Simple Ways for Dentists to Improve Physical Fitness

We all know that physical fitness is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Studies show that a sedentary lifestyle can be as bad for your health as smoking. Finding ways to incorporate movement into your daily activities, especially if you’re dealing with a dental transition can help you meet your physical fitness needs and reduce your stress levels.

Whether you’re a new dentist or you’re in the later stages of your career, there are several key things you can do to incorporate more activity into your daily life and improve your physical fitness:

  1. Count your steps. Experts say 10,000 steps a day is the sweet spot. Use one of the many fitness devices on the market to monitor how many steps you take each day and determine where you may need to change some of your habits to get more steps in.
  2. Find something you love to keep you moving and healthy at the same time. Hiking, biking, walking, swimming, sailing, yoga, and martial arts are just a few examples of activities that get you moving and keep you healthy at the same time.
  3. Pay special attention to your back. Many dentists deal with lower back pain. Core exercises are key to keeping your back in good physical shape to meet the demands of your job. The core area is comprised of the abdominals, glutes, and back. The “trunk” of your body.
  4. Look for places you can sneak in extra steps. Park at the far side of the parking lot so you have to walk a bit longer to get into the office. Skip the elevator and take the stairs. Take a quick 10-minute walk during your lunch break.
  5. Change your commuting options. If you live close to your office, consider bicycling to work at least once a week.
  6. Consider hiring a personal trainer. The benefit of a good personal trainer is that they can pay attention to your problem areas and focus on exercises to help build these areas.
  7. Find a fitness partner. Pair up with a friend or dental associate to keep each other motivated and moving. It’s a great way to be accountable for your daily activities.

Dental schools are now incorporating the importance of physical fitness into their curriculum after finding that dentists who exercise regularly report less back pain than those that do not have a fitness regimen. If you’re having trouble getting more movement and activity in your day, follow some of the tips above.


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Dental Transition: Journaling for Stress Relief

If you’re in the process of selling a dental practice, it’s likely that you’re feeling a little stress. One of the easiest and most effective methods to reduce stress during a transition is journaling. Not only does journaling provide an outlet for stress but it is also a proven tool to boost productivity in your work day. It clears your mind and allows you to look at things from a fresh perspective. Sometimes just the act of writing down what you’re concerned about can help you discern a solution.

While there are three different types of journaling that are most effective at relieving stress, journaling can be as simple as making a to-do list.

Here are three examples of journaling styles you can try:

Free Thought Journaling

Free thought journaling can be done first thing in the morning or at night before bed. Author Julia Cameron is a big believer in what she calls “Morning Pages.” These are three pages of journaling first thing in the morning. Put everything that’s on your mind down on paper and keep writing until you have filled three notebook pages or until 30 minutes have passed. At some point you will find that something shifts and creativity starts to flow, bringing forth new ideas and solutions to situations you may be struggling with during this transition.

Another benefit to the morning pages method is that it gets all of the “to-do list” items out of your mind and on to paper. This frees your mind and allows for increased productivity as you take care of patients during your day. With the menial tasks out of your mind and on paper, more important things can be attended to.

Gratitude Journal

The gratitude journal has become very popular in recent years, with good cause. The act of stopping each day to reflect on the good things that have happened and the things you are grateful for can help with feelings of frustration or sadness. At the end of your day write down those positive things that happened that you are grateful for. It could be as simple as that reassuring meeting you had with your local dental broker or attending a child’s birthday party. The point is to find a positive moment and write it down. When you’re having a particularly bad day you will find added benefit in being able to go back and re-read your gratitude lists.

Transitions Journal

The process of selling your dental practice can be consuming and filled with details. Keeping a journal to record everything that is discussed, agreed upon, and any questions that may arise is a great way to keep the process more organized. Keep everything related to the transition in one simple spiral notebook. You can create two separate sections of the notebook, one for things pertinent to selling your practice and the other can be a space to note places you want to go and things you want to do after the transition.

Most people see benefits very quickly with journaling. Find a system that works for you and your schedule, whether it’s alternating days and styles or sticking with one system and doing it daily. The important thing is to get what’s on your mind onto the paper.


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