- Unfortunately, I cannot control my family history. However, we can control risk factors. For me as a person of African descent and as many my family history is rich with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. I can and do reduce my risks by maintain a healthy weight with a good BMI (Body Mass Index)
- Exercise relieves stress and burnout. My days and nights are long. I am up many nights taking care of patients. In the same token, I strive to take care of myself. There by improving my mood and state of mind.
- Keeps me accountable to my accountability partner and my closet. I am really not interested in changing size. In addition, I practice what I preach. As a physician during preventive health visits and other visits, I am obligated to discuss eating habits and exercise regiments.
- To maintain a certain level of fitness, muscle mass and, bone density.
- Increases my chances of living longer, thus increases my chance of enjoying more of life. Let’s face it you’ve ever been to a nursing home; the residents are usually slim individuals. The obese/overweight have a shorter life span and many times don’t live to make the decision regarding assisted living facilities or nursing homes. I am striving to live a long healthy life.