This past Monday, Dr. Ivan Hernandez of Executive Park Physical Therapy in Yonkers, New York launched his annual six-week virtual weight loss Transformation Program. Inspired by his own personal metamorphosis, Dr. Ivan has made it his mission to help men and women regain their health, specifically after life-altering experiences. Dr. Ivan talks staying healthy in the New Year, his 6 Week Transformation and his new book Courage to Continue slated to release in Spring 2017.
How did you become a fitness enthusiast?
Fitness has always been apart of my life. Following in the footsteps of my older brother who was in sports, the start of my fitness journey revolved around baseball and basketball. As I entered early adulthood, my fitness training centered around strength and conditioning while participating in various activities to maintain my fitness level. These include competing in marathons and triathlons, bodybuilding, and recreational sports. I have always been physically active, which is consistent with my personality and my philosophy of “movement is life. If you’re not moving you’re not living.”
In 2015, you suffered from a mild heart attack, what was the cause of that?
For the most part, I was very healthy. I did all the things that are the epitome of a healthy lifestyle, including: being physically active, having a nutritious diet, and adequate rest. There was one element I neglected, which was mental health. Due to the events of my current social life and not practicing stress management techniques, the unfortunate result was a mild heart attack. That’s why stress management has become a major pillar of health that I advocate for.
Stress actually plays a major part in many health issues. What are your thoughts on how to keep stress levels down?
There are a number of ways including exercise, meditation, deep breathing, and yoga. The goal is to partake in an activity that calms down the nervous system.