If you are a woman, from Calgary and in medicine, you might have been one of enthusiastic participants who got together to celebrate the Fitness in Medicine Retreat 2017 (pictured above).
What does a Fitness in Medicine Retreat look like? Well, it’s a moment for women of all ages, training levels and interests to get together to support, motivate and inspire one another, while getting a little bit sweaty of course.
The weekend started with each of us reflecting on what health means to us and what a healthy version of ourselves looks like. With that in mind, we started moving. A few workouts and a movement fundamentals class got us off on the right foot, followed by lunch and nutrition talks leading into an afternoon of yoga and the opportunity for a manicure and massage.
Day two started off with obstacle course racing, lunch and mentorship talks followed by a workout, an interactive meditation session on yoga and a closing mindful yoga practice.
Sport and athletics have been a part of my entire life, most recently competing in obstacle course racing and crossfit. And for those of you who know me, there’s no doubt I practice what I preach. The retreat weekend is all about women getting together to share and support one another. It is a unique opportunity for all levels, from first-year medical students to mid-career practicing physicians, to try new things. We talked about personal goals and achieving balance in a medical life. We mentored the doctors of tomorrow by sharing the ways we keep life perspective amongst the busyness of career, friends and family.
It is so rewarding to hear the women talk about how they approach different aspects of medicine and learn from one another. The environment of physical fitness breaks down barriers, so information flows freely. There is even some research behind exercise and learning retention!