What Do You Do to Stay Healthy?

February 12, 2010

Robert E. Kramer had run out of excuses for not taking his own advice to be physicially fit. So he took up running.

Robert E. Kramer had run out of excuses for not taking his own advice to be physicially fit. So he took up running. In this month's Physician Writer Search column, Dr. Kramer tells about how he worked up to regular runs and dropped some weight:

"By 38, I proudly realized that I was a runner. I had finally accomplished what I had put off for all of those years. I was in the best shape of my life and felt truly healthy."

But, he continues, a couple years later he had fallen off the wagon and realized there is always something lurking to throw him off his running routine. He writes:

"In the end I’ve learned an important lesson. Living a healthy lifestyle, day after day, month after month, will always be a lifelong struggle. It helps me relate to my patients, who often face even greater obstacles than I do in their bid to be healthier. I keep reminding them that lifestyle change is a marathon, not a sprint."

What do you do to stay healthy?