Exercise after Weight Loss Surgery

Exercising and staying active is a very important part of a LAP-BAND® and gastric sleeve  lifestyle. While in the first few weeks following your procedure you may feel sore, once the discomfort goes away you should implement a regular workout routine. Incorporating exercise into your daily life will not only maximize your weight-loss efforts, but also help your skin to form to the new shape of your body. Establishing an exercise habit can also assist with keeping off the weight you have lost. The first year following surgery will be crucial in regards to learning and adopting a new healthier lifestyle. The faster you start making changes to promote your health, the more likely those changes will stay with you.


Following your LAP-BAND or gastric sleeve surgery, we strongly advise our patients to go to a fitness professional for a personal fitness consultation. A fitness consultation will give you a lot of insight into which daily exercise routines will be the best for your body. In addition, the trainer will help you in building up your individual routine with targeted exercises. Consistency and persistence with your diet and exercise routines will help you get the most out of your LAP-BAND or gastric sleeve surgery and stay on track with your weight. In order to get the best long-term results, most of our patients become more active as they continue their weight-loss journey.


In order to stay motivated, choose physical activities that you enjoy and can accomplish with a sense of satisfaction. Then set attainable goals. Goals are important because they will motivate you and help you achieve your weight loss faster. In addition, doing something you like with reasonable goals will lower the risk of giving up. We won’t deny it, beginnings are hard — not only because it is very hard to build a new habit in general, but because so many start their quest by setting the bar too high. To make the weight loss easier for you, get yourself on track in baby steps. Start with attainable goals that are easy to achieve, and let the small successes build greater confidence in your ability to succeed. Gradually raise the bar to stretch and achieve even greater physical goals.

Walking, aerobics, water aerobics, swimming, stretching, Pilates, and yoga are all examples of great activities that will help you lose weight
and help prevent weight regain.


Once you have chosen the different forms of exercises that are suitable for you, it is very important you stick with it. Cultivating determination and patience helps a great deal in being able to stick to your planned exercises and see lasting results.

Here is a sample routine of how a week of exercises could look:
















30 minutes

30 minutes

30 minutes

30 minutes

1 hour

30 minutes


Of course, this is a just a guideline; each patient should develop a routine with the help of a trainer and stick with the planned exercises. Remember, even taking your dog for walk could count as an exercising routine! Depending on your starting BMI and overall strength, you may not be able to do certain exercises or be active for long periods of time. Don’t worry. Even 20 minutes of exercise makes a difference; you just need to be persistent.

With time, your exercise routine will not only get easier because you’ll be stronger, but also because you will keep losing weight and gaining energy in the process. If you find it hard to exercise alone, get your friends, kids, or a spouse to join you. Having exercise partners will keep you motivated. You can also attend our DayOne Health support group to make friends and find someone interested in working out together. The great part about exercising with a fellow LAP-BAND or gastric sleeve patient is that you will understand each others’ struggles and be able to encourage and motivate one another throughout the process.