric surgery.

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