I am just about halfway through my presidency and have been dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle while juggling the responsibilities of being MSNJ President as well as the responsibilities in my personal and professional life. I can tell you it hasn’t been easy, but it’s been very rewarding.
We’ve been making progress on building the fitness center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. It should hopefully be open in the next few weeks. A few days ago, I attended the medical staff meeting at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and spoke of the “Fit Doc” Challenge in hopes of inspiring their physicians to work on a health and fitness plan up there. Dr. Ruth Schulze, MSNJ first-vice president and current medical staff president at Valley Hospital was committed to developing this initiative with the hospital administration. I look forward to hearing how it goes.
Since I began this program in May, I’ve been looking and feeling better. I have altered my workout routine to incorporate weights, walk/running on the treadmill and using the elliptical machine. I must admit that I was not too keen on using the elliptical at first because it incorporated muscle groups that I haven’t really focused on or thought about. But after about two weeks of getting used to, I’ve got the hang of it and am burn calories effectively and getting a good cardiovascular workout.
I’m preparing to run some 5k races in and around Middlesex County and am looking forward to a holiday race through New Brunswick in December. For now, I am off to the AMA House of Delegates Interim Meetings in New Orleans for the next week and have made sure that my running shoes are packed.
Get fit, stay fit.