This Is Exactly How Doctors Work Out to Get (and Stay) in Shape

Updated 06/01/17
Harper and Harley

You confess how much alcohol you drink, how often you work out, and whether or not you regularly apply sunscreen at your annual check-ups. But do doctors actually practice what they preach, specifically when it comes to working out? For reference, the National Institute of Health recommends getting 30 minutes of exercise per day, five days a week. To get a sense of what an ideal week of exercise looks like for those dishing out the advice, Mindbodygreen recently reached out to its team of health professionals.

It appears that some combination of yoga and cardio or weight-lifting is the winning ticket; read their responses below.

"I practice yoga daily, even if it's just for a few minutes, and I make it to an hourlong class three times per week if I'm lucky—although since having a baby, time has been tight! I lift weights two times per week and do cardio at the gym for about 25 minutes once a week. Yoga for me is everything because it has the benefit of both being a workout and relaxing my busy mind at the same time." — Robin Berzan, MD, founder of Parsley Health

"I walk briskly for 5 miles around three to five times per week. On weekdays I walk with a friend for social support, and on weekends I walk with my husband. It's great for our marriage!" — Alice Domar, PhD, director of mind/body services at Boston IVF

"I use a standing desk and 10-minute power walks whenever I need a break. For over 20 years, I used to wake up at 4 a.m. to work out, but now I treasure sleep. So at 6 a.m. I am typically in my basement doing a short yoga flow centered on spinal flexibility, a HIIT workout for 10 to 15 minutes on the treadmill or rower, and then I swing some kettlebells. I am done in under 30 minutes total." — Joel Kahn, MD, author of The Whole Heart Solution

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