Putting Pilates to Work after Weight Loss Surgery
What is Pilates?
For an exercise that has grown just about as popular as aerobics were in the 1980s, there are still a lot of people who don’t know exactly what Pilates is all about.
Pilates (pronounced puh-la-tease) is a lot like yoga in that it revolves around a series of exercises that are typically done on a mat or with a few pieces of equipment. However, unlike yoga, which has designs that are just as mentally stimulating as physically stimulating, Pilates is a full-fledged workout method that focuses on building core strength, posture and flexibility.
Pilates after Weight Loss Surgery
Pilates is actually one of the most recommended forms of exercise after weight loss surgery due to its low intensity model and the serious results that you can achieve by practicing it regularly. While there are Pilates studios that feature large pieces of equipment that can help you get the most out of your workout, it is just as easy to do Pilates at home, either with a few rehearsed routines, or to a workout video.
Here are a few tips on getting started with Pilates:
- Remember that breathing is a huge aspect of Pilates, as the exercises are designed to help open up your lungs. Breathing deeply and in-tune with your movements will help you achieve greater flexibility and improve core strength.
- Try a class first. Before trying Pilates at home on your own, sign up for a class. There are several Pilates studios in the Hialeah area that you can try out. Of course, if you don’t want to go somewhere and take a public class, take advantage of a DVD from the library, or an online class. Proper instruction will help prevent injury.
- Always use the right equipment. This is a safety issue with Pilates. You want to make sure that you have a mat, a towel, resistance bands, and anything else that your instructor recommends.
- Just as with any other form of exercise, drink plenty of water when doing Pilates. Since you are inside you might not feel dehydrated, but Pilates works your muscles a lot. Drinking water will help prevent cramping, too.
So when is the best time to try Pilates?
The core exercises of Pilates are a great accompanying exercise method to cardio activities. Don’t try Pilates right away after weight loss surgery, as the targeted core movements will be rough on your stomach—so you need to make sure your body is healed from surgery before you give Pilates a go. However, once you are healed and have started other forms of exercise, starting off with a beginner course of Pilates can help you bring your workout goals to the next level. Using Pilates as one aspect of your rehabilitation program can help you achieve new levels of flexibility and core strength as you work on losing weight after bariatric surgery.