Sunday, October 23, 2016

Find Your Fitness

One of the things that kept me from getting back to blogging post-boards was a lack of balance.  In medicine it's so easy to get caught up in school and work that you lose sight of all the other aspects of life.  At the same time being in the hospital daily is the ultimate reminder of how important it is to at least take care of your health, especially when so many suffer with conditions that can be prevented with diet, exercise, and not smoking. 

I think part of the reason I've never been able to find a fitness program or routine that "sticks" is because I've always run after what I thought ideal fitness looked like.  I wanted to be the runner or yogi or weight lifting 'fit chick' I've seen in magazines, on Instagram, or online.  But, at the end of the day you have to find what works for you.  Sometimes it's hard not to compare, but their journey is their own.  Their results also didn't come overnight.  Be patient with yourself.  Be honest with yourself.  If you don't like running, don't force yourself to run.  If yoga doesn't get your adrenaline going, don't do it.  

Where to get started?
  • There are hundreds and thousands of free resources from YouTube to your cable provider (you likely already have access to "watch when you want" programming which often includes free exercise instructional videos).  
  • Don't forget about school or work.  At the very least most schools do have a gym with fitness classes.  
  • If you need a change of scenery or want to meet some new people get a membership or try out a class.  Many places offer the first class free to try (check Yelp for special deals and introductory promos). 
  • But if you're working on a tight budget, go for what you're already paying for.  In terms of convenience, homeworkouts are the best. 
  • Many neighborhoods also have public meet ups for things like running and yoga.  It's okay to need the community and accountability they can offer.  
For me the two best workouts I've ever had have been indoor rock climbing and a couple of kickboxing classes.  Since climbing isn't currently in my budget, I've been using PopSugar kickboxing videos, and I love it!  If you're looking for a simple, one stop full-body workout I highly recommend it.   

And if you're looking for a little inspo, check out these ladies on Instagram who inspire me to balance fitness and school/career! 

Resident Physician and Yogi: @shanny_do
Medical Student and Runner: @kelsey_robinson
Psychiatrist and Blogger @freudandfashion
Medical Student and Marathoner @medicineandmerlot 
Emergency Medicine Physician @dr.majestic_md
Medical Student and Lifter @prettystrongmed
Dermatology Resident and Blogger

And as always for a peak of what I'm up to in between posts, follow along on Instagram (@_inspirationele_)!


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