My responsibilities as a small animal general practitioner involve a lot of sitting. For better or worse, it is something that comes with the job. The time in which I find myself on the phone doing callbacks, sharing lab work results, staring at the computer screen, or lost in a quagmire of seemingly never-ending paperwork on my desk feel as though I am chained to one place. The recent introduction of a portable phone has allowed me to “walk and talk” and break from the previous monotony of simply sitting. I do find that I am more engaged and eager to speak with clients when I can physically move around the space of the hospital, maybe even bounce the tennis ball on the ground, though its primary function is to entertain our eager-to-play large breed dogs if they are dropped off for several hours.
I think that my brain works better when I am physically active. I can feel a major difference on the days when I do not have time to go out for a morning run with my wife before work. It definitely translates to more sluggishness and exhaustion in the clinic. This is why sometimes I will do pushups between each patient who presents to the hospital. There have even been some rainy days with a lull between appointments when a number of my technicians have joined me for a quick seven-minute routine. It definitely fosters camaraderie and makes the day a bit more exciting.