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OBNURSE2004 Posts: 335
4/13/07 11:29 P

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I work from 7p-7a. I usually wake up around 4pm--then run or do some sort of workout for atleast 30 minutes to 1 hour. I try to do this 5 days a week. I find that I have more energy when I work out before I go to work.

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4/12/07 10:46 P

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My 12 hour shift is coming up. I didn't work last weekend because I had to go to a conference. Messed up my good eating habits too. I think I feel worse if I am off work. We shall see if it improves my attitude. Seem to have a bad one the past few days! Hello to all of you great spark people! emoticon

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4/11/07 8:48 P

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I have worked 12 hr shifts in the past (currently on 10's) and have 2 children at home. I decided that I do as much exercise as possible at work - Steps, long way to other departments, stand instead of sit, park far away, walk on my lunch/breaks (If I get them)... Otherwise I leave the exercise for my days off.

I also find that sometimes after work my husband, kids, and I will go for a walk in nice weather, nothing too tiring... But that's pretty much the night and the housework waits.

Good luck! I hope this helps.

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4/10/07 4:39 P

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I also work 12 hour shifts. I find it hard to do anythin but work, sleep, a few household things & back to work. I do work 7p-7a so often hard to sleep. Do you wear a pedometer? I did and found out that the steps on work days were very great...18,000 or more. Don't go so hard on yourself. Play with your family and leave the workout for a day when you have some free time for yourself. Sandy emoticon

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face ... we must do that which we think we cannot.
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4/9/07 7:28 A

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Here are some other options:

Park farther away from the front door. It's only a few extra steps but they add up.

Walk up the stairs instead of using the elevator.

Walk up and down the stairs during your breaks.

Use the bottom step as you would during a step aerobics class. Step up, step down, step up, step down. Be aware to slternate your beginning foot during your stepping. Step up with your LEFT foot 5 times, take an extra step on the landing (floor), step up with your RIGHT foot 5 times, etc.

Running in place, deep knee bends, crunches, push-ups, jumping jacks and stretches can all be done during break times. Sometimes you can steal a minute or two during the day.

You will benefit from any movement.

Good Luck.

John

What lies BEFORE you and what lies BEHIND you and NOTHING compared to what lies WITHIN you.

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4/8/07 10:19 P

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I have done different things at different times depending on my life stage. Ideally, I get up early before the long day ahead...it helps prepare me. But now with an infant it is nearly impossible. So then I just try to fit in small bouts throughout the day and like you said, increase my exercise on other days. Even a small, small amount on those days to keep consistency is so worth it!!

My concern is not that you have failed, but that you are content in your failure. -Abe Lincoln

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4/8/07 10:17 P

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HI I only work 12's and those are the days that I use my tapes. On the days I'm off I do other stuff. I figure the tapes are better then nothing. It's the eating that kills me. I feel all messed up with spending more time at work then home and wanting to eat when my normal family does.
Keep up the good work!

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4/8/07 8:26 P

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I am starting to pick up more 12 hour shifts again and it is taking a toll on my exercise. I am not exhausted but the stupid gym here closes at 9pm tomorrow and I wont even get home til 8pm. yes i could go but after not seeing my son all day i want to spend some time with him.

What do you do on the days you work long hours? do you squeeze a little in? do you do more on the other days to make up for not getting good workout on 12 hour days?

I am going to try and get up a little early and do my exercise tape but I am not making any promises!

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