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2 physicians share how they’re staying motivated with their health and wellness this spring—and how you can too

Dr. Charlene Brown is a Board-certified physician and entrepreneur with deep expertise in public health, preventive medicine, and technology innovation. She has served as Deputy Health Commissioner and a Medical Officer at the FDA and USAID. Now, Dr. Brown is a public health consultant supporting companies with COVID vaccine uptake, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and more. She is the founder and CEO of CNA Simulations VR and a graduate of Harvard Medical School.

Martin R. Chavez, MD, leads a team of Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists and serves as Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Fetal Surgery. He has extensive expertise in high-risk pregnancies, ultrasound diagnosis, ultrasound guided procedures and fetal surgery procedures.

Springtime is here and with warmer weather comes more time spent outdoors and an increased focus on our health and wellness routines. Whether you set New Year’s intentions you want to see through, or you’re just looking to find new ways to get active this time of year, staying motivated can be easier said than done.

To help you take on the spring season with a refreshed sense of motivation, we asked medical experts to share how they’re staying on top of their health and wellness this spring—and how you can too!

Dr. Charlene Brown

How do you stay motivated with yourself? When it comes to health and wellness, I struggle to stay motivated just like everyone else. I am able to create overlapping incentives for staying healthy, however, by combining exercise with other activities that I enjoy.

For example, I love walking and I love talking to friends. That’s why I get particularly excited about going for a brisk walk with friends, virtually or in-person. I haven’t seen one of my medical school roommates in more than a year, but we are able to hop on a call and go for our walk “together” in our respective neighborhoods. It’s a great way to stay both healthy and connected.

What advice do you have for someone looking to stay motivated in their health journey? I encourage people who are trying to stay motivated in their health journey to look for the intersection between healthy habits and their passions. I encourage them to explore ways to integrate the things that they love to do with their health journeys. I believe that motivation lives in the space where enjoyment and health overlap.

For example, if you love eating at restaurants because you can spend time with your friends, consider cooking delicious and healthy meals at home and inviting your friends to join you for a virtual or socially distanced meal outdoors. If you love watching science fiction movies, cue up your favorites to watch while you’re at the gym or virtually, with friends.

How can they push forward their 2021 Intentions and keep their health momentum going this spring? Planning makes a huge difference when kickstarting and maintaining your health this spring. It’s easier to maintain momentum when you have a plan for accountability and positive incentives to keep you going. So, what would you like to achieve? Once you know your goals, it can help to set up small, measurable, realistic steps towards achieving them. You can keep track by documenting your progress. Personally, I love relying on an accountability buddy to help me to stay focused on my health goals. Just find the approach that’s most comfortable for you and enjoy your health journey in 2021.

Dr. Martin Chavez

When it comes to health and wellness, how do you stay motivated with yourself and others? Springtime is here, and I’m taking the opportunity to connect with my immediate family. This includes outdoor walks and planning for outdoor planting. This planning includes a walk around the neighborhood and seeing what they might be growing throughout the spring and summer seasons. I try to get my children excited about the process of watching nature emerge and grow. This excitement can be for something that was planted last year and reemerging or a new plant.

What advice would you give someone looking to keep their health momentum going this spring? For individuals and/or families who want to stay motivated, watching nature is a perfect way to get inspired. By setting smaller goals, you’ll find yourself more likely to reach your goals and keep you going. Writing these goals down also helps since it allows you to see progress and feel more enthused in your health journey.

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