Jonathan Kung was just like so many other students attending medical school. His daily life consisted of nothing but attending class, doing homework, and studying for exams. It got to the point when he had no time for anything else. He didn’t even have time to go to the gym and workout for 30 minutes per day. His number one objective was to focus on his studies and create a strong foundation of medical knowledge. That way, he could make his parents proud.
His parents always stressed the importance of a good education. They didn’t want him to struggle the way they did for so many years. Since they worked so hard to give him a chance at a better life, he did not want to disappoint them. So, he consumed himself with his academic studies while ignoring his own physical and mental health and wellness.
Finding a Strong Balance
Jonathan eventually graduated from medical school and then completed seven years of training to become a licensed Gastroenterologist. He did not waste any time and soon found a job as a staff Gastroenterologist at a major hospital. He enjoyed treating countless patients each week, but soon found the need to identify a strong balance between professional life and personal wellness.
“I went from a long and strenuous academic life to a long and strenuous professional life,” said Jonathan. “I continued to neglect my health for several years. But as I continued to treat patients and witnessed all the health issues they faced from years of personal neglect, I realized that I didn’t want the same thing to happen to me. That was when I started to understand and appreciate the true value of health and wellness.”
Exercise: The Natural Treatment for Health and Wellness
Jonathan was determined to improve his physical and mental health. Whenever he wasn’t working his shift at the hospital, Jonathan found time to visit the gym and practice his boxing training. He also played more basketball and soccer as well. The feeling of performing more physical activity helped him feel better mentally and emotionally as well.
“I wasn’t so stressed out anymore,” said Jonathan about the results of working out and focusing on his health. “I could actually go to work feeling calm and relaxed rather than tense and agitated.”
Physical activity is an important component of feeling better as a whole. So many people neglect their health as they get older because they become so distracted with all their other adult responsibilities. But just because you’re an adult, it doesn’t mean you should stop working out and having fun. Don’t let your career be the only thing in your life. Pursue the activities that excite you in life. That is the only way anyone can find true happiness.
Jonathan gives this advice to his patients and the people he connects with on social media. He currently has an Instagram account called “jonny_kay,” which he uses to inspire others and share meaningful advice with them.