Working out/exercising while in nursing school

  1. 0 Hey everyone,
    I hope there are plenty of nursing students/current nurses out there that are just as enthusiastic about fitness as I am. I live in Brooklyn, nyc, and this year I am planning to apply to accelerated programs. I was wondering if doing this is feasible? Perhaps cutting down workout volume would be necessary in order to get optimal rest and study times..especially for clinical days. Time manage is essential in healthcare..

    Any opinions are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    -Vince
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    About Vincent_

    From 'New York'; Joined Feb '13; Posts: 47; Likes: 17.

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  3. Visit  leonard_huh profile page
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    there is nothing wrong with working out. Just one hour is good enough, you need excerise in order to keep your mind clear and stress free
    Maiden_89 likes this.
  4. Visit  Tonks57 profile page
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    I exercise about 1 hour per day. It really helps keep my stress down. If I do not have time to exercise, I will go on a one mile run and that will have to work for that day. On clinical days, I do not exercise. I probably should, but I just need that extra hour of sleep so bad.
  5. Visit  ImKosher profile page
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    With my hectic schedule with work and school, I show up to classes at the gym whenever I have free time. I'm too lazy to try to work out my own routine.
  6. Visit  rubato profile page
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    I work out every day. On clinical days, I get up at 4 am to go running. On non-clinical days, I make sure to walk/run/lift/take a class/something every single day. It keeps me energized, centered, focused and able to get through the stress of school.
  7. Visit  traumanurse2b? profile page
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    I spend atleast an hour at the gym about 6 days a week. I need the break from the craziness of school and I do a lot of strength training which allows me to really work out the stress. Clinical days are harder for me, because Im exhausted by the time I get home and I don't want to get up any earlier than 0445, haha. I use a preworkout powder, C4, to get me going on days that Im dragging.
  8. Visit  becoming profile page
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    I applaud all of you! Wow it is so hard for me to find time to work out even an hr a day.
    I do, however, workout during school breaks and such. Maybe ill find the time next term.

    P.s would taking the stairs at school rather than an elevator count as a workout? Hehehe
  9. Visit  crossfitnurse profile page
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    I own my own Crossfit gym so working out during ALL OF THIS is a must you just need to be sure and manage your time so you have enough to study and keep your body in check. Food plays an important roll in it all tho! Never forget that! Can't eat crap and expect to have a good long and healthy career. Think of working out as health promotion set the example! That's how I see it
    If you WANT to do it, you'll make the time
  10. Visit  crossfitnurse profile page
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    Oh and also, my clinical day is my "off day" is pretty terrible on your body to workout when you're dead tired. So maybe write out a schedule? That should help
  11. Visit  Rox.G profile page
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    Quote from Jessatkinson86
    I own my own Crossfit gym so working out during ALL OF THIS is a must you just need to be sure and manage your time so you have enough to study and keep your body in check. Food plays an important roll in it all tho! Never forget that! Can't eat crap and expect to have a good long and healthy career. Think of working out as health promotion set the example! That's how I see it
    If you WANT to do it, you'll make the time
    You own your own crossfit? That's so awesome! I recently started crossfitting (about 4 mons ago) and I love it! I don't start clinicals till the fall & But im hoping I can still find time to get a wod in a few times a week with clinicals.
  12. Visit  veggie530 profile page
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    When school is hectic, I switch my program to a 3x per week full body lifting routine. When it calms down, I switch back to a 4 day split, 1 day off, repeat. All about the desire.
  13. Visit  Mewsin profile page
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    I find that once I am doing more web surfing than studying, it is time to exercise.
    molly88p likes this.
  14. Visit  Vincent_ profile page
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    whoa thanks so much for the response guys! I apologize for a late reply. I got back from the Philippines around May and it feels good to be back. Now time to start gathering rec letters and prepare nursing school applications. I usually lift weights 4x a week. I do M, T, Th, F. I typically focus on compound movements and some swings/cleans/military pressing with kettlebells. I think focusing more on the compound movements and some HIIT stuff will definitely save time if I get into a nursing program. I was just a bit questionable about the 'quality' of the workout after a clinical day. But I appreciate all of your guys comments. I'll have to just adjust the parameters based on how the week goes or how I feel on a given day when i'm in the program.

    @veggie530 that sounds like a great idea to decrease the volume to 3x a week if the week gets too busy.
    @Jmtagg623 aha yeah that sounds rough to work out as early as 4am then jump to clinicals. I typically don't take pre-workouts. i usually have a small cup of tea and some water or a small cup of coffee before a workout. I've heard things about adrenal fatigue and well I'd like to save the caffeine consumption for the nursing classes or study times if need be! haha. But if C4 or coffee works then I guess it's no problem..everything in moderation right?


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