(Closed) Finding Time to Exercise While On Call

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What a crazy schedule you have! I’m not in the same boat, but what helps me when I’m busy is breaking up my workouts. For example I’ll squeeze in 15 minutes of cardio before hopping in the shower, and then maybe a half hour of yoga when I get home from work followed by a 15 minute power walk with my dog. You don’t need to set aside an hour to get a good workout. Breaking them up is also effective. You can do it!! 🙂

Post # 4
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m an on-call, exempt employee. I totally get your schedule, b/c it’s like mine. Here’s what I do:

1. I keep a rotating workout schedule that isn’t day specific. Meaning, I know that every week I need to lift twice, and run 3 to 4 times (different running workouts). Then I can pick and choose. Like this week – I worked 8-5 and knew I had to be out at a site at 7. So I choose a run workout that would fit that time frame. Friday I don’t have to be in the office until 11amish, so I’m going to run 2miles and lift arms, chest and shoulders.
2. Plan ahead. I usually know the night before if I’m going to the office late. So that means I can get a morning workout in.
3. More planning ahead. Pack your meals and snacks the night before. It takes me like 15 minutes to do that, but it means that I don’t have to dash home for dinner before the gym. It saves me time in the long run.
4. Ask for respect. I always let my co-workers, call out desk, and nurses’ station know when it’s been a long day and I’m going for a run. That way they’re less likely to phone me in over something small that I could have dealt with during normal work hours. They recognize that I have a life.
5. I don’t live by my on-call cell. Really, I don’t. I don’t think “oh shit, I’m going to get called in so I might as well not get on the treadmill.” Instead, I just work out. And if they call me in, they know it may take an extra 10 minutes b/c I need to shower. Unless you are on-call b/c you’re a Doctor, nothing is so emergent that you have to be there RIGHT THIS MOMENT or the earth will fall into the sun. And if the earth is falling into the sun, everyone will forgive you for showing up in running shorts and being sweaty.
6. Be efficent. High intensity cardio and weight lifting burns more calories in a short amount of time. So if I have to choose between a very slow 5miles or a super speedy 3 mile interval run, I always choose speedy.

I hope this helps! Good luck!

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