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The Most Popular Workout Routine Among Doctors

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Your doctor is great at giving you health and wellness advice (don’t smoke, limit alcohol, stay active…). But, do they take their own advice? Turns out, at least when it comes to the latter, physicians are walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Most docs today are pretty darn active outside of work, whether they're cycling, running, or hiking, according to a new survey of over almost 5,000 physicians by AMA insurance, an insurance company for doctors.

In fact, running is the top physical activity amongst physicians under 40 years old, with 50 percent of docs in this age group reporting that they lace up “on a regular basis.” And why wouldn’t they, knowing what they (and we!) know about the mental and physical perks? For one, just a seven-minute run per day can protect your heart, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. What’s more, a regular running routine is great for your brain (it's been proven to Counteract Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms)—and can boost your mood. That’s especially important for doctors performing tough procedures and balancing a demanding patient schedule (but crucial for the rest of us, too, with our own individual stressors).

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up some of this Cute Winter Running Gear to Bust Your “It’s Too Cold to Run” Excuse and hit the pavement. Doctor’s orders.

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