Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Internal Medicine Residents: Are Future Physicians Becoming Deconditioning?

I noticed a huge decrease in my physical activity as I started medical school. This makes me wonder what will my exercise routine be like in residency? A study from 2016 looked at two internal medicine residency programs to assess internal medicine residents’ exercise habits as well as their cardiorespiratory fitness age. The study found that 34% of participants of the health survey sent out reported exercising everyday prior to residency and only 4% reported exercising everyday during residents, with 79% indicating that residency obligations were the main reason why there was a decline in exercise. Shockingly, residents’ calculated mean fitness age, which indicated cardiovascular health, was 5.6 years higher than their mean chronological age. This indicates that the lack of exercise in residency is leading to declining health in residents. I think this should be a wake up call to residency programs to make sure that residents have access to the gym in the hospital that is easy and convenient. Furthermore residents should be encouraged with incentives to exercise regularly.

 

  1. Farshid Daneshvar,Michael Weinreich, Danial Daneshvar, Michael Sperling, Chadi Salmane, Harout Yacoub, James Gabriels, Thomas McGinn, and Marianne C. Smith (2017) Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Internal Medicine Residents: Are Future Physicians Becoming Deconditioned? Journal of Graduate Medical Education: February 2017, vol 9, No. 1, 97-101

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