From A Doctor To A Trainer
A powerfully inspiring tale of how fitness can heal, by a ‘Health & Nutrition’ reader.
“I still work as an orthodontist, but on weekends, I am a fitness trainer. Professionals in healthcare are devoted to treating disease, but fitness trainers primarily help people avoid disease.”
It was a little unusual for me, a practicing orthodontist for the past 16 years, to take up the ACE (personal trainer) course and learn about fitness science. It all started when I left my full-time job as a consultant with a corporate dental chain owing to my poor back health – a professional hazard. I was advised complete bed rest and was put on painkillers. Following that, I was instructed to do back strengthening exercises and follow a more active lifestyle in contrast to the sedentary routine that I had. Before that, my so called healthy lifestyle was confined to occasional walks and some fad diets to lose weight. My doctor husband now forced me to join
a gym and advised me to sign up for personal training sessions so that I could be more regular with my exercise routine. My health coach introduced me to various modalities of workouts – from cardio to balance to strength training. My workout was personalized, and gradually, I started enjoying and looking forward to my sessions. I realized what wonders regular exercise and clean diet was doing to my physical and emotional health. I started appreciating the benefits of all kinds of training, specially weight training for women to help strengthen bones. My coach helped me progress and achieve my targets – optimum weight, endurance and strength. She was patient in handling all my queries, and designing the program with my inputs as well. After working out with her for a year-and-a-half, she suggested I take up this course called ACE, considering the interest I had developed in this field. I always wanted to take my passion for fitness to the next level but it took me another three months to convince myself at the age of 37 to start something new. After careful consideration, I realized it was actually a service profession, and an extension of what I was doing – rendering health. It was not easy in the beginning with my hectic professional and personal life but with constant support from my family, I managed to clear my ACE exam in flying colours in the first attempt. I still work as an orthodontist, but on weekends, I am a fitness trainer. I learnt a very meaningful lesson – many professionals in healthcare are devoted to treating disease, but fitness trainers primarily help people avoid disease. Carrying my passion for fitness forward, I intend to continue doing this and contribute my bit to help people adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Dr Ruchi Sinha