You’ve probably heard about adaptive fitness discussed in the context of individuals who have suffered accidents or were born with specific disabilities that impact the way they move. However, adaptive fitness can be an important part of your weight loss journey as well. Adaptive fitness includes exercises that are adapted to accommodate students with permanent or physical disabilities. Trainers use adaptive fitness to develop plans for individuals with special needs that may have physical challenges that prevent them from exercising like another individual might who is at a healthy weight.
Individuals who undergo bariatric surgery like LAP-BAND® are obese or morbidly obese. During the aftercare process, it’s not only important that individuals follow a healthy diet, but they must exercise as well. Because individuals have a lot of weight to lose and are larger in size, completing certain exercises may be difficult or impossible. For instance, individuals may not be able to squat deep enough to gain benefits from the move. Some poses may be uncomfortable because of the extra weight they carry. Individuals may have joint issues or trouble getting up off the floor repeatedly for certain exercises.
Adaptive fitness is all about doing moves that are comfortable. This means doing exercises that are low impact and take the individual’s range of movement into consideration. Individuals should start slow and work up to more difficult exercises once they are comfortable progressing. If individuals have limited mobility in certain areas, they should work on building up strength in other areas. Individuals with mobility issues often find exercising in the water to be especially beneficial and freeing. It’s a great way to work on cardiovascular fitness in a supported, low-impact environment. Examples of adaptive fitness exercises include doing push-ups against the wall instead of the ground, and staying seated while performing exercises. Individuals should work on gaining stability and flexibility.
Exercise will not only help you on your weight loss journey, it will help relieve stress and anxiety in addition to improving your self-esteem and outlook on life. The important thing is to stop if you feel any pain, and to make exercise a regular part of your life.
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Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information
The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.
The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results, who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.
The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.
Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Most common related adverse events include: Band slippage, pouch dilation, stoma obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal dilation, cholelithiasis, incisional infection, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.
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