as nurses and nursing students. we are always in motion. constant motion. hardly eating and barely sitting down. i ask this question because i was thinking of joining a gym. but why should i pay a membership fee when im clearly exercising all day at work. 8 hrs sometimes 16 h/d. i wear my pedometer and get a minimun of 2000 steps. what do u think
Jul 21, '12
It really does not count as a workout. Unless you are really stressed or doing CPR for 30 mins straight, you probably aren't getting your heart rate up to any level. If your HR is jumping when you walk down the hall..then you do need some more exercise! If we were truly working out, for 8 hours we would not have overweight nurses. I burn about 600 calories an hour for typical workout...we would need 7000 + calories a day just to maintain our weight. I'm not sure where I could find the time to consume 7000 calories in a work day!!!! or at home, come to think of it.
For nurses working 3 12's there is no need to even hit the gym on workdays. I rarely did if I worked a 12 hour day, but yes, on those 4 other days...you could count on me to hit that gym hard.
Regular exercise has many benefits. I like it because I meet people (through races and classes) who I do not work with...make great friends...
2000 steps on a pedometer (and I am assuming they are taken with stops in between) is not even NEAR the minimum recommended 10,000. Check out this site for some more info. http://www.thewalkingsite.com/10000steps.html
Last edit by sauconyrunner on Jul 21, '12
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