If the whole sports body trend or fitness craze seems like a fantastical concept to you at the moment. Don’t stress. Most nurses feel the same way.

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Let me guess. You’re feeling really grouchy after a long ass shift and the only condition you’re in is one for sleep. On top of matters, you’re too busy mentally and physically psyching yourself up for your next night shift.


Working nontraditional hours is messing up your sleep, diet and exercise routine. The best advice I could give you is to find the best workout time for your schedule. That might sound obvious, but I’m pretty sure you haven’t actually sat to think about this one. This may mean exercising right before work or even before going to bed. Try out both to determine the time of day that is best for you.

Pre-Work Workout

Do you feel tired and moody before your night shift? Yes? Then a workout is your best option. It’ll do more good than a large energy drink would. MayoClinic.org says exercise fights stress and anxiety, improves your endurance, concentration, and focus and boosts your energy and mood. So experiment a little and take 30 minutes to do a bit of cardiovascular activity like swimming, cycling, jogging or walking. YouTube fitness videos are also super quick and effective! You will feel more alert and a lot happier afterward.


After Work

A lot of times exercise boosts your energy levels, but it can also be a fantastic way to put you to sleep. So, for those who knock-off around 6 a.m. or 7 a.m., a workout might be ideal to get some quality rest. It’s also probably going to be really quiet in the house since everyone else will be at school or at work. ConsumerHealthDigest.com, says you reach the deepest, most restful stage of sleep within the first three hours of lying down. Enhance this by working out or doing some light yoga to help ease stress and tension from your shift and then head to bed. Zzzzzz…

So, When Is The Most Optimal Time To Exercise?

In all honesty, the best time is entirely up to you. We’re all different and function best at different times of the day. The trick is to spend one week working out before, during and after your shift to see which one is the best fit for you. Whatever you decide, treat exercise as if it’s an important appointment you cannot miss. A great way to stay motivated is to get a late-night coworker gym buddy. Remember, it is 80% nutrition and only 20% fitness. So always eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and get plenty of sleep.

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