How to Stay Fit and Active as a Travel Nurse
With a transitional and sometimes hectic lifestyle, it can be easy for travel nurses to toss fitness to down to the bottom of the to-do list. After all, working, packing, moving, working, and moving again takes up a whole lot of time. However, nurses who don’t schedule in exercise will quickly find that the lack of activity affects work, happiness, and energy levels. Don’t fall prey to this temptation! Here’s how you can stay fit an active as a travel nurse.
Why Stay Active?
You learned in nursing school all about how fitness keeps the body rejuvenated and healthy. You know all about how important it is to keep your heart and muscles healthy. But ironically, the very things you tell your patients to do are the things you may be tempted to skip! Staying healthy is good for your body, but it’s also good for your emotions, relationships, and mental state. Cut out things like TV and social media time so that you can find the time to work out at least three times a week.
How to Stay Active
The easiest way to stay active is to find ways to get out and get active in your neighborhood. If the weather is nice and your neighborhood is safe, try taking up jogging. If you don’t like that, you can spend time walking each morning or do something even more creative, like rollerblading. If conditions aren’t right for you to go outside, work out indoors. Invest in a set of workout DVDs and stay committed to doing them every day. The best way to do this is to schedule your work out at the same time every day. Get a friend on board to keep you motivated and accountable. You can also try joining a gym, if you’re in one area long enough. If not, many gyms offer day rates that may be worth taking advantage of once a week.
Get Out and Have Fun
The most motivating way to exercise is to have fun while you’re doing it! Don’t force yourself to follow a routine that makes you dread waking up in the morning. If you don’t want to run, go hiking. If you don’t like weights, try bodyweight exercises. When you have free time, do active things you enjoy, like kayaking or playing tennis, rather than seeing a movie. When it comes to staying fit an active, it’s all about being healthy and happy. After all, that’s what you help others do.