In medical school, we learn all about preventing chronic diseases by living a healthy lifestyle. However, with the amount of time we spend at a desk or in the lab, it’s hard to practice what we are learning to preach. Eating good foods and maintaining a regular exercise routine is essential to staying healthy. Whether it is stress eating or finding the closest and cheapest food option, it is harder to eat healthy with such a busy lifestyle. On top of that, finding time to exercise is an even greater challenge. Being sedentary and eating bad foods not only is bad for your health long term, but it can lower your immune system and increase your chances of getting colds.
Planning ahead is the key to staying healthy in medical school. This means planning your meals a head of time and packing healthy snacks if you know you won’t have a chance to go home all day. Incorporating time for exercising in your schedule is also really important. Some people exercise in the morning, but I have a really hard time waking up to do that. I prefer more mellow mornings, so I make sure to schedule my workouts in during the afternoon hours. Sometimes this is hard to do after a long day of school and studying, but you have to be consistent and dedicated.
We are going to be doctors, so I think it is really important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to set a good example for our patients. I personally want to make sure I am healthy if I am going to enter a career of providing healthcare.