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Exercising activities in the right proportion.

October 27, 2013

I was a runner for many years, and really loved the sport. Eventually, I started getting injuries, so I saw a podiatrist, who was a runner himself. I remember sitting in his office once with a metatarsal sprain, and wishing I was in as great a shape as he was. He talked about how much he loved to run. When I finally gave up running altogether and started walking, at first, I was really jealous of all the runners I saw on the street. But eventually I started really enjoying walking; it gives you a real decent workout while being good for your body.

Well, the other day I went to see my podiatrist, after not having seen him for several years. He looked as fit as ever. I told him what was going on, and then he told me that he had just gotten two hip replacements, that all of the running had taken a toll on his body. He said he wished that he had listened to his body and stopped running, before it was too late. I just sat there in shock.

There are so many things I could say about this. I could say how attached we are to our bodies, and to certain images of ourselves. How these attachments are so strong that we’ll do just about anything to keep them alive. How being a doctor doesn’t prevent us from hurting ourselves. How grateful I am that I listened to my body, and stopped running. What would you say?


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