As a female dentist one of the most important aspects to practicing dentistry is taking care of YOURSELF. I will be honest with you, there are times where I put everyone else first and my health last! I am sure you all can relate. But, I have learned the best way to lead is leading by example, so here is my story.

Working out from home has been a lifesaver for my schedule. Communities like BBG (Bikini Body Guide) and TIU (Tone it Up) are taking over the fitness market through apps and social media. What I needed was a small community and individual attention in my own home. And guess what ladies, I found it!

While I was in dental school, I started going to Maria’s Friday afternoon class at the Nova Southeastern RecPlex and got hooked. The last thing I had the energy to do on a Friday was to do 100 squats, but I ended up leaving week after week with more energy. Soon, I was taking Maria’s circuit blast class and spin class. We even took advantage of the South Florida living with beach workouts. When I graduated dental school, I thought it was over. But to my delight, she launched an online community, the Maria Method, right around this time. (http://mariapontillo.com/2014/05/get-glutes-or-go-home-with-the-10-best-butt-exercises/)

As you can imagine, residency was tough, so started working out in my pajamas in my living room in Baltimore every day before residency. I loved it. There are still days where it is hard to peel myself out of bed (in fact, today was one where my comfy bed won that battle), but it’s so convenient working out in my home.

Why do I love the Maria Method as a dentist?

  1. NO excuses. How many times do you skip the gym because of the weather or the commute? There are no excuses in your home gym! Also, you don’t’ even need a sitter if you have children–how amazing!
  2. Injury prevention. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmqgcIgCo-A) Maria has also trained as a doctor of physical therapy, so she is constantly reviewing and reminding you of the proper technique. Her method all about taking it slow so you perform the exercise with or without modifications effectively and safely.
  3. Accountability. The reason why the larger programs didn’t work for me is that I need someone who knows me and is invested in me as a person. And that is Maria. We have been through sickness, health, busy seasons of life and two moves! I know it sounds like a marriage, but it’s the kind of commitment you need to maintain your body for your career, for your family and for yourself.
  4. Challenge. Maria challenges me every single day. The variability keeps me interested in exercising, and motivated. She recently started an evening Yoga class on Wednesday, which is so refreshing and needed to strengthen my core, a critical part of my dental practice.

Anyways, if you are looking to make a change in your life and get back into a stable fitness routine, Maria offers live online classes Monday through Saturday, in addition to pre-recorded classes as a part of a package. I hope you join me!! (http://mariapontillo.com/virtual-workout-registration/)

xx Erinne

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Dr. Erinne Kennedy is an Ohio State University graduate and comes from Middleport, Ohio. She graduated from the Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine in 2015. Dr. Kennedy loved everything about dental school, especially being involved in organized dentistry. While in dental school she was involved with ASDA (American Student Dental Association) as a local vice president and national contributing editor. After dental school Erinne attend a one-year general practice residency at the VA Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Erinne has a passion for giving back, and is currently working toward a dental public health specialty and a masters in dental education at Harvard University in Boston, MA. Her love for writing and communicating continued after dental school when she became a blogger for IgniteDDS, and alumnus writer for ASDA. Currently, she services as a contributing editor for Dental Product review and on the Junior Editorial board for DeW. In her free time, Dr. Kennedy enjoys exercise in all forms: yoga, weight lifting, group exercise classes, and running. Dr. Kennedy‘s professional affiliations include The American Dental Association, The Massachusetts’s Dental Association, and The Academy of General Dentistry. Contact: erinne.kennedy@ignitedds.com

3 COMMENTS

  1. I agree with Rachel…I try to work out 5 days a week but occasionally I do make excuses. That’s what weekends are for…to work in the workouts you didn’t get done!

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