Nurses, do you exercise? - page 3

I'm wondering if other nurses exercise on their days off. I started going to the gym at least 2 x week and feel it has made a tremendous difference in my overall mood and energy levels. I think it... Read More

  1. by   vintagemother
    Quote from Dranger
    Umm during the day? I sleep from 0800-1330 then gym and misc tasks
    Do you take another nap before you go back to work? Or is 5.5 hrs enough for you?
  2. by   nurseK87
    I've been a nurse for 3 weeks now and I have somehow managed to lose 10 lbs since I started my first job, despite completely dropping my exercise routine. I'm going back to yoga tomorrow night and am hoping to get back into going to the gym 2-3 times a week once i get settled into a routine at the new job. Anyone else feel like they are just too busy/exhausted at the end of the day to work out??
  3. by   vintagemother
    Quote from nurseK87
    Anyone else feel like they are just too busy/exhausted at the end of the day to work out??
    I have to drink a 5 hr energy or a different energy drink after work or else I'm too tired to go to the gym and be effective after work.
  4. by   emtb2rn
    Does jumping through hoops count? Get plenty of that on the job.
  5. by   trudeyRN
    Quote from anon456
    In the past I have set up too high of expectations of myself and my planned workouts were too time-consuming or too intense. I would feel intimated or too tired before I even started them. There have been numerous studies that show walking for 30 minutes several times a week at a brisk pace is nearly as beneficial to long-term health than more intense exercise. Plus it's probably gentler on your joints (and we all need our joints for our whole lives, right?). So based on that I try to walk most evenings after dinner. I enjoy putting on my music or an audiobook. It's been a lot more successful to stick with this current walking goal. For variety I sometimes ride my bike, but it's all very simple and enjoyable.
    I have also been psyched out by too ambitious expectations. What I do now is decide what my minimum effort is going to be. If I do more than that, great, if not at least I did the minimum (weights/cardio) for the week. This does not impress any fitness trainer or doctor I have ever met, but for me it works to keep me reasonably fit. If I gave up every time I heard a doctor state "Unless you do X hours of cardio per week, you might as well not exercise." I'd venture I'd be in pretty bad shape.
  6. by   Curious1alwys
    How old are you?

    I am still managing to lift heavy on my days off but man, it's killing me! All I do is run, run, run between floor nursing, little ones, and harcore workouts.....
  7. by   nurseK87
    So I've been working as a nurse for a month now, haven't been to the gym at all since I started, and have lost 12 lbs. I think it's fair to say that nurses work their asses off. In my case, literally.
  8. by   trudeyRN
    How old am I or the OP? I'm older than dirt.

    I recall that "little ones" below a certain age are a hardcore workout. Better you than me
  9. by   WesternRN
    Yes, I lift 3-6 days a week, even after a 12 hr shift and get cardio here and there. What I really need to do is incorporate yoga once a week.
  10. by   nurseling
    Wow! I admire you a lot. You must have a ton of energy! I'm heading out to the gym and a yoga class soon. I was just thinking how I want to get more yoga in as well.
  11. by   trudeyRN
    Quote from WesternRN
    Yes, I lift 3-6 days a week, even after a 12 hr shift and get cardio here and there. What I really need to do is incorporate yoga once a week.
    I think we could possibly see less osteoporosis at some point as the result of the fact that women no longer avoid weights for fear of "getting big arms" or "looking like a guy".

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