by Carrie Jurney DVM DACVIM (Neuro)
As a bonus to that little mental health boost, I get all of the side benefits of physical fitness: Weight loss, my back pain goes away, I can lift those really fat Beagles, lowered blood pressure and black toenails. Okay, that last one is not actually great, but I wear my ugly toenails with pride.
Running also has provided me with an easily renewable goal.
I think a lot of vets are very goal-oriented people, but at some point in your career new goals are difficult to find. I finished school, became a doctor- now what? Well, running is always another goal. There’s always another race to train for, another mile to run- you can always run a little faster, etc.
So running is a huge part of my self-care largely due to the mental benefits. How about you guys- what’s your go to exercise?
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