Making healthy diet choices and taking up moderate-to-high intensity exercises, are the two requisites to achieve and sustain a healthy lifestyle. Same is applicable if you have recently undergone weight-loss surgery and need to reach your weight loss goals faster. Usually, after surgery, your surgeon chalks out a comprehensive recovery diet and exercise regimen for you to follow. Out of the exercises that are usually prescribed here, running is probably the most engaging and gratifying. That said, it is understandable that you cannot possibly take up running during the first week itself after surgery while your surgical incisions are healing. Initially; however, you can start with one or more short walking sessions each day and once the sutures are dissolved, you can progress to running. To motivate you to take up running, here are five benefits. Take a look.
1. Elevated Metabolism
Running is one exercise that affects multiple body-organs at once and engages your core efficiently to help you burn more body fat each session. That said, the amount of fat burned here depends on two factors: your body type and initial weight. Post weight-loss surgery, your digestive system is modified to take in fewer calories, and effectively consume them. Therefore, running can come to our aid and utilize all the calories taken in through food and then burn some more. While running, you require your core, legs, and arm muscles to coordinate, which in turn, results in an increased muscular tone and improved metabolism.
2. Improved Release of Endorphins
Endorphins are essentially endogenous morphine, which means that they are morphine-like substances that are naturally produced by the body. Taking up physical exercises especially running results in an elevated release of these endorphins in the brain, which make you feel more energetic and happier. Therefore, when you feel a certain euphoria or “runner’s high” after each running session; it is the endorphins kicking-in while you were running. Needless to say, after your weight-loss surgery, running will definitely help you keep up a good mood.
3. Mitigated Stress Levels
Studies have shown running to be a great stress-buster. Whether you are concerned by some concerns at the workplace or there is some family trouble, you can easily nullify any stress once you go out for a run. Running regularly, therefore, not only improves your mood but also helps you make better decisions and get a good night’s sleep. In addition, once you see your body toning up and the fat melting away, you will feel more empowered and eventually, there will be no place for any anxiety or stress in your life.
4. Enhanced Cardiovascular Health
While running, the arteries in your heart expand and contract approximately 3-times faster than their usual functioning speed (during rest.) This improvement in the arterial functioning in turn, improves the overall cardiovascular activity and encourages the body to increase the production of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (in general terms- the good type!) The HDL not only helps the arteries maintain their elasticity but also reduce the formation of plaque and elevation of blood pressure.
5. Improved Focus
Post weight-loss surgery, it is necessary to keep the focus on your weight loss goals if you want to lose that extra body fat in a lesser time than usual. Remember, running is all about focus; therefore, your mind controls a majority of your body muscles while running and engages multiple muscle groups to complete the movement. Subsequently, your torso, legs, and arms, all function as a well-oiled machine while you are running. Overall, running helps you keep your focus for extended periods of time on your muscle movements and breathing, while every other thought takes a backseat.
If you are recovering from weight-loss surgery, it is imperative that you modify your dietary preferences to include more lean protein and fiber content. Similarly, you need to take up exercising in moderate-to-high intensity to burn the superficial subcutaneous body fat. You can also go for a combination of aerobic exercises and weight training, along with running to simultaneously improve your metabolism and strengthen your muscles.From the Web