“Physical Fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, but it is also the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”  This quote by John F. Kennedy has always resonated with Dr. Vitor Pastorini, Oncologist with Quincy Medical Group.  Committing to fitness is something both he and Dr. Luke Harmer, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon, have done personally and encourage others to do the same.

June is Men’s Health Month and serves as an opportunity to bring awareness to men’s health issues.  Pastorini said in looking at the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data for men, only 52.4% of men 18 years and over met the 2008 federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity through leisure-time aerobic activity.

Taking the first step to fitness, Harmer said, is finding something you enjoy and taking at least 20 minutes a day to do that activity.   “It’s committing to little things.  For those of us with families, it’s getting outside with your spouse or with your kids and going for a walk.  When your kids want to go for a bike ride, it’s not just watching them from your driveway, but it’s getting on your bike and going for a ride around the block with them.”

Pastorini agrees and says setting a personal, achievable goal can help in ensuring follow-through.   “I have always tried to accomplish a simple goal in my life, try to read something every day, eat healthily and never go more than three days without exercise.  That likely will make you sleep better, feel better about yourself and your body, improve your mood and in general make you healthier.”

Written by Erica Douglas