Nurses, do you exercise?

by nurseling nurseling Member

Specializes in Med-Surg.

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 might be the endorphins but I was feeling a bit depressed between shifts at a time and exercise and healthy eating has literally reversed that.

Anyone else have any experiences with how exercise has helped or not so much in improving the quality of your life and inadvertently the quality of your work?


vintagemother, BSN, CNA, LVN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC, Tele,. 2,714 Posts

I just started with a personal trainer yesterday. I work full time and have an elementary school aged child. I'm paying for 3 days per week of training in order to motivate me/ force myself to exercise. I'm doing 1 day on my own.

Yes I woke up today feeling better than I usually do. Endorphins are good!



174 Posts

Working out helps me feel better physically during long shifts. I have more energy, back/legs hurt less, and its easier to lift patients!



50 Posts

I try to do some form of exercise on a daily basis. Whether it be walking, biking or yoga. I tend to get bored with the same type of exercise every day, so I like to mix the routine up a bit. My favorite activity is mowing the lawn with my push mower. Not only is the exercise beneficial, but I feel a sense of accomplishment when I am through.

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 10 years experience. 3,100 Posts

I am working up to a gym membership once the kids go back to school, but I have been going to yoga for about 6 weeks on the day after my 3-in-a-row. It really helps me from seizing up. Again, once the kids go back to school, I am going to try to go to 2 sessions of yoga and then some cardio at the gym. It really helps.


RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience. 4,542 Posts

I don't like exertion and I don't like to sweat.

I do, however like to walk.Activity rather than exercise works. When I walk, I use the time to think. If something from work is bothering me, or left me upset, I use the walking time to mull over the situation, sort out my feelings, organize a plan, and by the time my walk is done I can move past my problems.



1,871 Posts

I work out heavy with weights and do cardio every day (thanks Army....).

I am never tired at shifts not sore after. I hate nurses who think a normal shift is good enough for a work out, that's a cop out.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience. 8,427 Posts

I've been a yogi for about 10 years now; I do change up positions and forms to give me a variety.

I started yoga when I was in PN school to help with my test really works on any type of stress and lifts my mood.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, Nursing Professional Development. Has 17 years experience. 5 Articles; 11,132 Posts

The first thing I though of when I saw this title (sorry, couldn't resist):

NOTICE - This department requires no physical fitness program. Everyone gets enough exercise jumping to conclusions, flying off the handle, running down the boss, knifing friends in the back, dodging responsibility and pushing their luck.

I admit that I do not get regular exercise most of the time. Between my scheduled shifts, my overtime shifts (the result of working on a specialized OR team that requires a lot of call), and until recently school, I did not have any spare time for exercise beyond a 15 minute walk with my dog. And yes, I've noticed a lot of not so good things: crankier, more short-tempered, lack of motivation to do anything, and weight gain, among others. I'm sure the amount of stress I am/was under only enhanced the bad outcomes of not exercising. So, yes, exercise is a good thing but yet a difficult thing.


Specializes in PICU. Has 16 years experience. 1,251 Posts

I work out, lift weights, "run", I do half marathons (I usually finish in the bottom of the pack, but I finish). I bike ride on the weekends. In the winter time I ski.

I like being active, and outside. I make time. Being active helps keep my spirits uplifted and gives me time to clear my mind. I am am doing a long nike ride (50 miles or more) there is plenty of time to think and reflect, likewise if I am running/walking on a long training run, 8-10 miles is a great time just to think.

Nursing can be a very stressful job whether you are working shifts, are in education, or in management. Staying active is a great release for me.



208 Posts

Nursing would be a whole different ball game if I didn't exercise. Like a previous poster mentioned, I'm not totally wiped after a shift, my back doesn't hurt, and I have the strength to move my patients, or whatever tough task needs to be done. However, I don't workout after a shift. Maybe walk the dogs, but rarely my usual weight lifting and cardio session at the gym. Instead, I take the stairs at work, park far away, and anything else I can do to include more activity in my day.

Nonyvole, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency. 419 Posts

I use the Zombies! Run! app, both the regular one and the couch to 5K version. When I can. I have two puppies that also require a lot of energy to wear out, so I'll be running around the backyard with them.

However, I also try to make it to organized exercise classes on a regular basis. Since I recently started a new job, my schedule is a bit different, but I'll at least go for a walk around the block.

I'm one of those people who has to work out, though, or else my mood ends up all over the map and my husband runs and hides...