Best Workouts for Travel Nurses
You’re a nurse, so of course you already know the importance of having a regular fitness routine. Even with that knowledge, it can be challenging to practice what you preach, especially when you’re on the road working as a traveling nurse. You’re on the go, sometimes moving somewhere new every 13 weeks. Your schedule can be a challenge, too, like when you’re odd hours or long shifts. Sometimes you have to work a little harder—and smarter—to keep your workouts a priority.
The best thing you can do? Establish a fitness routine that can hit the road with you. This can mean joining a gym, yoga, or dance studio as soon as you land in your new city or town. Or finding out whether your new hospital has an employee fitness room or your apartment building has a private gym. You can also select an assignment location that has access to a wide variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, or skiing. And it’s always a good idea to stock up on a set of equipment you can take with you wherever you go.
Here are some key tools you might want to consider packing in your suitcase:
- Running shoes
- Yoga mat
- Yoga strap
- Inflatable yoga ball
- High-density foam roller
- Small hand and wrist weights
- Jump rope
- Resistance tubes
- Fitness clothes
Prefer staying out of the gym or can’t find a gym that will take you on as a short-term member? Or can’t find a class that fits YOUR schedule? Then here are some routines you can establish on your own:
There’s nothing like a good stretch, deep breathing, and some meditation to soothe your tired muscles and calm your mind. Find a good video to use as a guide—either on Blu-Ray or YouTube—try out an app like Yoga Guru, or create your own regular practice from what you’ve learned over the years.
If walking isn’t quite enough for you, kick it up with a good old-fashioned jog or run. Find a local running club or hit the road on your own. You get to enjoy all the benefits of walking (cardio, mountain air, learning the neighborhood), just at a faster pace.
It’s not just for boxers and playground games anymore. Jumping rope can help you with your coordination, prevent foot and ankle injuries, improve bone density, make it easier for you to stay calm, and burn major calories. Plus, it’s a portable gig. All you need is a jump rope and a solid flat surface.
Walking or Hiking
Are you living in a walkable city or a scenic locale? Does your new hospital or city sponsor any charity walks? Go outside and hit the pavement. Not only will you get in a little extra cardio, you might also breathe fresh (maybe even mountain) air and get to know your neighborhood better. You might even make some new friends.
Named after a Japanese scientist, Tabata training is a high-intensity interval training workout, featuring exercises that last just four minutes. We’re talking push-ups, bodyweight squats, burpees, and mountain climbers. You know you have time for this, so check it out.
Mix It Up
The weather changes. Your sleep pattern might be off. Maybe you’re just bored with one routine or another. Don’t let any of this stop you from getting your workout in. Learn to like a few different regimens so you can keep up the good work on a regular schedule.
Greater general wellness can be the difference between just keeping you going and making you feel like the travel nurse rock star you are. Maintain a great work-life balance by including a solid fitness routine. As you prepare for your next travel nurse assignment with Advantage RN, remember to plan for your next exercise adventures, too.