Exercise is a word some of us love and some of us hate, but all of us know that some form of exercise is good for us.
For those of us who have had lap band surgery exercise is important for many reasons:
It burns calories
It firms our skin
It creates muscle which helps burn more calories
It creates those "happy hormones" that help us feel good and stay motivated
It reduces our risks for cardiovascular disease among other ailments.
The bottom line is, exercise is good for us whether we have had lap band surgery or not. Those of us who have had surgery may want to integrate it into our daily routine, a little at a time, in order to facilitate our weight loss. Depending on our age, our health, our weight, and our physical ability, exercise can mean anything from walking around the block to running five miles on the treadmill and everywhere in between. Of course, you'll need to work with your doctor in developing your exercise routine.
In this section you will find information and tips on getting started and staying motivated to help you achieve your goals.
Being Sick Totally Cramps My Style In Ways I Never Would Have Thought About - Long Term WLS Success By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog I hadn't realized how much a part of my daily life all of this activity had become. I have been at it long enough that I take my freedom of movement and my energy levels for granted. All I can say at this point is that I wake up every day, even while I am not feeling my best, and am grateful for the new chance at living a full and active life that I was given when I chose to have weight loss surgery. . . . keep reading
A Morning At The Gym In January - Living a Life Of Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog Mornings at the gym in January are frustrating. First of all, the parking lot is full of all of those New Year's Resolutions people. I look around and wonder who will still be here in March and April. I know, after 12 years, that it will be less than half of the folks currently trying to meet their New Year's resolutions of losing XXXX pounds, or getting healthy or, if you look carefully at the women, trying to hook up with someone new and hard bodied! . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - Just Doing It! By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog My body acts as a barometer. Any time there are weather changes coming I know because I get aches and pains in places I didn't even know I had places. This is not a complaint. It is a fact of my life. I have had to learn to live with it, and I have. . . . keep reading
Resisting Change Doesn't Work For Me - Long Term Lap Band Success By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog As I walked into the gym early Wednesday morning I saw a sign where I needed to check in that said "Pool Closed Until Further Notice". I immediately began to panic and then get angry because I joined this gym BECAUSE they had an indoor swimming pool and my body needs to swim 2-3 times a week for many reasons all of them relating to my health. . . . keep reading
How Exercise Has Shaped My Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog It's 6am. I am sipping a cup of black coffee in my sweats and it's almost time for me to get dressed and leave for the gym. Today my schedule is 30 minutes on the elliptical, then an hour working with my personal trainer, then 15 minutes more on the elliptical. Then home to start the rest of my day. . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - Making My Choices Count By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog As I was sipping my coffee this morning I checked my messages as per my usual routine. My trainer had texted me to let me know she was dealing with a flooded bathroom and wasn't going to make it in to the gym this morning. My mind took off in the following directions at high speed: . . . keep reading
Taking Some Time Off For Me And Still Learning - Long Term Lap Band Success By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog Last week my husband and I escaped for a few days up the coast to Cambria and San Simeon. We stayed in a really lovely little Inn right in downtown Cambria and did our first ever tour of Hearst Castle. The Inn had no fitness facilities and they frown on visitors using the pool at Hearst Castle, no matter how inviting it looks so I was without my typical gym or swimming pool from Thursday through Monday morning. . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - Some of Why I Exercise Besides Losing Weight By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog For the last few days I have been wondering what I was going to blog about. This morning, it hit me when I was searching the internet for some information around exercise to share with our Weekly Weigh-In Groups. Lifehacker has a great article, with links to other articles talking about the Top Ten Reasons To Exercise Besides Losing Weight. . . . keep reading
Don't Let Those Negative Voices In Your Head Sabotage Your Successful Weight Loss Surgery Journey By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog So I woke up Tuesday morning, cold and tired at 4am. It was 35 degrees at the beach here in Oxnard CA. I began a discussion in my head that went something like this: " Poor you. You haven't had enough sleep, it's really cold outside. Your bones ached. You have a headache from the heater. You will probably freeze if you head to the swimming pool at the gym as planned. Maybe you should skip it today so you don't get sick." . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - Winning The Mental Game By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog I woke up this morning to a gray sky, warm and humid house and a low level of energy. As I sat with my coffee cup I urged myself gently to get going to the gym. I finally made it out of the house and to the gym and was in the water by 7:45 AM which was at least ½ hour later than my typical latest start. . . . keep reading