5 Post-Liposuction Exercise Tips

Liposuction surgery is a great way for patients in the Point-Claire area to get rid of areas of fat they don’t want, such as muffin tops and love handles. However, if you don’t exercise after surgery, liposuction may only end up making your body exchange one set of problems for another. According to research, when fat is removed from the abdominal area, the body replaces it by increasing levels of belly fat. This can put your body at an increased risk of developing diabetes or heart disease. To counter this, a regular exercise regime should be followed after surgery. This is the best way to gain long-lasting results from liposuction.

Exercise After Liposuction

1. Start Gradually

Exercise after undergoing liposuction should not begin until 2-6 weeks after surgery. This is to ensure that the wounds are fully healed and not at risk of reopening under stress. However, you can do light activities such as walking to get the body accustomed to exercising (without risk of bleeding) and then move on to more rigorous activities after the recovery period.

You can also gradually increase the intensity of regular exercises, such as on the treadmill with each passing week after surgery. For example, in your first week, you go at 1 mile-per-hour, in your second week, 2 miles-per-hour, your third week, 3 miles-per-hour, and continue on.

If the exercise makes you uncomfortable, then stop. This is a warning sign of possible damage to the surgical wounds.

2. Exercise Regularly

Once you have a regular exercise regime in place, stick to it. Strength training and cardio are sure ways to burn any excess belly fat the body may want to produce to compensate for lost fat. One study showed that women who exercised regularly 3 times a week kept their fat off while women who did not gained extra belly fat. You should exercise for at least 20 minutes a day.

3. Eat healthy

Any exercise will not be of much benefit if it is not supported by a healthy diet. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are good sources of carbohydrates that will not leave you with hunger pangs.

4. Eat regularly

Having small meals throughout the day is better than having large meals. This way you won’t overeat and increase the risk of gaining weight, especially belly fat. Your body can also maintain high energy levels.

5. Join a Gym

It might be a good idea to join a gym. A gym membership can keep you motivated to stay on a regular exercise regime, especially since you are already paying.

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