Healthy Habits: Dr. Laila Woc-Colburn shares her fitness routine

Taking care of your health is a priority and nobody knows that more than physicians and healthcare providers.  Woc-Colburn, Laila

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. Laila Woc-Colburn, assistant professor of infectious diseases and director of medical education at the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, shares some of her healthy habits with us.

Q: What is your go-to healthy breakfast?
A: I have a Magic Bullet and do a protein shake every day. I use Vega One all-in-one nutritional shake. It gives me 6 greens servings, 1.5 omega-3, and antioxidants/probiotics. Of course, this is accompanied by a shot of espresso made with Guatemalan coffee!

Q: What is your favorite type of exercise?
A: I started running two years ago and now I am hooked. My favorite distance is a half-marathon (13.1 miles).

Q: What keeps you motivated during your workout?
A: What I like about running is the mindfulness that it gives me. It is a time that I spend with myself.

Q: What activities do you do when you can’t fit in a full workout?
A: Rounding keeps me going. I take the stairs and walk about 3 miles during rounds. On those days, I do not run. I do stretching and strengthening exercises.

Q: What is your favorite healthful snack?
A: Bananas!

Q: Do you take vitamins and if so, which ones?
A: Vitamin C for its antioxidant effect!

Q: What is your nighttime skin regimen?
A: I take off the grime/makeup of the day with a soothing eye makeup remover made of hibiscus followed by a cleansing foam wash of hibiscus. To finish, I use a night cream.

Q: Do you use a pedometer or Fitbit and what is your daily step goal?
A: I use a Fitbit that I got through the BCM Wellness Vitality challenge last year. I also use my phone to keep track of steps.

Q: What is your favorite health tip that you live by?
A: Is not a health tip but words of wisdom to live by everyday: “With self-discipline, all things are possible.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Additional Resources

How Dr. Andrew Sikora maintains an active lifestyle

Dr. Peggy Smith balances fitness and relaxation

See how Baylor stays fit with more healthy habits from members of our community

See how Baylor promotes a culture of healthy living and wellness

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