Healthy Habits: Dr. Sara Andrabi enjoys Zumba, doing puzzles – Baylor College of Medicine News

Healthy Habits: Dr. Sara Andrabi enjoys Zumba, doing puzzles – Baylor College of Medicine News

It can sometimes be difficult to find ways to stay healthy, so we’ve asked members of our Baylor College of Medicine community to share what they do in their daily lives to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Sara Andrabi, assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the assistant medical director at Ben Taub Hospital Emergency Center, shares some of her healthy habits with us.

Q: What health decisions start your day?
A: Mornings can be hectic in a family of five. I try to minimize my morning stressors by shifting tasks to the night before, like packing the kids’ lunches, getting clothes out for the next morning, tidying up the house. I feel like it helps me sleep better knowing that I’m not constantly worrying about the long list of things I have to do in the morning.

Q: What is your go-to healthy breakfast?
A: I usually don’t get very hungry in the mornings and eat breakfast on the go. My easy go-to healthy breakfast is a fruit smoothie. We try to keep all sorts of berries and other fresh fruit in the house. I blend that with some Greek yogurt, milk and whatever greens I have in the fridge. Another hack I use is when I’m behind on groceries and don’t have any fresh fruit, I tend to keep a couple of packets of frozen berries and pineapples in my freezer that I can use as a backup.

Q: What is your favorite type of exercise?
A: I love doing Zumba and kickboxing. In general, group exercise classes tend to motivate me to continue even when I’m getting tired. It’s a great way to meet people as well. When COVID happened, we started playing dance games on the Nintendo Switch with my kids as an easy, fun way to keep active when unable to go the gym.

Q: What keeps you motivated during your workout?
A: Watching others around me working hard definitely keeps me motivated. This is why I enjoy group exercise classes so much.

Q: What activities do you do when you can’t fit in a full workout?
A: During the pandemic, we got an elliptical machine for the house. So, if I can’t fit in a full workout, I try to do just a little bit of cardio on the elliptical after I put the kids to sleep.

Q: What have you been doing to stay healthy during COVID-19? Do you have any advice for coping with the pandemic?
A: For physician parents, this pandemic has put them in a position where they are caring for patients and families at home during the COVID crisis. My husband and I sat down with our kids to discuss what was going on. You have to meet kids where they are at and our approach to each child was very different. For my oldest, that meant answering questions about what a virus is, why is this virus different than others, and him repeatedly asking (to this day), why he is not able to just stomp on …….


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