OPTM Saratoga - March 2018

Monthly THE POWER OF A LONG WALK

In the past couple of months, we’ve seen a huge influx of new patients at OPTM Saratoga. It’s been thrilling and gratifying to see word spreading around the area as the awesome people we guide toward a pain-free life share their experiences with friends and family. However, as the owner of the business, it’s also been busy . It’s been all I can do just to stay on top of everything in the midst of the changes. And as I work longer hours to accommodate the growth of the clinic, I have to make a more conscious effort to carve out time for myself and my family in addition to time spent working on my endless to-do list. Luckily, no matter how hectic life gets, I’ll always have a few minutes to take a walk around the neighborhood. Whether they’re spent with my wife, while our little guy tags along in the stroller, a couple of my friends, or just by myself, walks have become a staple of my day-to-day activities. Back in my college and early professional years, I was an avid runner and mountain biker. But as I opened the clinic and started a family, mountain biking became too time-consuming, and running got harder on my joints. So to stay in shape, I started to take walks nearly every day. Normally, I’ll take a two-mile loop around the neighborhood, but on weekends when I have a little extra time, my neighbor and I will hike around the Anderson Reservoir nearby. It’s a great opportunity to socialize while taking in all the natural beauty, and every once in a while, we’ll even spot a deer or a boar milling around. By now, long walks have become more than a habit or exercise routine. They’re an opportunity to step out of the stresses of daily life — a kind of meditation where I can turn my brain off for a few minutes. Other times, walks give me the space I

Rockich boys walking Fabrices’ favorite local path near Coyote Creek.

need to think about everything I want to accomplish both personally and professionally, making them some of the most productive moments of each day. When the family comes along, a walk is the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with the people I love. Apparently, my 2-year-old agrees. He loves coming along so much that he’s taken to requesting them a few times a week — “Family walk! Family walk!” When we’re overloaded with responsibilities, I think it’s all too easy to get home, slump down on the couch, and veg out watching TV for a couple hours. But in order for me to gain any lasting sense of clarity, and in order for me to stay present both at the clinic and at home, I find a walk around the block is much more beneficial. Since I started walking regularly, it’s enriched my life in ways I never would have imagined.

Dr. Fabrice Rockich

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