Achieving and maintaining good health can look a bit different for everyone, including health care providers. In this series, we spotlight a Polyclinic provider’s approach to their physical and mental health.
A Q & A with pediatrician Aisha Reuler, MD, FAAP, CLE
What are your go-to healthy foods?
What are your splurge foods?
“Sometimes you just NEED chocolate!”
What are some of your favorite ways to move (and how often)?
“I try to move as much as I can when I’m not at work. I aim for 4 days a week of exercise and like to keep it varied – going for a run, HIIT strength training in a group setting, and my current obsession: dance fitness!”
What is some favorite healthful advice you received and why?
“If you are looking to change a behavior towards a goal, start with small/baby steps that you are likely to be successful in taking, then build on this. If you sleep 5 hours a night and want to sleep 8, start by trying to get 5.5 and work from there. I like this advice, because it sets you up for success and is realistic.”
What is some healthful advice you give to your patients and why?
“I tend to advise patients that moderation is key. It can be really difficult to sustain a healthy choice if you are aiming for complete deprivation from the things that you really enjoy/crave (within reason). There are benefits to your well-being to indulge every once in a while, and there is less guilt when there isn’t the pressure of ‘NEVER’ hanging over you (again, within reason – some choices really are bad).”
What did you learn in your medical training that inspires or reminds you to take care of your health?
“I saw how innately resilient children were as compared to some of my adult patients which helped me truly appreciate that, as I age, it may not be as easy to ‘bounce back’ or recover from illness/injury or to handle stressors. So, I better do what I can to try and take care of myself as the youthful resilience wears off!”
What are some of your favorite ways to practice self-care?
“Dance, exercise, play games, share laughs, and be around loving family and friends.”