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In Search of Balance

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I'm still having an issue trying to work exercise into my work week. Being a nurse I work pretty long hours and working on the night shift throws my body out of whack no matter how long I work. I leave for work at 6:15 p.m. and get home at around 8:30 a.m. for 6 nights in a row. By the time I'm done with my shift, I'm toast. By the time I actually make it home it's all I can do to crawl up the stairs and fall into my bed. We're not even going to talk about the way too many days I end up working overtime.

My coach at Positive Changes encourages me to get up a little early and exercise at least 10 minutes before work. Currently I average 4-5 hours of actual sleep/day on my work week. Wearing the Body Media band I track my sleep and have found that my day sleep is about 73% efficient...which means I wake up multiple times during my sleep. The thought of getting up and exercising even 10 minutes is enough to make me cry.

So what ends up happening is that I work out like a maniac on my days off and don't work out at all when I work. That's almost a whole week with no exercise beyond running up and down the halls to patient rooms...which can actually be somewhat of a work out some nights!

Bottom line of this whole thing is that I really want to find a way to balance my exercise out more so I'm not going into overdrive on my days off to make up for my not doing enough during my work week. The damage is that my body doesn't get any recovery time during maniac week. I do HIT training, cardio, regular resistance and dance-exercise classes with no rest between. Sometimes I even do HIT training and a couple hours later do an hour of Zumba or Latin Dance. I'm just so afraid not to because I need to keep progressing.

Today was my 1st day off...which is kind of a joke because I still worked 8 hours today technically. So I met my son after work, did the grocery shopping, spent time with my other son who's on spring break, got to bed about 1 in the afternoon, got up at 4:30 and went to Zumba. Now I feel like a puddle of jello. There has to be a solution to this.
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    You're right. You sound like a major health event waiting to happen. Night shift work can wreak havoc with a person's metabolism and energy. Is there any way you can incorporate a few strength exercises during your shift while you're up and awake? Like a few sets of squats behind the nurse's station? I know it's not cardio, but it's something and something is better than nothing.
    1792 days ago
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