Healthy Habits: Cycling, hiking help Dr. Douglas Dirschl stay fit

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. Douglas Dirschl, professor and chair of the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery, shares some of his healthy habits with us.

Question: What health decisions start your day?

Answer: I have a shot of apple cider vinegar first thing every morning.

Q: What is your go-to healthy breakfast?

A: A banana and clementines.

Q: What is your favorite type of exercise?

A: Cycling and hiking up mountains.

Q: What activities do you do when you can’t fit in a full workout?

A: Shorter rides on the Peloton.

Q: What is your favorite healthful snack?

A: Pistachios.

Q: Do you take vitamins and if so, which ones?

A: Multivitamin, vitamin D3, turmeric, N acetyl cystine and fish oil.

Q: How do you make an unhealthy recipe healthy (healthy substitutions)?

A: Ground turkey for other meats; avocado oil for butter.

Q: What is your nighttime skin regimen?

A: Moisturizer with retinoic acid.

Q: What hobbies do you have to help you relax?

A: Reading and breathwork.

Q: What is your go-to Houston restaurant for a healthy meal?

A: Local Foods.

Q: Do you use an activity tracker or Fitbit and what is your daily step goal?

A: Yes (Garmin Fenix 6X), no goal – I use it to track hikes, cycles and heart rate.

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