Taking care of your health is a priority and nobody knows that more than physicians and healthcare providers.
It can sometimes be difficult to find ways to stay healthy, so we’ve asked members of our Baylor College of Medicine community to share what they do in their daily lives to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Mark Adickes, chief of the division of sports medicine and associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor, shares some of his healthy habits with us.
Q: What health decisions start your day?
A: Do I work out in the a.m. or p.m.?
Q: What is your go-to healthy breakfast?
A: Banana with natural peanut butter.
Q: What is your favorite type of exercise?
A: I mix it up. Because of my arthritis, the stationary bike is my cardio of choice. I also do yoga for flexibility along with weights and core work for strength.
Q: What keeps you motivated during your workout?
A: I enjoy pushing myself as it reminds me of my playing days.
Q: What activities do you do when you can’t fit in a full workout?
A: I do a quick stretch then break a sweat on a stationary bike. That means as little as eight minutes of cardio. I can complete a workout in as little as 10 minutes. The key is to maintain the habit of exercise.
Q: What is your favorite healthful snack?
A: Protein bar.
Q: Do you take vitamins and if so, which ones?
A: O.N.E. multivitamin.
Q: What do you include in your child’s lunch?
A: Lean protein, fruits and vegetables. They say kids tease them for their “lame” lunches.
Q: How do you make an unhealthy recipe healthy (healthy substitutions)?
A: We made cauliflower pizza the other night. The crust was puréed cauliflower with feta cheese. Then we made homemade tomato sauce with a little cheese and spicy garbanzo beans were the pepperoni.
Q: What is your nighttime skin regimen?
A: Sleep, hydration and exercise are the key to healthy skin. Alcohol dehydrates as does nicotine.
Q: What hobbies do you have to help you relax?
A: I enjoy doing my TV work a great deal but parenting is my greatest joy.
Q: What is your go-to Houston restaurant for a healthy meal?
A: Barnaby’s has the best salads and we drop in and pick up regularly.
Q: Do you use a pedometer or Fitbit and what is your daily step goal?
A: I use the app built into the phone. As an orthopedic surgeon, I’ll do 7,000 steps on a clinic day (seeing patients) and 3,500 on a surgery day.
Q: What is your favorite health tip that you live by?
A: Sleep before midnight is most important. As a doctor you pretty much have to be an early riser, so I am not ashamed to be the first one in my home to jump in bed.