Physician, Train Thyself

Surfing, paddleboarding, swimming, running, road biking, mountain biking, cross-training — Dr. Jack Considine does it all.

“If I had to put it in simple words, my workouts are variable and brief. Most of them are 30 minutes to a maximum of 60 minutes,” Considine says. He focuses on core and cardio, but he likes to mix it up as much as possible.

As a physician, Considine understands the mechanism of injury. He’s a musculoskeletal radiologist, so he treats everything from sports injuries to arthritis. As an athlete, he admits he doesn’t always practice what he preaches: “My brain says I’m in my 20s, but my body says I’m not. As you get older, you don’t bounce anymore. Tiggers bounce. I go thud,” he jokes.

With that personal and professional knowledge, he gives good advice for bouncing back throughout life. “Strive to do something every day. You can get a phenomenal workout in 10-15 minutes. In your 20s, don’t forget about cardio. From 40 to 60, it’s core, core, core. A strong core, anatomically, is more important than anything else for overall fitness. For elderly patients, protect your joints by avoiding full range of motion under strain of the weights.”

Considine sees a lot of injuries and has suffered some himself, but ultimately, being active is a joy and a pleasure. “Working out to look better is a mistake. Use exercise as a means of feeling better, the rest will follow,” he says – a prescription for a life lived in motion.  

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