An inspiring idea for staying motivated to reach your fitness goals as a physician while engaging the community to be more active (and injury free while doing it!)
By Dasha Nesterova
AMSA Wellness and Student Life Action Committee
Recently I have discovered an orthopedic surgeon who has created a movement among his staff and patients to motivate each other as they train for the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington D.C. I wanted to share this website with you because I found it inspiring that a very busy physician has dedicated part of his time to help educate his patients and help motivate them to accomplish their fitness goals. As part of this free program, individuals can receive professional tips on injury prevention advice and training tips. People in the community can also register to go on weekly runs with the members of the Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, to help them stay motivated and active in the weeks leading up to the marathon. Even if you are not planning on running a marathon, you are still encouraged to attend and utilize their expertise, or just come and join them for fun.
I find this idea inspiring and think such a program can be incorporated at medical schools and within your own hospitals and private practices in the future. Setting a good example and working with the community to be healthy is at the heart of what we do. Take a look at the website and facebook group and see if perhaps you can start such a program as well! It doesn’t have to be just running, perhaps zumba or yoga is more your style. Find what you’re passionate about and see if you can inspire individuals in your community to join you as you develop more active lifestyles.
Check them out here! If you like what you see, show your support.