This is an excerpt of a guest post written by Dr. Brian Stork for the Urology Times reflecting on Movember. You can read the full post on the Urology Times.
Movember has taken on a more personal meaning for me this year. At the beginning of the month, one of my favorite uncles, a farmer, unexpectedly passed away at 63. As I made the drive back to Iowa to be with family, I thought a lot about his life, and my lifestyle.
The 21st century urologist faces an unprecedented number of challenges and stressors. Perhaps, as a result, many of my colleagues tell me they are rapidly becoming burned out.
When I get stressed out, I tend to eat quickly and poorly. As a result, I tend to gain weight. When I gain weight, I don’t feel much like exercising, and a downward spiral ensues. Paradoxically, the more I exercise, and the more I move, the less I want to eat – I simply feel better, and the spiral reverses.
Therefore, it’s great that, this year, the Movember Foundation has decided to really focus on the benefits of increasing activity through MOVEment.
We need to take care of not only our patients, but also ourselves, and each other. I think, at its core, what Movember is really about is social support.
Don’t be chicken. It’s not too late!
I hope you will consider participating in Movember this year. You can join me on the Michigan Urology Team. If not, please consider donating. Either way, it’s a great opportunity to reflect upon your own lifestyle, and what it might mean, long-term, for your health.
Read more at the Urology Times.