National Doctors Day is celebrated on July 1 every year in India to recognize the valuable contribution of doctors and other healthcare workers towards the well-being of people in this country. This Doctors Day, Etimes Lifestyle asked doctors to share ONE healthy habit they themselves follow everyday, without fail. Their responses will leave you inspired!
Dr.Akshat Chadha, Lifestyle Doctor, follows THIS super simple and effective daily routine, that works wonders for his health and fitness:
GLASS OF WARM WATER
“I think for me how I start and end my day sets the tone right. So starting my day with a glass of warm water (I could be anywhere in the world) and then follow it up with a fruit or nuts and ending the day with dinner 2-3 hrs before bedtime is an absolute mandatory habit.”
“Just by doing this I’m able to keep my gut healthy, plus feel energetic in the morning (even on the days I don’t feel great on waking up), it also helps my metabolism (helping me keep my belly fat in check) and above everything helps me with a good night's sleep.”
One habit that most doctors swear by, is working out in one form or another. From engaging in a spot daily, to rolling out their yoga mat, these doctors practice what they preach.
Dr Sachin Shah, Director – Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Services, Surya Hospitals Pune:
“I am an avid tennis player. Playing tennis every day has become an integral part of my daily life. It helps me remain fit by providing a dynamic workout – continuous movements, sprints and rallies have helped me build muscle strength and endurance. Moreover, engaging in this sport helps me unwind, thereby reducing stress and alleviating anxiety.”
Dr Hisham Ahamed, Associate Professor and Consultant Cardiologist, Amrita Hospital, Kochi:
“Every day, without fail, I carve out an hour from my schedule to engage in regular exercise. Basketball is my sport of choice, and it has become a commendable habit that significantly enhances both my personal and professional life. This daily commitment not only exemplifies my focus to maintaining a healthy lifestyle but also serves as an inspiration to my patients and colleagues.”
Dr Anjali Kumar, Director, Obstetrics, and Genecology, CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram:
“The one healthy habit that I follow everyday without fail is practicing yoga. We doctors go through a lot of stress and hence, yoga can help me relax while improving my focus and productivity for the rest of the day.”
Dr Sarika Kakwani, Psychiatrist, London, UK:
15 MINS OF EXERCISE
“I try to exercise at least for 15 minutes every day ranging from walking, jogging, stretching/yoga and strength training. This is not just for physical health but more importantly for mental health and well being.”
Dr Rajeev Verma Head of orthopedics and joint replacement at HCMCT Manipal Hospital, Dwarka:
“One healthy habit which I have developed over the years is to exercise without fail. Exercising has helped me keep fit and do justice to my job as an orthopedic surgeon which involves a lot of hard work. I am an avid marathon runner and this habit has taken me even to far-flung places and done some prestigious marathons like New York marathon, Chicago Marathon and Amsterdam and Mumbai marathon and to top it all I had qualified for Boston Marathon and this year in April, I ran Boston marathon.”
Dr. Ritu Sethi, Director, The Aura Speciality Clinic, Gurgaon and Senior Consultant, Gynaecology, Cloud Nine Hospital, Gurgaon:
"As a lady doctor, I embrace a transformative daily ritual, one that fuels my spirit and uplifts my well-being with unwavering dedication. Each day, I lace up my shoes and embark on a soul-stirring journey of healing – a brisk walk amidst the embrace of nature. In the gentle rhythm of my footsteps, I find solace, clarity, and revitalization.”
Dr Shuchi Sharma, Consultant dermatologist:
"I ensure to eat my meals on time and always use the stairs in place of the lift."
Practicing mindfulness through meditation is another healthy habit that many doctors embrace daily to reconnect with themselves and dust away the stress of hectic work routines.
Dr Udgeath Dhir, Director and Head of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS), Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram:
Water Rowing Machine Exercise
“For me the key to calm myself is a combination of yoga, water rowing machine exercise and meditation. Though all of us follow some routine, but for these I try not to compromise. Even after a tough case, I try to meditate. Summing up the day with a “Thank You” note is another routine.
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor, Founder-Director and Senior Psychiatrist, Manasthali:
"Amidst life's chaos, I nurture my soul with one unwavering healthy habit each day, devoted to my mental well-being. With resolute commitment, I gift myself the sacred time to meditate, allowing my thoughts to settle and my mind to find tranquility.”
Along with these evidently healthy practices, there are many other healthy habits that we often neglect, but hold immense importance for our well-being.
Dr. Vijay Gurjar, Sr. Consultant & HOD- Internal Medicine, Primus Super Specialty Hospital, shares one such simple yet important daily habit:
“One healthy habit that doctors often follow every day without fail is practicing good hand hygiene. Doctors understand the importance of maintaining clean hands to prevent the spread of germs and infections. Adopting a similar habit of practicing good hand hygiene is something everyone can do to promote their own health and protect those around them.”
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