How do you exercise and manage a busy schedule?

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    I just finished nursing school and I would love to know how you work out with a busy schedule. As a nursing student, I could not find time to balance exercise with studies. However, now that I am just waiting for a response from the board of nursing, I can really focus my physical fitness. So how about when I start to work? What's the best way to keep fit and stay on top of a busy schedule? Thanks
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    You just have to find what's best for you and make it work. It may seem like going for a workout before a 12 hour shift is crazy, but you feel much more awake, sharper mentally and your body will feel loose and relaxed and not all tensed and tight from a long night of sleep. If you wait til after the shift it is usually much more difficult to get yourself motivated to go.

    For myself, although I have a gym membership I can never make it. Drive time, no gas money, no babysitter, homework...you name it, it seems to pop up whenever I try to get to the gym. And in truth, I am not much of a fan of running on a treadmill like a bored hamster with no where to go..actually I am not a fan of running period So I finally got sick of life getting in between myself and my health and so I figured out something that works for me.

    My and my children spend a lot of time outside and as I was sitting there on my butt watching them play I started looking around for what I could do for workouts. We have a very long drive way and I can do sprints. Other easier days I walk up and down the driveway (one part is a little steep so it really gets the legs good) and around our house over and over. I can hit all the major muslces by doing push-ups, sit-ups, burpees, squats, planks, jumps, lunges. My husband has some old tires lying around so I pick one up and use it like something I had seen on a work out show where you take a weighted ball that is a little bouncy and you squat to pick it up, bring it up over your head and then using your whole body you force it down to slam it into the ground. Works your whole body and feels good, like your taking out a little frustration Sometimes I will even pick two up, one on each shoulder, and walk them up and down the drive way, like a farmers walk. As with all these excercises, be sure you are using proper body mechanics so you do not injury yourself.

    All this while still keeping watch on the kids while they enjoy being outside. I can do it whenever I can because my gym is just right in my backyard. For me I enjoy the freedom of not having other people staring at me while I work out or dealing with a busy gym. I love being outside and I like making my workout resemble something that prepares my body for real life...for example, I will do a short run by picking up one of my kids and doing a slow jog across the hay field, great practice for if one of them were bit by a snake while we were out hiking and I had to get them home quick, that sort of thing....practice to be super-mom lol.
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    I forgot to add that diet is the biggest part of feeling good and getting into shape, so make sure to focus on that. Find a diet, and by diet I mean life long change in the way that you eat, that works for you, consists of food you actually enjoy eating and stick with eat.

    With a busy schedule and especially with working long shifts the biggest thing I have found to help with keeping with your diet is having food prepared and ready to eat when you get hungry. If you are hungry and you have to wait 45 minutes for dinner to cook, you will cave in and snack on something not so healthy. So I always make a little extra when I cook and have several tupperwares of quick, filling food to grab in a hurry, such as when I am hungry or if I wake up late and don't have time to cook my breakfast or if I come home and am too exhausted to cook anything. That has been the biggest help with keeping me on track. If I get home and I am hungry and I spot my husbands hoho's and I know dinner won't be ready for another hour I am ready to cave, but I pull out some left overs and after I've eatten my craving is gone.

    To add to the exercise ideas, expend as much energy you can as often as you can....take the stairs not the elevator, park further away at the grocery store, etc. One of my favorite ideas is when it's cleaning time at home I blast the music and dance and clean. You will be amazed at how pumped it makes you feel, really puts me in a good mood I guess because of the action of dancing and that my house is all clean. Also, at lunch time or break time, walk up and down the stairs.
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    I make it a priority to workout 3 days a week. If I have time for more than I will, but usually I don't. I know how it is to feel like you don't have a free minute, but in reality, you do. We spend at least 30 minutes 3x/week surfing the internet or watching t.v. You could replace that time or some other activity that is not necessary with exercise. I have a baby and two older kids, so sometimes I have to take them to the park with their bicycles and strollers. Some days I have to use an exercise video at home. You just have to make it a priority and work around your circumstances.
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    I work 12-hour night shifts and exercise five to six times per week for 45 to 60 minutes each session.

    When my shifts end at 7:00 in the morning, I'll head to the gym, exercise, go home, take a shower and go to bed. On my days off I will exercise at any time I find convenient.

    My metabolism is sluggish due to being afflicted with hypothyroidism for 7+ years, so losing weight is an uphill battle. However, I've slowly lost 24 pounds since the beginning of the year.
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    I work 12-hour night shifts and exercise five to six times per week for 45 to 60 minutes each session.

    When my shifts end at 7:00 in the morning, I'll head to the gym, exercise, go home, take a shower and go to bed. On my days off I will exercise at any time I find convenient.

    My metabolism is sluggish due to being afflicted with hypothyroidism for 7+ years, so losing weight is an uphill battle. However, I've slowly lost 24 pounds since the beginning of the year.
    Congraqtulations! A big achievement!
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    I just finished nursing school and I would love to know how you work out with a busy schedule. As a nursing student, I could not find time to balance exercise with studies. However, now that I am just waiting for a response from the board of nursing, I can really focus my physical fitness. So how about when I start to work? What's the best way to keep fit and stay on top of a busy schedule? Thanks

    Hi. I have just one rule for myself. Never let 2 days pass without any kind of exercise. At least 3o mins of any work out will do, of course that is along with proper diet. For my busy schedule, I love doing zumba since I can do it anytime I want in my room. I dont have to go out or go to the gym , just play the dvd and follow the moves
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    There is a saying, "If it is important to you, you will make the time". I choose home workouts rather than going to a gym. The time wasted driving, getting ready etc. isn't worth it to me. I work night shift so I wake up early, giving myself an hour and a half to get my workout in and make my dinner for the night. I feel better when I've exercised, so skipping isn't an option. As a nurse I feel it is my responsibility to be fit and healthy for my patients
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    ........ and I spot my husbands hoho's ........

    That just made me laugh out loud.

    Regarding the question .. . when I was in nursing school, I made it a rule that I would walk the track at the college every day. That helped keep me awake during class.

    Now, I just have to make exercise a priority over internet or tv. We do waste a lot of time simply sitting on our tushes.

    I'm lucky in that I live in a rural area that is beautiful so I'm able to do a 3 mile walk every day that isn't boring. I have a treadmill but as another poster mentioned, it is boring. I've taken my computer downstairs though and turned on a talk show and that helps me or I read a "mind candy" magazine while on the treadmill - like People Magazine.

    I take my son and we walk the high school track and then race each other up and down the stadium steps.

    I used to have a gym membership but let it go . . although I do miss the weight machines.

    There is a yoga class offered a couple of times a week at 5:30 p.m. and that really helps with end-of-the-day stress before going home to cook dinner.

    You just have to look at what works with your life and schedule. There is time - you have to look honestly at your day and cut out what isn't good for you and put in exercise.
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    What works for me is to tell myself throughout the day that when I get home, I will workout. I come home absolutely drained, but I allow myself a quick nap and then it's show time! Luckily my landlord's have in the garage: free weights, a cage, and a punching bag.
    I can no longer use driving as an excuse to not workout.
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