Travel Nursing Fitness Tips

Traveling nurses move from city to city months at a time, you can’t really expect to eat whatever you want, not exercise and have your body be okay with it.  I know, it can be difficult to pick up on regular exercise right after moving to a new home, but you have to make your health a priority; otherwise your happiness, and eventually your work, is going to be compromised.

How many times have you heard something like this: “I ate so much on my vacation I think I gained like 5 lbs”?  Or maybe something like “I didn’t work out at all during my trip so I’m going to have to start exercising again.”  Statements like these are typical for those that travel every once in a while, but these don’t really work for those that are in the traveling nurse field.

So for all you traveling nurses, here are a couple quick fitness tips on maintaining healthy fitness levels while on the road:

  • Read Up on Fundamentals to Fat Loss and Fitness – No, this is not some short, contradicting blurb you read on the 9th page of a gossip magazine you pick up at the supermarket.  It’s a summary of time-tested and researched principles on effective fat loss.  If you understand these principles you can better understand how your body works and can avoid useless quick fat loss schemes.
  • Yelp! A Gym As Soon As You Can – In addition to looking up some of the best restaurants in your new neighborhood, make some time to look up nearby gyms that you can join as soon as you arrive.  Trust me, if you can spend a couple of seconds on your iPhone looking up 4+ star restaurants on yelp!, you can easily take a couple more seconds to search up local gyms in the area.
  • Not a gym fan? Why not kickbox or dance it up? – These days, disliking the gym is not an adequate excuse for no exercise.  There are plenty of different types of fitness classes and activities that are fun, challenging and great for raising your fitness levels and know-how.  Some of these include martial arts (kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, boxing), dance (salsa, hip hop, modern, ballet) and yoga.  If you’re adventurous enough to be a travelling nurse, then signing up for a beginner’s class in martial arts or dance should be a walk in the park.
  • The Home Gym Alternative – Okay we get it.  You don’t want to do the gym thing and exercising with a random group of strangers in a yoga or dance class is not your thing either.  Creating a home gym and doing body weight exercises is a great alternative to staying active and moving well.  Just pack a set of resistance bands, invest in a suspension training cord and set up some workout space in your home.  Check out Ross Enamait at RossTraining.com for some great home workout equipment or check out this quick 3 minute body weight exercise video.
  • Wellness and Balance Over Fitness – Often times people get caught up in wanting to lose 5-10 lbs or reducing pant size and think that the obvious solution is to just eat healthier and exercise more.  To achieve a life of wellness, the solution isn’t just about greater fitness and a healthy diet.  It requires a commitment to achieving balance and prioritizing health and fitness in your life.  This means eating well and exercising in ways that make you feel happy and balanced.  Don’t overdue your diet or your exercise program because you’ll burn out fast, but don’t go too easy on yourself or else it’ll take a long time to see progress.  Work towards balance and your pathway to wellness and fitness will be a little easier.

As a traveling nurse, living a life of fitness and wellness is a difficult path.

More often you are expected to take care of the health of others, but who is going to take care of yours?  We hope that this personal responsibility falls a little easier with the tips described above.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email at matthew@movemofitness.com.

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"Matt Bukirin is a NASM certified trainer and member of Movemo, a health and fitness company that teaches and empowers those who move our world forward to live healthier so that they can increase the positive change they make in the world."

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