Top 10 - Best Workouts + Snacks
Working out is essential after bariatric surgery. It can help you with your new healthy lifestyle and is the greatest helper in a sustainable weight-loss process. However, exercise by itself is not magic, you need to combine it with smart food choices to make the best. Need inspiration? We have rounded up the best workouts and snacks to help you get started.
Did you know that swimming is considered the best cardiovascular exercise? It’s a great way to enjoy a workout without hurting your joints. Additionally, since you use both your arms and legs, swimming counts as full body workout. Plus, it’s extra relaxing!
Fuel yourself with a pre-workout smoothie. The natural sugar in the fruit will give you energy to go on. You can add almond milk as an extra to make your smoothie extra creamy. Try a combination of spinach, pineapple and banana for a nutrient-rich combination that tastes good!
Working out at the gym may seem scary, but it shouldn’t be. Ask a trainer for an easy to-follow routine and enjoy a more defined silhouette, better posture and an improved bone health. Just remember, you should wait for six weeks after surgery to start training; listen to your body and don’t overdo it.
Protein helps your muscles grow and repair. So, to help your muscles recover and build, the best after workout snack is a protein shake. It also helps with muscle soreness. Taking a protein shake around the time of your workout will improve performance and leave you ready for your next session.
Repeat after us: short walks are your best friends. We spend so much time in front of a screen that sometimes we forget just how nice a short walk can improve our health and mood. Try to walk at a brisk pace to burn some extra calories, but don’t forget to enjoy the ride.
Low fat Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt is a good protein source, so it’s a great after workout snack. Some of the presentations available can contain up to 20 grams of protein in a single portion! Additionally, Greek yogurt is a good supply of magnesium, which can help with muscle cramps caused by moving around. Try adding some nuts or almonds to boost the benefits of this snack.
Flexibility exercises help your overall mobility, and they are great warm up or cool down. Go gentle and listen to your body so as not to hurt your joints. As you progress, you might want to consider taking a yoga class to help you increase your range of motion.
To give your tendons and joints a boost, gelatin is a great option. Gelatin is made from animal collagen, so it’s also great on your skin, hair tendons, ligaments and bones! Just remember to choose a sugar-free option.
Cycling is a great cardio workout! It is easier on the joints than running but it’s still a major calorie burner. Spinning classes are super fun, but if you feel an ache in your lower back you might want to start with the seated bikes you can find in any gym.
10. A veggie omellet
After a hard workout a veggie omelet is a great way to help your body recover. The protein intake from the eggs and the vitamins and minerals found in the veggies make a killer combo. A great combination is red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and spinach.
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