From A Doc­tor To A Trainer

A pow­er­fully in­spir­ing tale of how fit­ness can heal, by a ‘Health & Nu­tri­tion’ reader.

Health & Nutrition - - SUCCESS STORY - DR RUCHI SINHA sruchi112@ya­hoo.com

“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

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