Exercises For My Gastric Balloon: Part 1 – Cardio

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We often say that we believe in a holistic approach towards meeting your weight loss goals… but what does it really mean? 

Well, it begins with fully committing towards your goals, meaning adapting your daily routine to one that will work together with your balloon to increase your weight loss results. A great place to start is by adjusting your eating habits and daily exercise routine. While your gastric balloon will help you develop healthy eating habits, daily exercise is something you will have to do on your own. 

Starting a new exercise routine can be incredibly scary, but with our Exercises for My Gastric Balloon series, we hope to help you take the first step towards a healthier life.

Cardio Exercise and Your Weight Loss Balloon

First and foremost, we must mention that it is recommended to wait 1-2 weeks to begin exercise after your balloon implantation, depending on how you feel throughout phase one of the procedure. However, it is highly recommended to start your exercise routine as soon as you’re feeling up to it. 

When starting to develop your daily exercise routine, focus on simple cardiovascular exercises that will get your body moving and provide you an easy transition to daily exercising. Ideally, during this phase you want to focus on re-introducing fitness into your life and expanding your range of motion; remember, avoid intense exercises shortly after your balloon implantation. 

A great place to start is by walking. While it doesn’t seem like much, walking is a fantastic way to adjust to a healthier and more active lifestyle. If walking doesn’t do it for you, take things a step further and go for a bike ride or even go for a swim. 

These lower intensity workouts are incredibly helpful for beginners who are just picking up an active and healthy lifestyle, but that’s not all! Low intensity workouts can actually help lessen joint pain, reduce unhealthy cravings, and even boost your immune health! 

Let’s dive right in and discuss a few more exercises you can easily do at home.

Low Intensity Cardio Exercises

Low Intensity Cardio

Water Exercises:

Water workouts are a great way to ease yourself into a new exercise routine. Whether you’re interested in full water aerobic exercises or just walking around in the pool, the idea is to just be in the water! 

When you’re exercising in the water, your body isn’t working as hard as it does when on land, which provides you with a fantastic way to workout without putting pressure on your joints. Being that the water supports a large portion of your bodyweight, water exercises are great for any age or body size.

Tai Chi:

Water workouts are a great way to ease yourself into a new exercise routine. Whether you’re interested in full water aerobic exercises or just walking around in the pool, the idea is to just be in the water! 

When you’re exercising in the water, your body isn’t working as hard as it does when on land, which provides you with a fantastic way to workout without putting pressure on your joints. Being that the water supports a large portion of your bodyweight, water exercises are great for any age or body size.

Tai Chi and Gastric Balloon

When it comes to low intensity workouts, Tai Chi may seem like nothing, but the flowing succession of small movements can prove to be an excellent workout! 

If you’re practicing Tai Chi correctly, you could actually be elevating your heart rate to that of a moderate exercise, without having to put immense pressure on your muscles or joints. Additionally, you can practice Tai Chi from anywhere, and it will help you build strength, concentration, balance, and flexibility!

Skating:

While you may attribute roller skating to the groovy 70’s, it can actually be a great low intensity workout! Dispensing on your size, a 30 minute skating session can burn around 200 calories, almost equal to running or biking. 

Skating will work different muscles than you may be used to, for example, your legs, hips, lower back, and rear. Furthermore, skating proves to be a great cardio workout, meaning it’s definitely something you’ll want to work into your weekly exercise routine.

Yoga:

Yoga is an exceptional place to start if you’re looking for a low intensity workout.The combination of poses and breathing exercises are great for increasing your muscle tone, flexibility, strength, and overall fitness. 

There are more moderate to higher intensity yoga workouts, such as Power Yoga or Bikram Hot Yoga, but if you’re looking for low intensity movements you should stick to Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga sessions. The great thing about Yoga is that you can easily pull up a video online and workout right from home!

The Spatz3 Weight Loss Solution

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These low intensity workouts are a fantastic place to start introducing your body to a fitness routine. While your Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon will help you lose weight, you will see the best results if you adjust your eating habits and exercise routine to become an overall healthier and more active individual. 

In part two of our Exercises for My Gastric Balloon series, we’ll discuss more moderate intensity workouts to keep your exercise routine trending in the right direction. Until then, try mixing up your weekly workouts with some of the exercises listed above; you’ve got this!

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