A recent survey commissioned by Orlando Health found that the #2 excuse men make for not seeing their family doctor on an annual basis is that they are afraid of finding out something is wrong with them. The #1 excuse is that they are too busy. Both excuses are short-sighted and potentially life-threatening.
That’s why Anytime Fitness is proud to be partnering with the Drive for Men’s Health, an ambitious campaign designed to encourage men to get over their fears and make appointments with their primary care physicians once a year.
Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt and Dr. Sijo Parekattil (pictured above) are driving cross country—from Orlando to Los Angeles— stopping at 10 Anytime Fitness gyms along the way, where they will share tips on how men can overcome their excuses for taking care of their health.
- June 9 – Windermere, FL – Anytime Fitness
- June 10 – Atlanta, GA – Anytime Fitness
- June 11 – Kensington, MD – Anytime Fitness
- June 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Anytime Fitness
- June 12 – Somerset, NJ – Anytime Fitness
- June 14 – Cleveland, OH – Anytime Fitness
- June 15 – Chicago, IL – Anytime Fitness
- June 17 – Las Vegas, NV – Anytime Fitness
- June 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Anytime Fitness
Joining the two doctors on the 10-day, 6,000 mile coast-to-coast journey will be Clay Harris, the owner of the Anytime Fitness gym in Windermere, FL. Clay is a great example of how men can spare themselves some heartache and pain by regularly seeking the advice of doctors on a variety of common health issues.
“About five years into our marriage, my wife Wendi and I began trying to expand our family,” said Clay. “Unfortunately, we lost a baby at roughly 30 weeks into the pregnancy. We then endured roughly four years of infertility treatments. The result from each treatment was the same: we continued to lose the baby at various stages of the pregnancies. In the midst of this journey I visited a urologist who specialized in male factor infertility. I ended up having surgery to correct something called varicocele. Varicocele is one of the main causes for male infertility. We began to work out and eat healthier and just enjoy life. I was getting into the best physical shape of my life. Low and behold, we got pregnant and nine months later my wife delivered our son, AJ. If I hadn’t sought help and advice from my doctors, Wendi and I almost certainly never would have been blessed with the love of our lives.”
Clay’s message to men who would rather not know what’s wrong with them than see a doctor about a health issue: “Don’t let your ego, pride or fear get in the way of leading a healthy lifestyle. Go to the doctor, work out, eat healthy, and enjoy life.”
The public is welcome to attend the doctors’ presentations at any of the 10 Anytime Fitness clubs on the Drive for Men’s Health Tour. Admission is free. Additionally, followers are encouraged to engage with the doctors and share their excuses and what has helped them stop making excuses for going to the doctor on the following social media channels, using the hashtags #Drive4Men, #D4MH and #DropYourExcuse
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