Mary Louise earned both her Bachelors in biomedical engineering and Masters in mechanical engineering from Boston University. She is now pursuing her MD at BU. In her free time she works as a personal trainer and writes her blog, Healthy Girl on the Run. We definitely recommend this fun and informative blog. To give you a sneak peek of what you will find, Mary Louise has put together some tips to get you going in a healthy direction for 2015!
With the arrival of the New Year comes new resolutions and goals. Losing weight and getting fit were reported as the number 1 and 5 New Year’s resolutions in 2014, respectively. This year, you might be working towards getting that promotion, defending your dissertation, or applying to grad school or your first job. If you also have the goal of beginning or maintaining a healthier lifestyle, and want some tips on ensuring success, this post is for you. However, there are certain factors in a person’s life that can become obstacles to reaching these goals. Many of us working in the STEM fields feel the stress of packed schedules and high expectations on a daily basis. As a former engineer at a medical device firm, I was also pursuing my Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at night part-time. Now, currently as a medical student, the challenges of balancing my schedule and leaving time for fitness are even greater. Using these experiences, combined with my personal training expertise (I am ACE-certified), I’ve provided a list of advice to help you achieve and maintain your health and wellness goals, given a busy lifestyle.
1. It’s a lifestyle change, NOT a quick fix.
2. Learn to balance.
3. Prep ahead of time!
4. Plan for tough times.
5. (And this brings me to my next point...) Start small.
6. Get friends and family on board.
7. Get enough sleep.
8. Eat when you're hungry.
9. Do not skip meals!
Lastly, remember to BE POSITIVE! Change takes time, and day by day, week by week, you will start to notice changes, whether it’s with your energy, attitude, ability to walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath. You can do this!
- Sit ups
- Push ups (*modify by doing on your knees)