If you ask anyone that knows me well, they will tell you that I absolutely LOVE working out. From running half marathons to walking in the park, I enjoy every aspect of physical activity. One of the most common questions I get is: How do you have the time to exercise 6 times a week while in medical school?
I think that it is human nature to make time for the activities and people we enjoy. But with that said sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to check off everything on that to-do list…and that is absolutely okay. The way I view exercise is a way to decrease stress so if I miss a day I don’t worry about it too much because I know that there is always tomorrow. Another way I schedule it into my busy day is by going to the gym early in the morning or later at night when I need a study break. Luckily, with the increased popularity in social media, there have been numerous individuals in the fitness community that have shared their at-home exercises as well!
According to Merck Manuals the benefits of exercise include decreased blood pressure and an increase in the good cholesterol in the body. It has also been shown to help with various mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Exercise doesn’t mean spending hours at the gym, it can mean taking your dog for a walk, doing push-ups during the commercial break, or even running up the stairs at the hospital during lunch break.
What is your favorite way to release some stress and get your heart rate up?