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Putting the Joy into Exercise

Putting the Joy into Exercise
Your relationship with exercise is much better if you don’t think of it as something you have to do. Finding the joy in exercise makes it pleasure, not punishment.

If you can’t fit all of your exercise for the day into one sitting, take a few five-minute fitness breaks. It all adds up. Invite a friend to join you for longer activities like classes and walks.

Listen as Dr. Beth Frates joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to discuss finding the joy in fitness.


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Featured Speaker:
Beth Frates, MD
Beth FratesBeth Frates, MD, is trained as a physiatrist and a health and wellness coach. Her expertise is in lifestyle medicine, and she works to empower patients to reach their optimal level of wellness by adopting healthy habits.

Elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) in 2016, Dr. Frates is helping to shape the scope of this new specialty. She is an award-winning teacher at Harvard Medical School and developed and taught a college lifestyle medicine curriculum at the Harvard Extension School, which is one of the most popular courses offered at the school. As the Director of Wellness Programming at the Stroke Institute for Research and Recovery at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Frates has created and implemented a twelve-month wellness program for stroke survivors and their caregivers. 

She is co-author of the book, Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovering Your Health and Preventing Another Stroke and co-author of three chapters on behavior change in different medical textbooks, and multiple journal articles on lifestyle medicine topics including exercise prescription, connection prescription, lifestyle medicine case series, and walking meeting for sustained weight loss. She shared a lifestyle medicine syllabus, which can be downloaded through the ACLM website, in hopes that her work can serve as a template for other instructors and professors hoping to teach a course in lifestyle medicine. 

Dr. Frates is the co-author of the Lifestyle Medicine Handbook: An Introduction to the Power of Healthy Habits. For the past nine years, Dr. Frates has been the faculty advisor for the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group at Harvard Medical School, and she works with the Professionals In Training (PiT) group at ACLM to help create more LMIGs in medical schools and other health care professional training schools. 

Dr. Frates is passionate about developing programs focused on lifestyle medicine and wellness.