Finding Time to Be Active In the Healthcare Industry

Work, home, friends and any extracurricular activities you can fit in often take up all the spare time that those in the medical professions can spare. Taking care of others requires a lot of patience and energy, and if you’re not taking care of your body it makes it difficult to take care of others. Getting enough exercise is a problem faced by many, not only those in the medical professions. To stay fit and improve your overall physical health, try these tips for finding ways to exercise no matter what your schedule throws at you.

You Don’t Need a Gym to Workout

One of the reasons many men and women wind up skipping the exercise during their daily routine is because they don’t have time to get to a gym. There are plenty of types of exercises you can do right from the comfort of home, or even the office. If you have a set of weights, 5, 10, or 15 pounds, you can try these workouts anywhere there’s enough flat surface for you to stretch out on.

Over the Head Sit-ups: Lay down flat on your back with your arms stretched out over your head and 5lb weight in each hand. You can also do this exercise with one 10 or 15lb weight held between the two hands if two 5lbs is too much for you. With your knees bent slightly for support and feet planted firmly on the ground, lift the weights up as you pull your torso into a sitting position. Do these 15 times to startand increase weekly when this number doesn’t seem to impact your muscles anymore.

Dumbbell Front Squat: With one weight in each hand, stand with your legs shoulder width apart. As you squat down as deep as you can, tighten your glutes and bring the weights up to your shoulders. As you release your glute muscles and stand up straight, extend your arms and lift the weights up over your head. Again, 15 every 2 days is a great start to a workout routine.

Renegade Row: If you want a full body workout that includes weights, try the renegade you. Place your body in a plank position with hands on a set of dumbbells. Keeping your body in plank position, lift the dumbbells one at a time, 15 times each. You can start this position from the knees if you’re a beginner, going from the toes as you become more advanced.

Workout Between Tasks

Feeling like there’s not enough time in the day is common for those struggling to exercise. You can make time by squeezing in different cardiovascular activities between tasks. For example, if you must go to accounting to pick up your paycheck at work, take the stairs instead of the elevator. At lunch time, don’t just hit the office cafeteria, walk the 5-blocks to your favorite salad place and grab a bite there.

At home when folding laundry, fold on a different floor than your laundry machine or dresser. For example, if the laundry room is in the basement and your dressers are upstairs on the second floor, carry the basket to the main level, fold the laundry and then make a few trips to put it away upstairs. It might seem like more work, but it’s worth it in the end.

Self-care is crucial for those in positions of caring, ironically, it’s often something that gets forgotten or neglected. Don’t forget to make time for you this week!