Exercising with a nurses schedule

  1. I am/was a marathon runner prior to graduating. Now with my schedule I cant run on my work days and I am too tired on my few days off. What are those of you that regularly exercise doing?? I need to get this turned around. I keep gaining weight BOO!
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  3. by   jahra
    Take a look at exercise dvds, there are so many available and
    they can keep you in shape until you have time to run again.

    I use many dvds by Gilad (Bodies in Motion with Gilad). His Express workout dvd gives you many options as the segments are about 10
    minutes and there are 2 dvds (60 minutes on each dvd) in the set.

    You can see a breakdown of the exercises and video clips on his site.

    I also use dvds from Nia dance for a cardio workout and Zumba.

    Nursing school is very stressful, don't forget to make healthy choices for meals,

    takeout food and hospital food will pack on the weight...
  4. by   Calabria
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    I am/was a marathon runner prior to graduating. Now with my schedule I cant run on my work days and I am too tired on my few days off. What are those of you that regularly exercise doing?? I need to get this turned around. I keep gaining weight BOO!
    I use her: http://blogilates.com/. She is AMAZING, all of her workouts are free and are on YouTube. Most are in 10-15 minute segments, so if I'm too tired I can spread them out throughout the day. And she gives tips on cardio workouts, lifting, and eating healthy as well.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    First of all, I am working two jobs at the present time. I work Monday through Friday from 10pm to 6:30 a.m. (8 hour overnight shifts) at one job, and Saturday and Sunday from 6pm to 6:30 a.m. (12 hour overnight shifts) and the other place of employment. In other words, I work the night shift 7 days a week.

    I exercise at the health club almost immediately after my shift ends. I will do about 45 minutes of cardio exercise while at the gym, and I take anywhere from one to two days of rest per week. Overall, I have been managing to exercise at least five days out of every week.

    In addition, I have a weight bench at home with plenty of free weights. I also have a used Gazelle machine, a rudimentary stair stepper machine, and a step aerobics platform for days when I cannot or do not feel like getting to the health club.
  6. by   edrnbailey
    Are you working day or night shift.... that alone can throw a wrench into the mix. I too am a runner though I'm only a halfer... When I changed from day to night shift (again) it took me several months to readjust. If you are new to nursing give yourself a few months to adjust to working in the profession. It's different than any other field, and is more physically demanding than most think. The mental demands are high also. Especially if you are trying to learn a new facility as well as beginning a new profession. Try for a shorter workout period at first. Then build back up to your usual runs...

    This worked for me: Day shift.... I would get up first thing in the mornings on my day off and either go to gym or run (because of scheduling I had to revise schedule to include weekends including sundays). Night Shift.... I would go straight to gym from work. (**** DO NOT GO HOME FIRST**** Just me personally but if I ever go past the front door of my house then I'm done. It's way too easy to find excuses not to go, so I just go straight from work to gym. Kooky I know but it works. ) Throw in a couple of extra days for off days and there you have it. Taking my son to school was the excuse for going in the mornings. I would take him to school and then go straight to gym or run... it helps if you have a partner too. Someone that is waiting on you and expecting you to be there...

    Hope this helps or at least gives you some ideas... and hang in there it will all come back together again. You are just going through an adjustment period and having to readjust your personal priorities and professional ones. They eventually mix together.
  7. by   natheera.j
    You have to have willpower!!! I rather go straight from work to the gym on day shifts and in the morning of afternoon shifts. Also on my days off I work out harder and longer. Sometimes I go straight back home if I'm hungry or something and don't end up going to the gym but at least I know I worked hard on my days off.
  8. by   mzjennx
    I work night shift. I went through an Ugly divorce so my life was chaotic... Needed a life style change for sure.

    While I'm at work sometimes i dont have enough time to eat. Fruit shakes, protein shakes, small snacks like cheese fruits nuts and occasional soups helps me keep going. I try not to eat a big meal before sleeping especially anything with hot sauce... Will cause indigestion for me

    After work I needed a way to destress. Working out immediately after work is what worked for me. Interval training helps too, hired a trainer for 6 months, attended work out classes and worked out with friends and met friends.

    My method helped a lot. I tried workin out at home or runnig in the park but i wasnt consistent with my training. Since i started to go gym, it has been a great stress reliever and I was able to lose 20 lbs!!!
    Last edit by mzjennx on Apr 3, '12
  9. by   aortas
    ah! i have to find the motivation to get to the gym again. i just don't have it in me to go run after i work. too exhaustinggggggggg
  10. by   Morainey
    I used to run 5x a week... before nursing school and working as a nurse. Now I call myself a "weekend warrior"... I try to run 1-2 days a week. Way down on my mileage, but I figure some running is better than no running.

    Also, for what it's worth, I read in Runner's World that running once a week won't help you increase your running fitness level, but it also won't hurt it. If you do the same amount of miles or time, you'll maintain that level. Reading that, helped me be less depressed about running so little. As long as I can bang out a couple of miles every weekend, I'll take it
  11. by   tewdles
    I walk to work.
    I take the stairs at work.
    I walk or ride my bike to exercise my dog at least 3x/wk.
    There is a weight/exercise room at the hospital, free w/ showers, before work is best d/t fatigue at end of day. 2x/wk.
    Running hurts my knees and hips now...
  12. by   BluegrassRN
    I run between 20-30 miles a week (you wouldn't know it to look at me, but I swear I do).

    I have one long run between 10-12 miles a week. I then do a couple of shorter 3-6 mile runs during the week.

    I just do it. Even if you are "too tired" after your shift or on your days off, you just have to lace up your shoes and start. I have a hard time doing that sometimes, so I have a deal with myself: I have to run a mile. If I still feel like crap after that first mile, I can be done. Of course, once you go that first mile, you next come easily.

    I don't really have any set days that I run, since my schedule varies. Since my long runs can take 2+ hours, I don't do them during a 3 day stretch; typically I just run 3-5 miles before or after work. Except for my long run, when and how far I run mainly depends upon the weather. Now that it's getting warm, I'll switch to running after work, and once it gets hot and humid, my after work runs will be limited to 2-4 miles.

    I also work out at a gym that requires you to sign up in advance for classes via the internet. Somehow, just reserving a spot in a class makes me more likely to go. At least once a week after work, I go to a yoga class. Right now I'm training for my first half, so I'm concentrating on running, but after that's finished, I'll go back to doing yoga 1-2 times a week, weight lifting 2x a week, and kick boxing once a week, in addition to my running. I amp up my classes (hello, airconditioning) and decrease my total milage during the warm weather, otherwise I'll die.

    I guess my rambling recommendation is that you just DO it. I don't have a schedule, because that doesn't work for me. I don't plan to always run after work: if I'm super tired, it's raining, I wasn't able to eat before the end of my shift, well, a run is not going to happen. I have discovered that what works for me is simply having weekly goals, being flexible, and taking it day by day.
  13. by   jistravel
    I work night shift and like the others... go straight to the gym. I wear my sports bra and tank under scrubs, eat during shift change or around then. I go spinning 1-2 times a week, pilates mat one day a week (my back and overall body feels more balanced and less sore bc of it) almost fell asleep lying on mat a few times, run or elliptical 1-2 times a week. On days where I feel sleep is more important, I will go home and row for like 15 minutes. I do weights/strength 3-4 times a week-mostly multi joint ones like kettle bells, push ups, dead lift type things. I think for me, its mixing it up and tho I want to eat a bagel, watch tv and sleep, I feel much better after I work out.
  14. by   beatthetrend8168
    I used to work out regularly at the gym ! and not gonna lie since i started working the 12 hour shifts honestly it became reallllyyyyy HARD to go to the gym I was 129 lbs when I graduated and my weight sky rocketed to 167 lbs!! recently what I have been doing though is the turbo fire program and I have been taking shakeology to its been doing wonders for me! My weight has reduced to 150 lbs and I am only on week 6! I feel a whole lot different to, my clothes are LITERALLY falling off! . My energy level has sky rocketed I am much more productive at work and find it easier to focus! I got my stuff from www.beachbodycoach.com/jackya I believe. Its been great so far + they have an amazing support group & i have a one on one coach that is available 24/7. it makes me keep up with the routines! Im just glad I finally stopped wasting money on gym membership that I barely have time to go to / the fitness program is a bit pricey but I ended up saving so much more money than the monthly membership price I was paying at my gym! and that shakeology stuff is just MAGIC!