How many times a week should you exercise?

How many times a week should you exercise?

Regular exercise is important in maintaining overall health.

It’s no secret that regular exercise is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. If you are on your weight loss journey, you’ll know that getting enough physical activity is just one of many lifestyle habits you’ll need to commit to in order to reach and maintain a healthy and stable body weight. But how often is often enough? Read on to find out how many times a week you should ideally exercise…

Try regular aerobic activity

Aerobic activity has a number of health benefits. It reduces the risk of developing a number of health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It is also helpful in managing certain chronic conditions and can reduce pain and improve overall quality of life in individuals who suffer from diseases like arthritis and cancer. Most people should ideally get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. It’s a good idea to aim for around 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day. Some good moderate options include walking and swimming, while more strenuous forms of exercise include running and dancing.

Incorporate strength training

While getting enough aerobic exercise is a great way of improving your overall health, strength training also has a range of benefits — it can help to preserve muscle mass as you age and increase bone density over time. Strength training also helps one lose and manage weight, and reduces the uncomfortable symptoms of a number of chronic conditions, including arthritis, back pain, heart disease and diabetes. If you would like to incorporate strength training into your regime, try and do exercises that target all of the main muscle groups at least twice a week. Each set of exercises should be done once for around 12 to 15 repetitions each time. You can use your own body weight when doing strength training, or try using equipment like weight machines and resistance bands.

How can we help?

At Surgical Weight Loss Centre, we understand that weight loss is a journey that requires patience and support. After you have been through weight loss surgery, you will need to come in for follow-up appointments with Dr Jordan, as well as annual reviews with our bariatric nurses to ensure that you sustain your improved health and weight.

Getting used to regular exercise is an important part of your weight loss journey and our team includes a qualified exercise therapist with a special interest in holistic health and functional movement. Our exercise therapist is available to help you realise your health and weight loss goals and loves helping each patient improve their fitness, strength and bone density through exercise.

Besides assistance with exercise following weight loss surgery, we also offer advice regarding nutrition — our experienced dieticians are passionate about promoting long-term sustainable health.

Contact Surgical Weight Loss Centre

If you would like to arrange a consultation with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate care throughout the process — from preparing for surgery, to the procedure itself, and ongoing support as you work towards your weight loss goals.

If you are interested in weight loss surgery and would like to know what options are available to you, please take a look the list of procedures that we offer here.