Part of becoming me again, isn’t just about the mental but also the physical. The physical will help me reach the mental as exercise has been known to help reduce stress and anxiety. Medical school is a stressful environment and journey. That is why I have continuously given doctors the props they deserve because the journey to where they are right now, was a hard and long one. One that’s filled with self doubt and a lot of sacrifices. One of the sacrifices I have made for myself, so I can do well during my journey in medical school, is stop working out. I haven’t worked out in months. I have become part of the sedentary community, where my biggest activity is walking from my home to the shopping center, that’s a few blocks away from me. I also feel anxious from doing nothing and can feel as if I ran a mile, after climbing a couple of stairs. This isn’t who I used to be and I am ready to become me again.
To start that journey, I have found a reasonable 10 minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout video on You Tube. For at least 3 weeks, I will be doing this at least 4-5 days a week, with 3 days out of the week involving weight lifting.
To allow me the flexibility to perform these exercises, while still being in medical school; which requires that I work at the hospital and keep up to date with the information that’s relevant to the electives I have chosen for myself, I will be doing these right after I come home from work. 10 minutes to work out, and about 15-20 to clean off afterwards. I can afford to give up at least 25-30 minutes a day, to becoming healthy again, during the week.
So without further ado, I present my chosen 10 minute HIIT workout regimen: