Doctor shares what she would ‘never’ do – from waking up early to riding bike

A doctor revealed the things she will never do – including waking up early.

Dr Nicole Van Groningen, 36, racked up over 38,000 TikTok followers after providing insights into her life working in healthcare. Among the 'day in the life' videos and providing tips on 'inclusive' wellness, the professional has set out to debunk some common misconceptions when it comes to health – and safety.

Through her experience and knowledge the doctor recently posted a clip on things that she avoids, and it quickly went viral. In the caption of the nearly two minute long video, she said: "Ok, admittedly one of these at the end is for vanity too," the doctor added. "But these are truly the things you won’t catch me doing as a doctor."

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She continued: "Things you will never catch me doing as a doctor." Dr Nicole Van Groningen's first thing on the list of things to avoid is waking up early and disrupting her sleep to exercise. The expert urged people not to listen to influencers who get up really early and get a lack of sleep in the name of exercise.

"Do not let any influencers out here convince you that it's best to cut your sleep duration short so that you can go to the gym and work out and build a better body," the health professional urged. She concluded: "Sleep is the primary wellness habit end of story period."

Dr Nicole Van Groningen then admitted she will never ride a motorcycle. The professional wondered why somebody would give up the safety of a car, as she explained: "All it takes is one trauma surgery rotation as a med student, that's enough. I'd never do it. Similarly, riding a bike without a helmet – there's just no reason not to. There are some specific screams from family members that I will never forget and I'll never a ride a bike without a helmet."

The doctor then went on to discuss the stigmas some people face when they have ill-health. She admitted she never 'blames' people for the health status. The expert said: "I think people who do are trying to cling to a sense of control and say 'oh that person is sick because they did X, Y and Z thing'. The reality is s*** happens and even the healthiest people get sick, it's no fault of their own.

"Even for people who do engage in activities that we consider risk factors for certain diseases, like smoking, no one deserves to get a horrible illness."

Dr Nicole Van Groningen then shared she "never" makes a health assessment on someone purely based on how they look, she said: "There's so much more to health than outward appearance and that needs to be said more."

She then moved onto the topic of sunscreen and how important it is to protect your skin. "I would never go in the sun without sunscreen, preferably zinc oxide, not even five minutes," the doctor explained. "I admit this is part health reasons and part vanity."


To round up her do's and dont's, the doctor discussed the pressure to seek out 'natural' treatment. She expressed: "A natural approach can be absolutely wonderful but do you know what happened back in those natural times before the era of vaccines and antibiotics and other aspects of modern medicine? Nature dictated that a lot of people died."

Many people fled to the comments to praise the doctor for her insights. People were especially happy about her remarks regarding working out and sleep.

"You’re so real for the sleep advice," one person said. Another user added: "I grew up with ER Dr neighbours, they called motorcycles “donor-mobiles'."

While a third voiced: "The health status thing is so true. We are obsessed with feeling control and are willing to shame others in order to hold on to that feeling."

Someone else giggled: "I will NEVER wake up early to go to the gym now. Doctors orders!"

Meanwhile, a fifth expressed: "THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Not being able to wake up early and working out is causing me guilt and grief."

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