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Hi there,

So I am 1 month post-Op and I am looking to incorporate various ways of exercising. First month, I had no energy or stamina to even walk on a treadmill. But now I can do about 35 mins of medium paced walking.

Question is - How did your work out routine looked beyond this point in your journey?

I am not much of a gym person. Not a huge fan of the environment and with COVID and Omicron, don't even want to try it. May be later, I may but for now I'll like to stay active at home.

I have a treadmill and a stationary bike at home. Some dumbbells, abs rollerand also resistance bands. I think I should be able to use these equipments to stay active.

But still want to find out from others how did your activity levels looked like 1 month post-Op and beyond?

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I can't remember back to one month post op as it's been 3 years, but I do remember going to the gym and walking and doing the bike and cardio stuff. I didn't do weights for a while due to weight lifting restrictions and didn't want to pull my incision or affect my new stomach in any way.

Now I go to the gym 7 days a week and do both strength-training as well as cardio. On good weather days I walk outside. On bad weather days like yesterday I use YouTube videos and do indoor exercises, walk in place, cardio, etc. I don't have any home gym equipment, so I mainly do cardio and floor exercises. I'm thinking about buying some dumbbells.

It sounds like you've got the perfect set-up at home to do plenty of fitness things on your program. Good luck!

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I went to Water aerobics a lot that first year (I still do once or twice a week, but I went a lot more than that the first year. I have a bad hip so walking fast enough or far enough to get much benefit out of it is tough - and I was too heavy at the time to do much else). I think I "rode" the stationary bikes and seated ellipticals at the gym, too. Once I was about eight weeks out, I was cleared to do weights, so I added in the weight machines at the gym, too.

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11 hours ago, DaisyAndSunshine said:

Question is - How did your work out routine looked beyond this point in your journey?

Day 1- through month 3: Walking. Walking. Walking.

Month 4-7: Interval running, home exercises (like 10 minutes, 3 times a week lol)

Month 8: Gym (weights), sprint training, rugby

Month 10- (now): Gym (weights), sprint training, boxing

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I’d stick to walking too for another month or so to ensure you’re fully healed. Then you could try some light weights or resistance bands. I’ve never been a gym person either & bought a treadmill years ago. But it’s actually just where I’m storing a large tub of clothes that are too big at the moment 😉.

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On 1/8/2022 at 11:33 AM, MiniGastricBypassDude said:

Day 1- through month 3: Walking. Walking. Walking.

Month 4-7: Interval running, home exercises (like 10 minutes, 3 times a week lol)

Month 8: Gym (weights), sprint training, rugby

Month 10- (now): Gym (weights), sprint training, boxing

How much did you walk first 3 months? I usually do about 30 mins and 5 mins each warming up and down.

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53 minutes ago, DaisyAndSunshine said:

How much did you walk first 3 months? I usually do about 30 mins and 5 mins each warming up and down.

Eh, as much or little as I felt like, really. I knew if I made it too 'perfect' and too strict I wouldn't do it. I just promised myself: I will walk. 3 times a week.

Sometimes with a friend, making it a long frosty trip around the lakes; about 2 hours with bench breaks, looking at the dumb ducks.

Sometimes, I'd walk 10 blocks out and 10 blocks back at 9.50pm after a long day at work, 20 minutes or so. I knew I needed positive experiences, and my competitive gene would carry me the rest of the way. Sometimes, I walked more days in a week. Because it wasn't a sad chore, it was something I wanted and could manage.

It doesn't matter how fast you walk or run for that matter, all that matters for calories is distance.

Actually, the only thing that really matters is you do it. Just walk. Get out there. Promise yourself you make it a short one when it's a rainy day, and that you'll make it a longer one when the sun is shining. Bring people along; a podcast; bread crumbs for the dumb ducks :)

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On 1/9/2022 at 1:05 PM, Guest said:

Eh, as much or little as I felt like, really. I knew if I made it too 'perfect' and too strict I wouldn't do it. I just promised myself: I will walk. 3 times a week.

Sometimes with a friend, making it a long frosty trip around the lakes; about 2 hours with bench breaks, looking at the dumb ducks.

Sometimes, I'd walk 10 blocks out and 10 blocks back at 9.50pm after a long day at work, 20 minutes or so. I knew I needed positive experiences, and my competitive gene would carry me the rest of the way. Sometimes, I walked more days in a week. Because it wasn't a sad chore, it was something I wanted and could manage.

It doesn't matter how fast you walk or run for that matter, all that matters for calories is distance.

Actually, the only thing that really matters is you do it. Just walk. Get out there. Promise yourself you make it a short one when it's a rainy day, and that you'll make it a longer one when the sun is shining. Bring people along; a podcast; bread crumbs for the dumb ducks :)

Fabulous advice! Thank you for your great words. !!!

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I don't formally exercise. I never did. I am not a gym person. I feel too guilty if I fall off program. So I just make extra efforts to walking back and forth around the house/work. About 6K steps a day (fitbit watch tracks it for me). I use ankle weights and wrist weights quite a bit for daily activities. I keep 5 lb dumbbells on the couch next to me and when watching tv, I will do arm, chest and shoulder exercises. I like to stretch a lot to stay limber. That's the extent of it. I mainly do it for health not for weight loss.

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