What kind of Exercises can I do with the Gastric Balloon?


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Performing full body workouts with the gastric balloon is very important when the objective is losing weight, since physical exercise allows you to increase the amount of calories you burn in a day. Therefore, the more calories you burn, the easier it is to achieve your weight loss goals.

In addition, doing full body workouts is not only beneficial on an aesthetic level, it also reduces the risk of suffering certain chronic diseases. Studies show that people who exercise regularly are 50% less likely to die from obesity-related diseases, heart disease and diabetes.

We know that it is very difficult to maintain an active lifestyle because of our fast-paced lifestyles, but it is crucial to make time to take care of yourself. So, if you’ve recently had a gastric balloon, we’re going to give you a full body workout you can do to move forward in your weight loss journey.

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Stay Active With This Full Body Workout While Wearing a Gastric Balloon

If you are considering having a gastric balloon, or you already had one, you may be wondering what type of exercises you can do with the gastric balloon, and the truth is that there is a wide variety that you can do without any problem. However, our recommendation is to start with full body workouts after the gastric balloon is placed, for several reasons:

  • To get your body adapted to physical exercise if you didn’t do physical activity on a regular basis before.
  • By exercising your whole body, you will be able to lose generalized fat relatively fast and prepare your body for more difficult workouts.

Before we get into the topic and talk about the full body workout routine, there are several things you need to know in order to get the maximum results possible. First, studies show that if you reduce the rest time between two exercises, you get better results because you burn more calories.

Full body training with gastric balloon

To avoid taking long breaks, you can join two different exercises in a circuit and reduce the rest between them. Another good idea might be to do two consecutive sets, which consists of joining two different exercises to do them back-to-back with no rest in between and only resting once you’ve finished the entire set. This tactic will elevate your heart rate for longer and increase fat burning during and after the activity.

Now, we’ll show you some full body workouts you can do with a gastric balloon at home or in a gym. To maximize your weight loss, remember to perform large movements to use as many muscles as possible. In addition, you can also complement the following exercises with low-intensity cardiovascular exercises for the first few months until your body gets used to the physical activity and the gastric balloon.

Bulgarian Lunges: Keep Your Back Straight!

  1. If you want to stay active and fit, bulgarian lunges are a must in your routine. Start by placing your rear foot facing forward on an elevated platform; You can stand on your back foot with it placed flat or on your tiptoes.
  2. Make sure there’s room for your front foot, which is on the ground, to perform a lunge.
  3. While you’re performing the lunge, make sure to keep your upper body straight.
  4. As you descend, keep your upper body above your hips to avoid any strain or injury.
Bulgarian Lunges

Step-Ups: Keep Your Balance!

  1. Start by pressing your entire right foot on an elevated surface (like a bench or chair). Step up onto the bench, bringing your left foot next to your right while standing on the elevated surface.
  2. Return to the starting position by stepping down from the elevated surface with the right foot first, and alternate future step-ups between feet.

Plank: Make Sure Your Back Is Straight!

  1. Start by getting into a push-up position, with your forearms on the ground, not your hands. Make sure your elbows are in line underneath your shoulders.
  2. Keep your back straight, throughout your whole body, creating what looks like a plank. As the seconds tick by, its hard to hold on, but remember the health benefits before you give up!

Burpees: I Know They’re Tiring, But You Can Do It!

  1. If you want to feel the benefits of regular exercise, start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart keeping your arms by your side
  2. Next, try and push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body into a squat.
  3. Then, move your hands to the floor directly in front of your feet, and shift your weight onto your hands.
  4. Jump your feet back to form plank position while making sure to keep your body straight like we discussed before. Make sure your feet land outside of your hands.
  5. Reach your arms over your head and burst into the air.
  6. Lastly, land and lower back into a squat for your next rep.

Push-Ups: Get All The Way Down!

  1. Start in a push up position, bend your elbows, and lower your body to the floor. Try to keep your elbows bent to the sides. Make sure your head stays in line with your body.
  2. Lower your body until your chest is almost touching the ground and then slowly push yourself back into starting position. Include them in your full body workout at home without equipment; it’s a basic!

Deadbug: Feel The Burn!

  1. Start by lying with your back on your mat, keeping your arms straight in the air and your legs in the air with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle.
  2. Then, lower one arm and your opposite leg the floor in one fluid motion (for example, lower your right arm so that it is parallel to the floor, and kick out your left leg so that it is straight and parallel to the floor).
  3. Return to your center using your other arm and leg. Make sure to keep your core in action throughout the motions, by engaging your core you’re building muscle!

Mountain Climbers: Move Those Legs!

  1. Start in plank position, with your body weight maintained evenly through your hands and toes, with your hands shoulder-length apart and your back straight. Try to keep your head in line with the rest of your body.
  2. Then, bring your right knee into your chest, and switch by pulling that knee out and back onto the floor and your other knee into your chest.
  3. Try to keep your hips down, and bring your legs as deep into your chest as quickly as you can. If you’d like, try alternating breaths between each knee you bring into your chest. If you include Mountain Climbers in your routine, you will undoubtedly notice the benefits of regular exercise.
Mountain Climbers

Squats: Maintain Your Balance!

  1. Start by standing facing forward, with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Try keeping your balance – by extending your hands straight out in front of your knees, it will increase balance.
  3. Motion like you’re sitting back and down into a chair, while remaining faced forward with your upper body bent a bit. Instead of allowing your back to fully round, let your lower back arch slightly as you lower yourself.
  4. As you lower down, try to keep your thighs parallel to the floor and above your ankles.
  5. Bring yourself up to the starting position by pushing through your heels to stand up. Repeat several times, and you will see that this is one of the best home exercises without equipment.

Maintain An Active Lifestyle With Your Spatz

The working out health benefits outlined above can be experienced at any age and even if you do not possess prior knowledge. Furthermore, this lifestyle is ideal if you have been fitted with a Spatz3 gastric balloon. Regular exercise helps to increase your metabolism, to reduce the chances of sustaining and injury and to boost your mental outlook on life. However, it is always a good idea to consult with a doctor or a personal trainer before starting any new routine. He or she will be able to point you in the right direction.

By creating sets using a few of these different workouts, you can be on your way to staying healthy and fit! Remember, staying active is super important when trying to change the fact that you’re overweight, but eating healthy is important too. While you keep up your activity level using these workouts at home, try and maintain a healthy and nutritious diet to meet your weight loss goals!

Here at Spatz Medical, we want to be a part of your journey. By continuing to provide you with updates on trends in the weight loss field, we hope to keep you encouraged and up to date when battling with being overweight. Stay safe and stay active!

Take advantage of all the benefits of regular exercise for your health, try all these exercises and always stay active!

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