Exercise program

Exercise on a regular basis is necessary lifestyle change after surgery. Exercise includes a sense of well-being, increase overall energy, and minimizes muscle breakdown. Walking daily until you can walk thirty minutes without stopping is mandatory after surgery.

Benefits of exercise:

  1. Reduce the risk of heart disease.
  2. Reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
  3. Reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.
  4. Reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure.
  5. Reduce the risk of developing colon cancer.
  6. Build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints.
  7. Reduce feelings of depression and anxiety.
  8. Control weight.
Schedule of exercise program after surgery:

Type of exercise program

Starting from


Day 1


2nd month

Aerobic exercise

3rd month

Strength training

4th month

Walking & Running

  1. A walking program can be started before surgery and resumed once home from the hospital from day 1 after surgery.
  2. Start by walking on a flat surface and gradually add slopes, as you get stronger.
  3. Gradually increase the distance or amount of time you walk until you reach the stage of running at the end of the month of operation (running starts from the second month).
  4. Take a bottle of water with you on longer walks. Sip water at intervals, especially if you walk outside on hot days.


  1. Aerobic exercise can be started after the second month post-operative.
  2. The best form of aerobic exercise is one that you will enjoy.
  3. Swimming and water aerobics are a good form of exercise, especially if you have joint problems or joint pain.
  4. If you want to take an aerobics class, always start with a low impact beginning class.

Strength Training

  1. Strength training can be started after the first three months post-operative.
  2. Strength training may include the use of weight machines, “free” weights (hand-held weights), and resistance bands.
  3. It is very important to use correct form when doing strength training.
  4. When starting a strength training program, it may be helpful to take a class with a personal trainer.

Adjustable Gastric Banding

Gastric banding is an adjustable gastric band that alters the anatomy of the stomach to help you reduce your food intake.

It is performed laparoscopically, meaning that the surgeon makes small incisions as opposed to one large incision.


Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is one of the relatively newer types of weight loss surgery.

This surgery can also be referred to medically as gastric sleeve resection, gastric sleeve surgery or tube gastrectomy.


Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass) is regarded internationally as the “gold standard” of weight loss surgery designed to reduce your food intake if you have tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. Follow up to 15 years after surgery has shown patients maintain weight loss after gastric bypass surgery.