Exercise during the holidays: from Grinch to Goal Setter
If you haven’t reached your goal weight after surgery, then it is time to start exercising! A loss of 50% of excess weight is considered successful post-surgical weight loss. Greater than 30 minutes per day of moderate physical exercise on most days of the week is recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) and the American Heart Association (AHA) to prevent chronic disease and 60 minutes per day of moderate to intense physical activity to lose weight!
With the holidays quickly approaching, find a way to become more physically active each day. Ideas include parking further away from your office, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and walking around the mall or doing exercise videos when it’s cold outside. Many cable providers offer free exercise videos on demand. You can also stream free workout videos from Netflix or Amazon Prime. Try making winter exercise fun like going to a local ice skating rink or skiing! Avoid all the people making New Year’s resolutions and join the gym today if at all possible. Look around or ask about gym promotions to save money. Ask your Human Resources department about gym discounts or call your insurance provider to see your benefits may cover or reduce the cost of a gym membership!
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