As a nurse, I am often away from home for long periods of time. With 12 hour shifts and going to the gym either before or after, I could be away from my house for 15 hours at a time. What do you do about planning meals around being away for 15 hours? As you know, I am a huge advocate for meal planning and prepping for the upcoming week. I prep all of my meals for the week either Sunday or Monday and have them ready to go in individual Tupperware containers. Well, during a 15 hour span, that is easily 3 meals and some snacks. I have been searching for a good solution to carrying all these meals and snacks for my shift. I’ve been through a variety of lunch boxes, plastic bags, brown bags, you name it. I was never able to find a carrier large enough to hold all my meals. Until a few months ago when I found Six Pack Fitness bags. Continue reading
Night shift and energy RARELY come hand in hand. In fact, many of my fellow shift workers and RNs are completely shocked when I tell them I work out 5-6 days per week regardless of working full time on night shift. Regardless, I make it work. The energy comes from within. You have to have focus and WANT to make it through. That is my advice for anyone that works a crazy schedule, yet want to continue to hit workouts on a consistent basis. You have to have REASON for what you do. You have to have GOALS. You have to think about the FUTURE you and how the outcome of hard work will OUTWEIGH the current feeling of tired.
I find it much easier to go to the gym before work. I have tried both before and after and I have found that, for me, I am wiped out by the end of my shift and going to work out right results in: a crappy feeling workout followed by the inability to fall asleep. A crappy workout and less sleep? No thanks.. Continue reading