Know of a good afternoon workout for a new 7a-3p RN?

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    I'm a new nurse!!
    I passed my RN boards this March and I got a full time job at a nursing home.
    Last friday was my first day of orientation.
    I wanted to get back into my workout schedule in the months I wasn't working (which i did). I usually run 3mi/day but now that im working, i feel that running prob isn't good for my feet/legs because they're already tired from my shift today.
    When I came home, I rested for about 45min before i ran.

    Is running a good or bad workout to do as a nurse who is on her feet 98% of the time?
    Do you know of any good workouts? Now that I think about it I guess upper body, resistance training would be good, prob crunches, planks, pull-ups/push-ups. things that keep me on my feet only for a bit..

    But if y'all have any other tips im open to it! thanks
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    I like Zumba. Just turn the music up loud and dance. Relieves stress and doesn't seem to bother my lower extremities. I know a lot of nurses who do run, though. My knees just can't do that anymore.
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    I love Zumba! I always get a good workout but it can be tailored to your needs that day. Less strenuous/more strenuous. There is even Zumba Toning with weights!
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    I'm a huge fan of spinning. I've found out that I can get a better workout when I choose the music and the type of workout I want instead of following an instructor. I also don't feel bad when I can only make it part way through because I'm wiped out from school and clinicals.
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    Try TRX it can be done basically anywhere and once you get the hang of it, it's fun and challenging. I'm still a student, but I worked on my feet for my first career for a big majority if it. Running was great for my legs and I think it's freeing for the soul.
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    I am an Army nurse. We do CrossFit here. I also have in my house kettlebells and heavy bag. Experiment and see what works best for you. I also swim 4 days a week. Just hit it hard whatever you do.
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    CrossFit! I feel like this gives me the biggest bang for my buck- it's usually a full body workout that you can do just one or two times a week in between your running schedule, and it does not take a lot of time at all!
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    Congrats on landing your first job!

    I think it's ok to do whatever exercise you enjoy. You will get used to being on your feet and it's not so bad after awhile. I am on my feet all day long, working at an LTACH, and usually run 4 miles 3 days a week. I walk 3+ miles 3-4 days a week too. Basically all of my exercise is walking/running on my feet and it's only made me stronger. Yes, I'm tired at the end of my workday, but as I've gotten stronger I don't fatigue as much and I actually have MORE energy.
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    Skip breakfast. Eat a light lunch then after work hit the gym. Compound barbell movements that work the bigger muscles: Squat, press, deadlift, chin-ups, bench press. 2 warm up sets, three working sets of 5 reps. No cardio, unless you do sprint intervals on your non lifting days. 20 min max. You'll thank me later.
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    Insanity workouts are fun and only take 40-60 minutes. You don't need any equipment and can do things at your intensity level. I usually switch days of Insanity with running, even if it has been a long day at work, running helps me relieve stress and you'll sleep better if you've done some sort of physical activity.