Going for a "Walk"
If you have had bariatric surgery you have been probably told many times to excercise and specifically to "walk". You might ask why I keep putting the word walk in quotes, it's because I have something very specific in mind when I use the word….
So what is it that I have in mind when I advise patients to "walk". Well, first off, lets discuss what I don't mean by the word walk.
What I don't mean is what a person might do if they are taking a dog for a walk, which to me is more like a "stroll". If you have ever walked a dog you make frequent stops, while the dog sniffs this and investigates that..while it might be fun, and even relaxing, it is not what I would call exercise or what I mean when I advise a patient to "walk".
So walking in the sense I am using it is definitely exercise and mildly to moderately strenuous. Here is a very simple and easy test to know if you are "walking" in the sense I am using the word..Can you carry on a normal conversation while you are walking? If you can you are not walking the way I mean it.
Walking in the sense I mean it is something that should put you slightly out of breath and not really able to hold a regular conversation. In other words if you can carry on a regular conversation with someone while you are walking you are definitely not walking vigorously enough.
I have been discussing walking with patients a great deal lately (as I frequently do) and often hear that "I haven't been walking, its been a bad winter". Guess what folks..spring is right around the corner!
Lets imagine it's now May and your going for your daily walk in the local park, admiring all the Cherry Blossoms..and suddenly the cell phone rings. (First off, you should probably leave your cell phone home when your going for your walks, but that is another conversation!). If you can answer the cell phone and have a conversation without stopping you are not walking fast enough. In the office I think I'll refer to this as the "cell phone test". Your walking should be fast enough that you cannot carry on a normal cell phone conversation, while you are actually walking.
This is a very easy and "non-scientific" way to know if you are exercising vigorously enough. Next time, I'll discuss something called "Target Heart Rate" for aerobic exercise. Calculating the target heart rate is a little more precise way to know if you are exercising vigorously enough (I'll warn you ahead of time there is some math involved, but it is very simple). For most of you the "cell phone test" is good enough. Just so we have it..you should walk fast enough so that you're slightly out of breath, and not able to talk on the cell.
In March, we will be combining all the support groups and meet on March 9th(that is this Wednesday). Our guest speaker will be Dr. Lalla, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who will be presenting Plastic Surgery Options and Body Contouring after Weight Loss Surgery. This is always a popular topic.
All support groups will take place at the Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center from 6:00 – 7:30. The address is 200 South Orange Avenue, Livingston. Any questions please call 973-322-7433.
Patient Information Seminar (Ocean County)
We'll be having a new patient informational seminar for Ocean County patients on Thursday March 24th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. As usual the seminar is free and open to anyone who wants to find out about bariatric surgery. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.
It will be held at the:
Center for Healthy Living
198 Prospect St.
Lakewood, NJ 08701
For those of you familiar with the area it is basically right next to Kimball Hospital.
Thanks for reading and for trusting me and the team at Garden State Bariatrics with your healthcare.
web site address: https://www.gsbwc.com
phone: (973) 218-1990