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12 hour shifts and weight/exercise. - page 3

I was wondering if any other nurses have advice on how to work these long shifts and still be at a healthy weight. How do you fit in exercise? How do you eat regular, healthy meals? I always read... Read More

  1. Visit  Usingthejon profile page
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    I bought a barbell and some weights for home, as well as a jump rope. On days (well, nights) when I have to work, I'll hit the gym hard in the morning (about 1.5 to 2 hours), then sleep. Ask anyone who knows me, and the "thing" I'm known for is eating like there's no tomorrow. However, Im only 207lbs, 5'10" and workout 5-6 times a week. But, if I eat at work, I'll also have a breakfast, sleep and eat again.

    So, instead of eating a traditional meal after 7pm, I have a protein shake (1, **maybe** 2) over my 12 hour shift. I bought a barbell and some weights for home, as well as a jump rope; If i'm too tired after work to go to the gym, I'll do something at home with the equipment I have (deadlifts, squats, clean, snatch, jerks etc) with jumprope or sprints in between sets. In the last year, I've gotten away from using work as an excuse not to workout. Working nights is hard enough on my body, I don't need to compound reasons to avoid a sweat on top of it.
  2. Visit  amandab13 profile page
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    I work 12hr shifts, nights and days. My go to is running everyday before work. My alarm is set for 0430/1630 and I get on my treadmill for 30mins. I run, sometimes do sprints, walk at a high incline. I keep it mixed up so I don't get bored. I listen to cheese music or watch Netflix. Sometimes its super hard to get out of bed, especially when its the dead of winter and -30C out and my bed is so cozy, but running before work has been the best habit I've got myself into. It helps with my stress, I have energy for the whole shift and then I sleep like a baby afterwards.

    When it comes to eating/diet, I always have health snacks on hand and I make my lunches before my stretches of shifts. I work 2 or 3 in a row, so the day before I make everything- wraps/salads, cut up fruit/veggies, hard-boiled eggs etc., so its all ready to go. I also have a stock pile of food at work: oatmeal, butter-free popcorn, ricecakes and peanut butter, pop-tarts, tuna, etc., so if I am hungrier than normal or have a weird craving going on, I'm prepared.

    and my third thing is water! I drink at least 3L a day. Keeps my full and keeps me going
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  3. Visit  Havin' A Party! profile page
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    Quote from amandab13
    ... My alarm is set for 0430...
    Wow... I'll exercise at 6:30ish or so, but at that hour... that'd be killer-tough for me, A.

    Hang in there!
  4. Visit  amandab13 profile page
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    Quote from Havin' A Party!
    Wow... I'll exercise at 6:30ish or so, but at that hour... that'd be killer-tough for me, A.

    Hang in there!
    Thanks. I kinda have to be up that early if I want to run. I leave the house at 0615 to be at work by 7.
    I'm usually in bed 9pm

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