Even MDs need a little help figuring out how to exercise enough, eat intelligently, and stay positive. We asked the white-coat crowd to share the best sanity-saving, fitness-boosting advice they've ever gotten. Relate and appreciate, everyone.More
Robert Anolik, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York
"Long before I considered a career in dermatology, I studied molecular biology in college. During a lecture about the structure of collagen, one of the teaching assistants, a guy with a really dry sense of humor, asked the class why it's so important to wear sunscreen every day. When we all chimed in, 'To prevent skin cancer,' he laughed and said for him it was because he wanted to stay beautiful — 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun. That statistic stuck in my head; I had no idea that the sun was the biggest factor in how your skin ages, or that sunscreen had value beyond disease prevention. To be honest, it's the reason I started wearing sunscreen regularly! When my patients come in asking for high-tech anti-aging treatments, I always start out by telling them to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30."
Cedrek McFadden, MD, a colorectal surgeon in Greenville, SC
"When I started my career, one of my attending physicians always took the stairs during rounds — there was no taking the elevator. And of course, we residents followed along. Everyone else would complain about it, but I thought it was a great way to fit in exercise, and now I do the same. Just today I was on rounds with a resident and we were going up three flights. He asked, 'Want to take the elevator?' I said, 'Are you kidding me? Keep climbing!'"