how do you work 12 hour nights and fit in exercise

  1. Does anyone workout 5-6 days a week and work 3 12 hour nights? I'm so afraid of gaining weight because I am so afraid I am not going to be able to manage this night shift schedule. I am a single mom with a 5 year old daughter for those who don't know me but she will be staying with my parents on nights I work and during the day she goes to school. For summer she is doing the day camp at her school and then in September she will be starting full-day kindergarten.

    I have been working really hard on trying to lose weight I still have a way to go and hopefully things will be ok.

    Thanks for any suggestions, tips and advice.
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   SmallTexan
    I'm glad you started this thread ! I've been concerned about the same thing !! I'm not a nurse yet, won't be for a while, but this was one of my main concerns. I have been working out at Curves for Women and this only takes about 45 minutes. However, I worry about not having any ENERGY to work out after or even before a 12 hr. shift.
  4. by   prmenrs
    I was going to suggest Curves. If you can find one sort of on the way home from work, you could swing by there, do your workout, then go home and conk out. An apple on the way home is a great before sleep snack, and would give you enough zip to do it.

    The hospital where I used to work was 11 stories tall, some of the younger nurses would climb all 11 flights of stairs during one of their breaks--they'd all go together for safety. I couldn't have done that unless there were paramedics standing by w/ O2 and inhalers, but I thought it was a neat idea.
  5. by   JMP
    I work 12 hour days and night rotations- two weeks days and then two week nights. I sit down with a daytimer, and schedule my gym times. I make appointments or else it does not get done.

    When my busy week, like the one that starts tomorrow, is at hand, I can only get there twice, but hey.....better than never!
  6. by   Tweety
    I don't think fitting in exercise is any harder working 12-hour nights than 12 hour days. It is very hard, but depends on your priorities and your organization skills and your need for sleep. Personally in between 12 hour shifts I can't work out. Most of the time unfortunately I can't work out after a 12 hour shift even if I don't have to come back, because I'm so beat. I just try to get in a 30 minute power walk and save the weight lifting and gym workout for days off (of which there are four of those).
  7. by   MtnMan
    I work out before I go to bed in the morning, of course there are alot of mornings that I skip it. One nurse I work with will go in our "quiet room" and do sit ups or push ups when there is a lull in ED activity.
  8. by   debi87021
    Well personally i think there is always time for the gym. I work 7 12.5 hour shifts in a row, then off for 7. But even when i am working, which is nights, i get home in the morning and then go to the gym with one day off of sunday. I normally try for 2 hours everyday, but sometimes i only make one. That is ok, at least in that hour i can burn some of those calories that i stupidly put on the night before.. Anyway just my opinion. I too have a 5 year old, and now with school out for the summer, i am resorting to daytime sitters and such. I fortunately still have his paternal grandparents, they take him much of the time, when i am working.
  9. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by debi87021
    Well personally i think there is always time for the gym. I work 7 12.5 hour shifts in a row, then off for 7. But even when i am working, which is nights, i get home in the morning and then go to the gym with one day off of sunday. I normally try for 2 hours everyday, but sometimes i only make one. That is ok, at least in that hour i can burn some of those calories that i stupidly put on the night before.. Anyway just my opinion. I too have a 5 year old, and now with school out for the summer, i am resorting to daytime sitters and such. I fortunately still have his paternal grandparents, they take him much of the time, when i am working.
    I'm so impressed and jealous. Just curious do you get 8 hours of sleep a day during those 7 on days?
  10. by   moz
    I am impressed too, seems like I can never get enough sleep and I use that as an excuse to not commit to an exercise program. I know I would feel so much better, I am tired all the time. I once would walk every afternoon after I woke up and felt so much better, lost 20 lbs...its hard to get started again.
  11. by   bennie
    I am Kinda new here. I have been lurking for a while. I usually sleep immediately after working nights coz I'm so tired to do anything else then exercise as soon as I wake up. I tried exercising in the morning but so many days I put it off as I was too tired to stay awake and exercise
  12. by   neelyt
    I work 13-14 hrs a day being over here in the military. As you can imagine we don't have much of gym but I know if I don't make myself go to gym after I am done it is not going to happen. The whole thing is I am tired after I am done but I find that if I take 3 days out of the week and go to the gym and hop on a treadmill or an elyptical cycle for at least 30 minutes and then I do one exercise for 2 muscle groups that night. After I am done I have time to get a shower and by the time I have showered I can eat and relax for about an hour and then go to bed for at least 6-8 hrs a night for those 3 nights the rest of time I get at least 8 hrs. The point is I was feeling really tired at first but as time went I started feeling better and better each day because my body was able to deal with things better because my fitness level was up even higher. Believe me I hate going to the gym those three nights but I have to make myself go. Tom.

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