Studies have shown that law is
one of the most stressful professions, resulting in a high incidence
of depression—the highest in the
nation, according to a Johns
Hopkins University study of more
than 100 occupations.
And stress and depression often
lead to alcoholism, substance abuse,
eating disorders and generally unhealthy lifestyles among lawyers.
To which Bronstein has a simple
solution: Take a walk.
Bronstein, a real estate and tax
attorney and CPA, has pretty much
been walking nonstop for the past
six years, which he credits with completely changing his eating habits,
his overall sense of well-being, his
work–life balance—not to mention
his weight, as he’s lost nearly 200
“I was a heart attack waiting to
happen,” says Bronstein, who was
overweight all his life. “And I’ve seen
too many people die from being that
way,” including his brother and
a close friend, both of whom died
young of heart attacks.
So, just before he turned 50,
Bronstein decided to reinvent himself. He started eating better and he
started walking—and he has been
walking ever since.
He walks on a treadmill while
working on his computer. He takes
daily walks in the desert near his
home. He has walked in every state,
logging more than 5,000 miles a year. He
even has clients who occasionally walk with
And now Bronstein is trying to encour-
age other overweight, stressed-out lawyers
to give walking a try.
“In Arizona, and pretty much all the
states, a lawyer has to undergo a character
and fitness evaluation before being
licensed,” he says. “If someone has an alco-
hol problem or a drug problem or a gam-
bling problem, there are confidential
resources for that attorney to turn to for
help. Yet, there aren’t any resources for
lawyers struggling with physical, mental
Attorney Alisa Gray conducts yoga programs for lawyers.
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